Convocation

College of Media Spring 2022 Convocation

Sunday, May 15, 2022
1:30–3:00 p.m.
George Huff Hall
1206 S. Fourth St., Champaign, IL 61820

Livestream: For guests who are unable to join us in person, the ceremony will be livestreamed beginning at 1:30 p.m. at https://ensemble.illinois.edu/Watch/MediaConvocation2022.

Registration

Registration is required. Please contact Kendra Lindsey at klindsey@illinois.edu for further details. 

Parking

Parking around Huff Hall is somewhat limited. Parking lots normally reserved for faculty and staff will be available on Sunday. View the campus parking map in advance to locate parking option for Convocation.

Information for Students

Regalia Reminders

Hang your regalia as soon as you can to let the wrinkles fall.

Bachelor’s regalia includes a stole. This stole or the gown may require steaming (do not iron) due to wrinkles. If you do not have a steamer, hang the gown and stole up and let the steam from a hot shower begin the process.

The stoles are slippery and often fall off your shoulders. Safety pinning it to the back of your gown is a very good idea.

Wear your tassel on the right front quadrant of the mortarboard (cap).

If you are a Bronze Tablet student, wear your braided cord on your left shoulder.

Be sure that your gown is zipped when we start the procession.

Arrival Information

Student check-in will take place at the Armory. Students should arrive to the track in the Armory between 12:15 and 12:45 p.m., wearing your cap and gown. You must have all of your regalia in order to participate in the ceremony. There will not be spare regalia available for use.

Leave all personal items—bags, extra clothes, electronic devices, cameras, etc.—at home or with your guests. We are not able to leave anything behind in the prep areas in the Armory, and there is no storage available in the building. If you bring your phone with you, please make sure it is turned completely off or set to silent before your line begins to move to the entrance of Huff Hall.

All graduating students will receive a name card when you arrive; be sure to keep it with you. The card will have your name, how to pronounce your name, and a number. The number indicates where you will stand in line for the processional. There will be staff available to assist you in finding your spot in line. This is also the card you will hand to the reader as you walk across the stage.

Please stay on the track at the Armory. When it is time to start the procession, marshals will lead the way so it is important that you are in the vicinity and ready to walk to Huff Hall.

Ceremony Procedures 

Graduates will be lined up in alphabetical order and by major. Faculty, staff, and speakers will be first in line, followed by PhD candidates and Master's degree candidates. Following the graduate students will be Bachelor's degree candidates in Advertising, CS+Advertising, Journalism, and Media & Cinema Studies. We will have marshals available to assist you with the line-up process, so no need to worry.

Shortly before 1:30 p.m., we will begin the processional from the Armory to Huff Hall. Students, faculty, and staff will walk in two lines out of the south doors of the Armory. The processional will enter Huff Hall through the Khan Annex.

Once the processional enters the gym, marshals will direct you on where to sit. Please do not leave any open seats between you and the person next to you. It is important that we fill every seat in the rows. Once you are at your seat, please remain standing until Dean Sulkin invites you to sit.

When the time comes, degree candidates will be asked to approach the stage to have their name read. Once again, marshals will assist you with this process. Bring your name card with you to the stage. You will hand your card to the reader and then walk across the stage as your name is read and receive a diploma cover.

After you receive your diploma cover, you will pause for a photo taken by a professional photographer in a designated location, and then you will be directed to return to your seat.

Information for Guests

The doors to Huff Hall will open for the ceremony at 12:30 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are not required for this ceremony, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

As students proceed to the stage to have their names read and receive their diploma cover, please remain seated until every student has crossed the stage. Guests should not approach student seating or the stage during the ceremony.

Professional photographers from GradImages will be present at the ceremony taking photos of every student as they cross the stage. Students will be contacted after the ceremony with information on how to order the photos.

Accessibility information for Huff Hall can be found here.

Alumni Speaker

Stephen FederThe College of Media welcomes back alumnus Stephen Feder (BS '02, media studies), a producer at T-Street Productions. Read our story about him.

Stephen Feder has worked as a producer, creative consultant, and executive overseeing development and production on SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY for Lucasfilm; Wong Kar-Wai’s THE GRANDMASTER, Richard Linklater’s EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!, and Harmony Korine's SPRING BREAKERS for Annapurna Pictures, as well as independently for Sacha Baron Cohen on his films BRUNO and the recent BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM. He is currently partnered with Kiri Hart and has a slate of films with Rian Johnson & Ram Bergman's company T-Street as well as projects with Disney, Netflix, and Media Rights Capital.

Feder has participated in several Media Career Night panels about the entertainment industry and getting started in film and TV in LA. The recordings can be viewed here.

University-Wide Commencement Ceremony

Please visit the University-wide Commencement website for details related to the University-wide Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2022, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at Memorial Stadium https://commencement.illinois.edu

Convocation Announcements

Personalized convocation announcements may be purchased through the Illini Union Bookstore, online through Herff Jones, or through local bookstores and copy shops. For more information on announcements, please visit the university-wide Commencement website.

Lodging

The Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau website provides a listing of local hotel/motel information. For additional visitor information, you may contact them at 217-351-4133. Individuals needing accommodations for graduation weekend are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible.

 

Congratulations to each and every one of you. This is a wonderful accomplishment, and we look forward to celebrating with you on Sunday, May 15. Please contact Kendra Lindsey at klindsey@illinois.edu if you have any questions.