Convocation Video

SIB Convocation last Saturday was a wonderful celebration!  If you would like to view the ceremony, here is a link:

Thank you to the faculty and staff for giving of your time to make the day special for our graduates and their friends and families.  A big thank you goes to Dave Stone for his words of inspiration and encouragement.  This is one of the most rewarding events of the year.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for your help in making it a really fun day!!

Spring Convocation Saturday!

Saturday, May 12, 2012, 10:00 AM
Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

The School of Integrative Biology Convocation Ceremony is for graduating seniors, Master’s and doctoral candidates in curricula under the auspices of the School of Integrative Biology. A reception will immediately follow the Ceremony in the KCPA lobby. This Ceremony is in addition to the campuswide Commencement Ceremony in the Assembly Hall.  Doctoral candidates may be hooded at either or both ceremonies.

Tickets ARE required for this event.  Tickets are free and limited to eight per student. Tickets may be picked up in 286 Morrill Hall, Monday through Thursday, May 7-10, between the hours of 1:00 and 4:30 PM.  Additional tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis on Friday, May 11, from 8:30 AM to noon or 1:00 to 4:30 PM.

Eligibility: August and December 2011 graduates and May 2012 degree candidates are eligible to participate in this formal Ceremony. August 2012 B.S. or M.S. degree candidates are also eligible to participate. Please note that Ph.D. candidates must have their dissertation on file in the Graduate College Thesis Office by April 20.

To register to participate in the School of Integrative Biology Convocation Ceremony please come to 286 Morrill Hall as soon as possible.

All graduates and degree candidates participating in the School of Integrative Biology Convocation Ceremony are required to wear appropriate academic attire. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduates wear custom regalia designed specifically for the campus. Academic attire consists of a blue mortarboard, blue gown and, in the case of a doctoral degree, a hood. (View custom regalia here (.doc).) Academic attire may be ordered at If you are unsure of your plans at this time, but are considering participation in either the campuswide Commencement Ceremony or the SIB Convocation Cermony, you should place an order to rent academic attire. You will not be charged the rental fee if the academic attire is not picked up during the distribution period.

A professional photographer will be taking pictures. Proofs will be sent to the email address provided by the graduate with no obligation to purchase. Additional pictures may be ordered online.

Instructions for the day of the ceremony.

Questions concerning the School of Integrative Biology Convocation Ceremony should be directed to, or you may stop by our office, 286 Morrill Hall.

Outstanding Volunteer Service Award

Grant HansenGrant Hansen, graduate student in the new Plant Biology Professional Science Master’s program, has been awarded a 2012 Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, through the Office of Volunteer Programs, University of Illinois. Grant was recognized for his dedication to market research and business consulting partnerships with small businesses, which he conducts through ECI-SCORE, a CU student volunteer business organization. He was nominated for this honor by his SCORE mentor, Dr. Mel DeGeeter, who also attended the awards ceremony (inset).

Congratulations Grant!