DURP Convocation Ceremony 2020

Saturday, May 16, 2020
Alice Campbell Alumni Center
601 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana


2:00 pm:  Convocation & Student Recognition Ceremony

3:00 pm:  Reception

Convocation Remarks: TBD


Instructions for students

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning's Convocation and Student Recognition Ceremony begins with a procession at 2:00 p.m. We ask that students arrive at 1:30 p.m., dressed in cap and gown, to check-in and line up. The Ceremony will be followed by a reception serving light hors d'oeuvres and beverages.

Registration and Tickets

Due to limited seating and room capacity, all graduates must register for the DURP Convocation and Student Recognition Ceremony and reserve tickets for their guests.  The deadline for registration is Friday, April 10, 2020. Each graduate may reserve up to three tickets at no charge. To ensure all graduates are able to include the maximum number of guests, please do not reserve more tickets than you intend to use.

After April 10, additional tickets MAY be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional tickets will be sold for $10 each. Payment must be made using cash or check made payable to "University of Illinois." Payment for additional tickets must be received in the department office (111 TBH) no later than Friday, April 24, 2020.

All tickets will be available for pick up during normal office hours (8:30-4:30) on April 23 and 24.

Registration and ticket reservations must be completed online by April 10. Before you complete this form, please make sure you know how many tickets you will require. This form can only be submitted once. Any changes will need to be made in person in 111 Temple Buell Hall.

Students should make hotel reservations for family members as early as possible. A directory of hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast establishments in Champaign-Urbana can be found at the Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau website.

Academic Attire

It is our tradition that all degree candidates participating in the DURP Convocation and university-wide Commencement ceremonies wear appropriate academic attire. Academic attire must be ordered no later than April 16, 10:00 p.m. CST. If you are unsure of your plans, but are considering participation in either the campuswide Commencement ceremony or the DURP Convocation (or both), 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.

For information on ordering your academic attire, please see the university's Commencement at Illinois Academic Attire page. There is also information regarding distribution and return on this page as well.

NOTE: Be sure to select attire for Urban and Regional Planning (towards the bottom of the drop-down menu). Check your regalia when you pick it up to make sure that tassels for DURP undergraduates are Brown and hoods for DURP master students are Brown.

University-wide Commencement Ceremony

The university-wide Commencement ceremony for all graduates is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, in Memorial Stadium. For more information go to commencement.illinois.edu or call the Commencement information hotline at 217-333-8834.

Certifying your Degree

The University establishes a degree certification date following the completion of each term. If you are on the graduation list you must complete all degree requirements, including adding your name to the pending degree list. It typically takes the college 2 months after the end of the semester to certify degrees and mail the diploma. 


All University of Illinois graduates with no outstanding University charges will receive one diploma per degree earned, free of charge. University of Illinois diplomas are 8.5 x 11 inches and sent by first-class mail to a student's "Diploma Address" approximately nine weeks after the date of award. Please check and update this address in the University systems before leaving the University (self-service).

If the diploma is returned to the Office of the Registrar, you will be responsible for providing a corrected address and paying for any forwarding mail charges as well as processing fees. If your diploma is not returned to the Office of the Registrar and 90 days from the mailing date has passed, you will be responsible for providing the correct address and paying for the cost of the replacement diploma.

University of Illinois' policy prevents mailing a diploma if the student has a past-due account. You may contact the University Student Financial Services and Cashiers Operations with questions about your account balance. Once your account had been cleared, you will need to contact the Office of the Registrar by phone at 217-333-6383 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know that we can order and mail your diploma.


Please refer to the Illio website for questions about the yearbook and pictures: http://illioyearbook.com/

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