Q. When should I walk if I am not finishing my degree in May?
A. If you are an undergrad with thirteen (13) or fewer credits remaining, or a graduate student with eight (8) or fewer credits remaining, and you expect to finish in August, then you may walk in May. 

If you will student teach in the fall but are otherwise finished with coursework, then you may walk in May. There is a check-box in the online registration form for you to notify us. Recipients of doctoral degrees, who are registered in MUS 599, must have deposited their dissertations in the Graduate College Thesis Office by 5 pm on Friday, April 24. Students enrolled in MUS 576, must have deposited their doctoral projects with Jenny Phillips by 5 pm on Friday, April 24. NO EXCEPTIONS!

For more specific information, visit the eligibility page of the university-wide Commencement website.

Q. How can I make sure I’m on the May graduation list?
A. Undergraduates should contact Ellen Marr in FAA Academic Affairs; graduate students should contact Jenny Phillips in SoM Academic Affairs. 


Q. How do I know if I’m getting College Honors (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Cum Laude)?
A. Undergraduates should contact Ellen Marr in FAA Academic Affairs. 


Q. Are tickets required?
A. For university-wide Commencement—Yes, you may request an unlimited number; for School of Music Convocation—No


Q. What do I wear?
A. Candidates participating in the university-wide Commencement ceremony, as well as the School of Music Convocation, are required to wear appropriate academic attire. Complete information can be found on the Commencement Academic Attire Page.

Tassel – Brown (FAA)
Caps/Gowns – UIUC Custom Regalia, Blue

Caps/Gowns – UIUC Custom Regalia, Blue
Master of Music Hood — PINK with black tassel
Master of Music Education Hood — LIGHT BLUE with black tassel

Caps/Gowns – UIUC Custom Regalia, Blue
Master of Music Hood — PINK with black tassel

UIUC Custom Regalia, Blue cap, and gown
Pink hood with black tassel

PhD (Musicology or Education)
UIUC Custom Regalia, Blue cap, and gown
Light Blue hood with black tassel

Q. Tassel?
A. The tassel is worn on the right front quadrant of the mortarboard and is moved to the left after the degree has been conferred. Since this happens at the university-wide Commencement ceremony, all tassels should start and end on the left side during the School of Music Convocation.

For undergraduate degrees, the color of the tassel indicates the college from which the degree is received. Bronze Tablet students also wear an orange and blue braided cord on the left shoulder. These cords will be distributed at a special Bronze Tablet reception hosted by the Chancellor in early May. If you cannot attend this reception, you must request your cord when you pick up your cap and gown.

For Master’s and Doctoral degree students, the color of the velvet on the hood indicates the field of study and the tassel is black.

Women should wear mortarboards at all times; men should remove mortarboards only during the singing of the National Anthem. Jewelry, flowers, or emblems on the mortarboard or gown are inappropriate.