Congratulations on earning your degree! To mark this important accomplishment, you are invited to participate in the Undergraduate Physics and Astronomy Convocation on May 14, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. We hope you and your family will join us to celebrate your noteworthy efforts and achievement of the past four years. 

Convocation registration is now live! You can submit your RSVP by clicking on the link: convocation registration link. Please be sure to submit your RSVP by Friday, April 21st to ensure your name appears in the program. 

In addition to Convocation registration we ask that you please also submit your answers for the following exit survey questions. These questions are incredibly important in allowing the departments to keep in contact with you as well as determining the placement of our graduates.

Physics students please use this link:

Physics students exit survey

Astronomy students please use this link:

Astronomy students exit survey


Convocation Information: 

Location: Virginia Theatre (203 W Park Ave., Champaign, IL. 61820).

Date and Time: Sunday, May 14th at 2:00pm.

Who: Physics and Astronomy Graduates of August 2022, December 2022, and May 2023, as well as their family and friends

Reception Location and Information: The Orpheum Theatre (346 N Neil St., Champaign, IL. 61820). Reception will begin directly after the ceremony.


Schedule: Graduates should plan to be at the Virginia Theatre by 1:15pm on Sunday, May 14th to line up for the ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 2:00pm and run until approximately 3:00pm. There will be a reception after the ceremony at The Orpheum Theatre.  



What amenities will be available at the Virginia Theatre? Concessions will be available including bottled beverages, popcorn, and light snacks. Flowers will be available for purchase on the second floor. Both the main floor as well as the balcony will be open and available for seating. Seating is first come, first serve. The doors to the Virginia will open at 1pm. 

Do I need to register to participate in the ceremony? Yes. 

How do I register? Each graduate will receive an email containing the registration link as well as an exit survey. If you have not received the email by April 1st please contact us via email. 

Will the ceremony be available to watch online? Yes! The ceremony will be available for viewing by clicking on the following link: watch the convocation ceremony by clicking here!

Link to Convocation Recording

Will my family need tickets to gain entrance in to the ceremony? Yes. Tickets are now available for pick up in Loomis 211 (Main Department Office)! Extra tickets will be available the day of the ceremony. Graduates do not need a ticket to gain entry but may want one for commemorative purposes. 

Will there be a bag check? Yes! Bags will be examined upon entry into the theatre.

How many tickets are given to each graduate? Each graduate will receive a minimum of 4 tickets per person for their friends and family. Any extra tickets needed can be obtained at the Virginia Theatre the day of the event. There is no charge for tickets. 

What should I wear? If you are participating in the University-Wide commencement ceremony over the weekend and have a cap and gown feel free to wear it to Convocation. If you do not have a cap and gown most graduates as well as friends and family wear business casual attire.  

What if I need disability accommodations? If you need disability accommodation, please let the Convocation organizers (Irene and Kelly) know as soon as possible and we will work with the Virginia Theater to coordinate the accommodation. Please note that there are several wheelchair accessible seats in the section for the graduates.   



For information on the University-wide Commencement ceremony, visit If you have questions about Commencement, please contact the Committee on Commencement at 217.333.8834 or



Coordinator of Undergrad Recruiting, Research, and Placement
Irene Lira-Andsager
(217) 333-6186
290Q Loomis Laboratory
Office Support Specialist
Kelly Darr
(217) 300-7821
211 Loomis Laboratory