Congratulations on earning your degree! To mark this important accomplishment, you are invited to participate in the Undergraduate Physics and Astronomy Convocation, to be held live on May 12, 2024 at 1:00 p.m.  We hope you and your family will join us to celebrate your noteworthy efforts and achievement of the past four years.

Place: Virginia Theatre
Who: Physics and Astronomy Graduates of August 2023, December 2023, and May 2024, as well as their family and friends. 

When: Sunday, May 12th, 2024


Convocation Ceremony
1:00 p.m. | Doors open at 12:00 p.m.

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

Reception to be announced



You are eligible to participate in the Department of Physics/Department of Astronomy Convocation Ceremony if you graduated since May 2023 or will complete requirements this May.


You must register in advance to participate in the Department of Physics/Department of Astronomy Convocation Ceremony. This year's registration process is completely online. Convocation registration will be available at a later time. The link to registration will be emailed to students as well as posted here. 

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: TBA


Astronomy students please use this link: Undergraduate Student Exit Form

Registration is required to participate in the ceremony. Registration guarantees you tickets for your guests. Deadline to register is Friday, April 26th, 2024

Registration is not yet available. The link to registration will be emailed to students as well as posted on the Physics Convocation webpage.


The ceremony will be streamed live. A link to the livestream will be posed in advance of the ceremony.


Schedule: TBA



Regalia is not required at this ceremony.



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


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. Doors to the theatre will open at 12pm.

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 online. Check back here for the link.

Will my family need tickets to gain entrance in to the ceremony? Yes. Ticket information will be emailed to graduates at a later time. Closer to the date of the ceremony they will be available for pick up at the Department of Physics. 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 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.

Coordinator of Undergraduate Recruiting, Research, and Placement 


Irene Lira-Andsager


(217) 333-6186

290Q Loomis Laboratory