An Illinois State graduate gets guided down the walkway at the 2020 graduation ceremony.

Winter 2021 graduates at Illinois State University will be able to partake in a degree-conferral ceremony, the Redbird Stage Crossing or both.

Each in-person commencement ceremony will take approximately one hour on Dec. 11 in Redbird Arena. The ceremony will include a graduate processional, degree conferral, a symbolic tassel move for undergraduate students and words from ISU President Terri Goss Kinzy.

The stage crossing is an individual experience that takes place in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center. Graduates must register for appointments that will take place Dec. 9 through Dec. 11.

Graduates will have their names read as they cross the stage, receive a diploma cover from the university and be allowed six guests to attend the crossing.

The deadline for commencement ceremony and stage crossing registration is Nov. 12.

Graduate Services is also beginning a new tradition of a doctoral hooding ceremony. Students will be able to choose a faculty member of their choice to hood them, signifying their success in completing the graduate program.

The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 10 in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center. The registration deadline is Nov. 8.

Cap and gown regalia must be ordered by Nov. 4. Those with questions can contact Graduation Services at commencement@ilstu.edu or (309) 438-2836. 

ELIZABETH URBAN is News Editor for The Vidette. Urban can be contacted at emurba1@ilstu.edu. Follow Urban on Twitter at @eliizabethurban.

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