Graduate Blog

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October 24, 2016

In order to participate in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, you must:

Add your name to the December 2016 degree list by October 30. Take your final examination (defend) by November 11. Order academic attire (a mortarboard, tassel, gown, and hood) by November 16 at 10 p.m.. Register for to participate in the ceremony by November 28. Complete your dissertation deposit with the Graduate College Thesis Office by December 2. Obtain guest tickets from the Graduate College following deposit and registration.

If you are unsure of your plans at this time, but are considering participating in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, please order academic attire for you and your hooder and register for the ceremony now. You will not be charged the rental fee if academic attire is not picked up during the distribution period. Please note that if you will designate a hooder during registration for the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, your hooder must order regalia no later than November 21.

October 24, 2016

Graduating in December? October 30, 2016 is the last day to add yourself to the Decenber 2016 degree list. You may add yourself via Student Self-Service, or if you are unable to add yourself through Student Self-Service, see your department office well in advance of the deadline.

October 21, 2016

Here is a job opportunity for a Civil Engineering Assistant at County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works for seniors, graduate students, and alumni achieved or currently working on their degrees in a civil engineering curriculum.  This will be a fulltime paid entry-level position that will bring a great experience to them.  The application filing will start on November 1, 2016, at 8:00am PST, and only the first 750 applications received through the County website at will be accepted. 


October 20, 2016

REgistration is now open for the inaugural December Doctoral Hooding Ceremony is now open. The ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, December 10, at 10:30 a.m. in Foellinger Great Hall at the Krannert Center. Details about the ceremony and registration are available on our website:

The ceremony offers doctoral degree recipients who graduate in August and December, along with faculty mentors, an opportunity to celebrate their achievement closer to the time of degree completion. The focus of the ceremony is the formal “hooding” of doctoral degree recipients, often by faculty advisers. The Chancellor, Provost and a dean from each college and school will participate in the ceremony to congratulate students on their achievements.

October 20, 2016

It’s halfway through the semester…and grad school just got real.


It can be easy to forget to take care of yourself as the semester moves full speed ahead, but there are many campus resources to help you do just that.


Do you have questions about McKinley Health Center, Student Insurance, the Counseling Center, work-life balance, self-care, campus safety, managing stress, or financial planning?

Stop by the Graduate Student Wellness Fair to find answers!

Wednesday, November 9

Noon – 2 p.m.

Illini Union, room 104