Illinois College in Jacksonville to limit personal commencement

Illinois College will be holding a personal start-up for its graduates, although parents, friends, and other guests will have to watch from afar because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Jacksonville School press release indicated that the decision to limit the event to students only was “difficult” but was made between college administrators and student leaders from the 2021 class.

Typically, activities in the early week can attract around 1,000 people from around the world.

Graduated senior citizens will receive their diplomas on May 11th at a senior citizens’ party in the King Fieldhouse in the Bruner fitness and leisure center. The ceremony will be broadcast live.

On May 16, the traditional Abitur service will be premiered at 11 a.m. with readings, musical performances and comments by members of the senior class. At 1:00 p.m., spectators can prepare for the opening ceremony when the 2021 class is officially awarded degrees.

Last month, University of Illinois Springfield officials announced that students would be given the opportunity to have a personal “stage experience” days before the virtual opening ceremony on May 15.

More: UIS graduates have the opportunity to have a “stage experience” at the beginning

UIS graduates can take the stage of the Sangamon Auditorium to be congratulated by Interim Chancellor Karen Whitney and Provost Dennis Papini.

Those UIS graduates who choose the “Stage Experience” are allowed to have up to four guests in the audience and it will be streamed live on the UIS website for guests to see.

“Illinois College’s decision balances the need to protect our campus with a desire to provide graduates with the meaningful experience they deserve,” said Barbara A. Farley, president of Illinois College, on the press release and staff work hard to create a ceremony that will adequately honor our amazing graduates. “

Illinois College typically has around 300 graduates per commencement of studies.

A full list of the opening events can be found at

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