Senior Year Advising & Graduation

In addition to reviewing the Graduation FAQ from the Office of the Registrar, students should use the following resources and checklists to ensure their successful graduation from the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

Checklist for Students Graduating THIS Semester

Students should:

  • Add themselves to the Pending Degree List (PDL) via UI Integrate Self-Service by the 10th day of classes if they have not in the previous semester.
    • Engineering will then start sending information about the Graduation Convocation Ceremonies.
    • Degrees cannot be certified for students who are not on the PDL.
  • Register for the Graduation Convocation Ceremonies if wanting to attend.
  • Run a Degree Audit by the 10th day of classes. Ensure all requirements are complete.
  • Address shortages with their departmental advisor as soon as possible.  Waiting to address issues may delay graduation. 
  • Ensure all test scores and transfer credit has been sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions if not already.
  • Visit Records staff at the Advising Center on the 4th floor of Grainger Library for any questions or concerns about degree requirements. 
  • Adjust their schedules to address shortages, by the 10th day of classes.
    • Engineering will start reviewing students' degree requirements by mid-semester, if they are on the PDL.  Students will receive emails if there are any issues or incomplete degree requirements.  
  • Missed Deadline: Students will not be certified to graduate if they are not on the Pending Degree List.  Students who missed the deadline need to complete the Late Addition to the Degree List Form as soon as possible.

Checklist for Students Graduating NEXT Semester

All seniors are strongly encouraged to start planning for graduation when they are planning classes for their entire senior year.  

Students should:

  • Run a Degree Audit and make sure to double check all missing requirements.
  • Address shortages with their departmental advisor as soon as possible.  Waiting to address issues may delay graduation. 
  • Ensure all test scores and transfer credit has been sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions if not already.
  • Visit Records staff at the Advising Center on the 4th floor of Grainger Library for any questions or concerns about degree requirements. 
  • Plan classes for their final year accordingly (for both current and graduating semester).
  • When registering for final semester classes:
    • Ensure the classes will fulfill all remaining degree requirements.   
    • Add themselves to the Pending Degree List (PDL) via UI Integrate Self-Service.
    • If an underload is needed/desired for their final semester, apply for underload by the deadline in the previous semester. See Overloads and Underloads Page for more information.
      • Students must be on the PDL for Engineering to review underload requests.
      • Underloads cannot be approved for students missing 12 hours or more to graduate, per the Degree Audit.

Checklist for Students Graduating in Summer

Students should:

  • NOT Add themselves to the Pending Degree List (PDL) for Spring.
  • Students will be able to attend the May Graduation Convocation ceremony, even if they are not on the Spring PDL.
    • Check information about the Graduation Convocation Ceremonies early spring.
    • Register for the May Graduation Convocation Ceremonies if they wish to attend in May.
  • Add themselves to the Summer PDL in April when they register for Summer classes via UI Integrate Self-Service.
    • Engineering cannot certify degrees at the end of the summer semester for students who are not on the PDL.
  • Run a Degree Audit by the 10th day of classes in spring, and make sure to double check that all requirements are complete.
  • Address shortages with their departmental advisor as soon as possible. Waiting to address issues may delay graduation.  
  • Visit Records staff at the Advising Center on the 4th floor of Grainger Library for any questions or concerns about degree requirements. 
  • Adjust their schedule to address shortages, by the 10th day of classes in spring.
  • Not apply for spring underload if they plan to graduate in summer.

Graduation Convocation

December 2021 Grainger College of Engineering Convocation

We are planning for an in-person ceremony in December. Details are in process and will be posted soon. Kindly note that the COVID situation remains fluid and plans may change as needed.

Please visit the Grainger Graduation webpage for updates that will be coming soon.

If you have questions, feel free to contact the Engineering Graduation Convocation Coordinator at engineering-convocation@illinois.edu