Graduation

Notification of Intent to Graduate

If you want to graduate, you have to notify the Gies College of Business. You will do this at the same time that you register for your final semester of classes through the student registration system.

  1. Select the “graduation” option from the main menu of Self-Service
  2. Click Apply to Graduate; Follow instructions to complete application
  3. Update diploma address in Self-Service

If you do not do this by the 10th day of class of your final semester, you must complete the degree list application form below Otherwise, your name will not be added to the pending degree list, and your graduation could be delayed.

1.  Click here to download and complete the Undergraduate Degree List Application form.

2.  Email completed form to records@business.illinois.edu

If your plans change and you no longer intend to graduate at the end of the term, you will need to complete this form to have your name removed from the degree list.

Completion of Degree Requirements

The university establishes a degree certification date following the completion of each term. If you are on the graduation list, you must complete all degree requirements— including requirements to formally announce your candidacy for a degree—by the degree certification date for that term.

College Graduation Honors

To graduate with honors you must meet the following GPA requirements which are based on your total cumulative GPA. For transfer students, the computation is based on your cumulative GPA and the GPA in your UIUC coursework.

Honors: 3.500 - 3.74

High Honors: 3.750 - 3.39

Highest Honors: 3.900+

University Honors

The names of students who earn Bronze Tablet university-wide honors are recorded on a plaque which hangs in the main hall of the University Library.

  • You must be in the top 3 percent of your college, calculated on grades earned through the term prior to graduation. The GPA cutoff for Bronze Tablet, which differs each year, is not published.
  • Transfer students must earn at least 40 hours of credit at the Urbana campus to be eligible, and their cumulative university averages must be as high as those of students in their college who have completed all their work on the Urbana campus.

Degree Certification

The university establishes a degree certification date following the completion of each term. Students on the graduation list and others who wish to graduate at the end of a given term (for example, students who are completing make–up work or who are completing remaining requirements through non–residential enrollment) must have all degree requirements officially completed by the degree certification date for that term.

If You Miss Certification Deadlines

The Gies College of Business and campus policy do not allow individual degrees to be retroactively awarded, nor does the policy allow retroactive posting of additional majors, minors, or other academic curricular certifications to a degree that has been awarded. Students who confirm completion of outstanding degree requirements—including the requirement to formally announce their candidacy for the degree—after the official degree certification date for a particular term will have their names added to the next available graduation list. However, such students may request and receive a letter confirming their completion of all requirements for the degree and confirming the date upon which the degree will be awarded. You can request the letter from the Business Undergraduate Affairs Office in 1055 BIF.

Timeline for Degree List and Graduation Review

APPLY:  When can I begin applying for graduation?

August Graduation:   Students can begin adding their names to the December Degree list when they register for fall courses through Self-Service.  Beginning Fall 2021, students who will be graduating in August, but would still like to participate in May ceremonies will need to complete a petition.  Students should speak with their advisors about this process.

Fall Graduation:  Students can begin adding their names to the December Degree list when they register for fall courses through Self-Service .  Students planning to graduate in the fall will be officially notified starting the first week of September to begin adding their names to the fall degree list through Self-Service by the 10th day of fall instruction.  Notification will come through Illinois email, Gies Groups, Gies at a Glance, and other media outlets.  Students who have not added their names to the degree list by the tenth day of fall instruction will need to complete the Degree List Application.

Spring Graduation:  Students planning to graduate in the spring will begin to be notified starting late October to early  November to start adding their names to the spring degree list through Self-Service by the 10th day of spring instruction.   Notification will come through Illinois email, Gies Groups, Gies at a Glance, and other media outlets. Student will also need to make sure to attend Undergraduate Graduation Planning to learn how to make plans for their final semester. Students who have not added their names to the degree list by the tenth day of spring instruction will need to complete the Degree List Application.

NOTE:  In Self-Service, all students will have a standing Application Status stating "Active Application."  This means that a student is in a good position, has applied for graduation and is on the degree list.

CONFIRM:  How can I confirm that my name is on the degree list?

When a student has added their name to the degree list, they should run a new DARS for their primary major in a couple days to confirm that their name is added to the degree list. The new DARS will have a message at the top stating "ATTENTION...THIS STUDENT IS ON THE FALL/SPRING DEGREE LIST" (pictured above).   If a student has double majors, this message will only appear on their Primary DARS.

REVIEW:  How can I double check to make sure I am on track for graduation?

Fall Graduation:  After the tenth day of the semester, Undergraduate Academic Advisors will begin reviewing the DARS of all students who are on the degree list for fall or spring. Students who have not added their names to the degree list by the tenth day of the semester will need to complete the  Degree List Application. Students will be notified individually only if they have an issue that may prevent them from graduating.  For a smooth review it is important that students make sure they have completed or registered for their remaining requirements, sent all transcripts for off-campus transfer coursework to Admissions & Records, and have all coursework from abroad studies sent and reviewed for approval.  Note:  Study Abroad coursework typically takes one semester for review and approval.

Spring Graduation:  Beginning mid-November, Undergraduate Academic Advisors will begin reviewing the DARS of all students who are on the degree list for fall or spring. Students who have not added their names to the degree list by the tenth day of the semester will need to complete the Degree List Application. Students will be notified individually only if they have an issue that may prevent them from graduating. For a smooth review it is important that students make sure they have completed or registered for their remaining requirements, sent all transcripts for off-campus transfer coursework to Admissions & Records, and have all coursework from abroad studies sent and reviewed for approval. Note: Study Abroad coursework typically takes one semester for review and approval.

Students can also review their DARS to make sure they are on track toward graduation by following the steps below:

1.  Run a new DARS.  If a student has completed and registered for all courses that will satisfy their degree requirements, the top of their DARS will have the message, "ALL REQUIREMENTS COMPLETE USING IN PROGRESS COURSES" (pictured above).  If a student has a double major, they will need to run a DARS for their secondary major.  The same message will appear at the top of the secondary major if the student has completed and registered for all courses that will satisfy their degree requirements.

2.  Check to see that all Gen Eds, Business Core, and Degree requirements have an orange check mark for "complete" or the light blue box with three dots to show "in progress."  A box with a "X" means "incomplete," so a student will need to make plans for completing the requirement in time for their intended graduation date. NOTE:  The elective section does not need to show as complete.

3.  Check to make sure the following additional items have been met:  2.0 GPA average UIUC and transfer credits counted for graduation, residency requirement of 60 UIUC coursework hours, at least 124 hours of degree requirements complete (Gen Ed, Bus Core, Degree), minor shows as complete at the bottom of the primary major DARS (DARS will show complete without minor complete, so this will need to be double checked).

After these steps, consult with an undergraduate academic advisor to discuss your plans for graduation.

GRADUATE:  How will I receive information about Gies Convocation?

Students who have added their names to the degree list will begin receiving notification around mid-semester from the Office of Undergraduate Affairs  about Gies Convocation information.  Notification will come through Illinois email, Gies Groups, Gies at a Glance, and other media outlets. If a student plans to graduate in August and would still like to participate in spring convocation, they will need to reach out to the Office of Undergraduate Affairs for information regarding convocation participation.

Information about Campus Commencement and Gies Convocation can be found at the following locations:

Campus Commencement page

Gies Convocation page