IC celebrates 187th commencement with virtual events honoring the Class of 2021


Illinois College will award degrees to its Class of 2021 in a virtual commencement ceremony that will be broadcast on May 16 at 1 p.m.

Approximately 245 bachelor’s degrees will be awarded to members of the Class of 2021. Each graduate will be recognized individually and the ceremony will be broadcast publicly so that graduates, families and supporters of Illinois College’s Class of 2021 from around the world can tune in. 

Commencement and other events honoring the graduates will be available virtually, as the Illinois College campus remains closed to guests. A live stream or virtual broadcast will be available for the following events:

  • Nursing Class of 2021 Pinning Ceremony :: Monday, May 10 :: 5:30 p.m.
  • Senior Celebration :: Tuesday, May 11 :: 1 p.m. 
  • Baccalaureate :: Sunday, May 16 :: 11 a.m.
  • 187th Illinois College Commencement :: Sunday, May 16 :: 1 p.m.

Family and friends can watch live as graduating seniors gather for a special Senior Celebration and the first class of IC’s clinical nursing program participates in the traditional nursing Pinning Ceremony.

The virtual Commencement ceremony will be led by President Barbara A. Farley and Provost and Dean of the College Catharine O’Connell. The College’s Board of Trustees, who authorize all degrees granted by the College, will be represented by Board Chair Steven Mills ’77.

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About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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