Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois

Convocation Ceremonies

Alma Mater in her cap & gown.

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is pleased to celebrate the academic achievements of its students by holding convocation ceremonies.

Winter 2017 convocation

In December 2017, the department will hold a winter convocation. It will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, in Room 116 of Roger Adams Laboratory, 600 South Mathews Avenue, Urbana.

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Chris Burcham, BS ’92

The speaker will be Dr. Christopher Burcham, BS ’92. Dr. Burcham is a Senior Engineering Advisor at Eli Lilly and Company, in the Small Molecule Design and Development department within Product Research and Development. He currently is the lead engineer responsible for the commercialization of a late phase development project. He earned his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1992 and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University in 1998.

A reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the hallway outside room 116 in Roger Adams Lab.

Students should follow this link to register. The deadline for students to register is Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Tickets are not required for the December 2017 ceremony. Regalia is required for the convocation ceremony. Students should order your cap and gown through Herff Jones. Don’t wait to order regalia; deadlines and late fees are set by the vendor.

Please contact Becky Lyle at with any questions.

There is no campuswide winter commencement. The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences will host a winter convocation ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, in Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Spring 2018 convocation

When: 10 a.m., Sunday, May 13, 2018. Doors open at 9 a.m.

Where: Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana.

Advanced registration is required for the formal department ceremony. Additional information will be forthcoming. If you have any questions, please contact Becky Lyle,, (217) 244-2819.

Spring Convocation Speaker

To be announced.

FAQs about Spring Convocation

How long is the ceremony?

Approximately 1.5 hours.

Is academic regalia required?


What time do I arrive and where?

Students should arrive by 8:30 a.m. and meet in the backstage hallway of Tryon Festival Theatre. Doors will open at 9 a.m. for family members.

Is flash photography allowed during the ceremony?

Yes, we encourage your family to take photos. They can come to the front of the stage but are not allowed on stage.

Is videorecording allowed during the ceremony?


What if someone in my party requires special access needs?

Contact Nicholas Puddicombe at or (217) 247-0572.

Additional information: The campus-wide commencement ceremony will be on Saturday, May 12, 2018. For student instructions and ceremony details, visit the campus commencement website.

Coverage of ChBE’s Spring 2017 Convocation