4:30 p.m.| George Huff Hall (Doors open for guests at 3:30 p.m.)
The Department of Economics has a Convocation Ceremony for all of the Undergraduate, Master's, MSPE, and PhD students graduating. Names of all graduating students attending the ceremony will be read in order by degree. Booklets with all students on the graduation list will be handed out to guests (please note that students who add their names to the graduation list late may not have their names printed in the booklet).
Graduating students need to register for the ceremony:
MSPE (please fill out even if you are not attending graduation): http://go.economics.illinois.edu/Spring2018MSPEConvocation
Undergraduate: Click here to see the Undergraduate Page and register
***Please note that this year, guests do not need a ticket to enter the Economics Convocation ceremony!***
Convocation Speaker: Alumni, Patrick Walsh
Patrick founded Greenlight Planet during his undergraduate studies in Economics and Physics at the University of Illinois. While installing a mini-electrical grid in rural India (as part of the campus student organization Engineers Without Borders) Patrick saw that evolving technologies would make solar-powered lamps affordable enough to replace kerosene lamps, still used by two billion consumers around the world. He designed Greenlight Planet's original Sun King solar lantern in 2006 and, along with his Illinois classmate Anish Thakkar, began building commercial distribution channels in India in 2009. Sun King products today light the homes of more than 30 million people in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The company has expanded its product line to include plug-and-play “solar home systems” that provide a realistic alternative to the electrical grid, and innovative “pay as you go” financing options that make products affordable to un-banked consumers. The products and company have received best-in-class recognitions from technical evaluation programs of the World Bank and MIT, as well as awards from UNESCO, the Lemelson Foundation, the Economist, and Forbes.
For more information on the campus wide ceremony, please see page two of this website or visit http://www.illinois.edu/ commencement/.