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  • Graduates celebrate during the confetti drop at UI Commencement.


    The university-wide Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 9:30 a.m. in Memorial Stadium. It will be livestreamed at 

  • Former student chimes players Jonathan Smith, left, and Liam Flood returned for the recording, joining forces to play a duet on the chimes.

    Preserving the sound of the Altgeld Chimes

    With the imminent closure of the bell tower at Altgeld Hall for major renovation work, chimes players are hoping a recording of their music will carry on the Illini tradition of the chimes until the building restoration is finished. (Includes video!)

  • A new mammoth sculpture is found in the same place its ancestors wandered 30,000 years prior. That’s even older than the neighboring Natural History Building (NHB), built in 1892, from where it draws inspiration. Photo by Fred Zwicky

    There's a new sculpture on the Quad - and it's MAMMOTH

    The next, and past, big thing: The great wooly mammoth is back… Visible to all, not an apparition… Near the University of Illinois Main Quad. 

  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Photo by: Suzy Gorman

    2023 Commencement Speaker : Jackie Joyner-Kersee

    Six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee will serve as U of I's commencement speaker Saturday, May 13. ESPN named her one of the 50 Great Athletes of All Time. Sports Illustrated named her Female Athlete of the 20th Century.

  • Celebrate Black History Month at Illinois

    Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of Black heritage and culture. Uase this site to find events and stories of impact from Black students, alumni, faculty and staff at U of I.

  • Male and female international students waiting at a bus stop on campus. Photo by Brian Stauffer

    Fall 2022: Record-breaking international student enrollment

    Overall international fall enrollment at Illinois is 11,548, which topped the previous record of 10,826 students in 2017, and includes record high enrollments from India and Africa.

  • K-9 officers and their sweet dogs pose with the social workers who ride with them as part of the REACH (Response, Evaluation and Crisis Help) program

    Along for (more than) the ride with U of I Police

    'Our primary focus as crisis workers is in suicide prevention and hospital deferral when clinically appropriate,' says alumna Becky Rowe (MSW, '21). 'We bring evidence-based tools directly to the client, in the field.'

  • Holiday kindness at Illinois

    Chancellor Robert Jones wishes the entire university community a happy holiday season.

  • Marie Yavanovitch.

    Former ambassador to Ukraine Maria Yovanovitch honored with Douglas Award

    The Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government, presented by U of I’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs, recognizes public officials who demonstrate the highest standards of public service.

  • stock image of man at work desk with head-in-hands

    Five ways to use technology to decrease your stress

    It’s a stressful time of year with holidays and the end of the semester. Technology can add to that stress, or it can be used to minimize the stress.

  • Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent at The Washington Post

    Q&A with alum Dan Balz, chief correspondent of The Washington Post

    Join us as alumnus Dan Balz of The Washington Post, discusses the U.S. Senate Georgia runoff election between Democratic incumbent Senator Raphael G. Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker on Dec. 5.

  • artist's rendition of the proposed South Campus Center for Interdisciplinary Learning looking south

    $25M gift to support new interdisciplinary learning center

    The South Campus Center for Interdisciplinary Learning will be a four-story building on Gregory Drive between the Business Instructional Facility and Huff Hall. Construction will begin in spring 2023 and is expected to be completed by early 2025.

  • simple orange and blue graphic says, 'I (heart) graduate students'. Graphic by Michael B. Vincent

    Graduate Student Appreciation Week

    Check out the list of events for Grad Student Appreciation Week, October 24 - 28, as the campus celebrates their many contributions to the missions of the University.

  • Celebrate U of I's global reach

    International Education Week celebrates the broad impact of global learning, cultural exchange, and scholarship uniquely experienced at the U of I. Check out our educational, cultural, and recreational events that celebrate our reach.

  • 2022 Homecoming Court members sit beside the fountain near Alice Campbell Alumni Center. The fountain has been dyed orange for Homecoming. Photo by Michelle Hassel

    Homecoming parade is Friday at 5:30

    Here is the Parade Route, Note that the Fourth Street and Gregory Drive sections close beginning at 5 pm. The Kirby Avenue and First Street sections will be closed from noon Friday until after the football game on Saturday.

  • Homecoming Week at Illinois

    Events throughout the week include a student dinner on the Quad, the Global Talent Show, Saturday Night Live: Homecoming Edition in downtown Champaign,  two concerts at State Farm Center and - of course - football on Saturday.

  • fans watch a movie from the field at Memorial Stadium at a past FamILLy Night

    FamILLy Day at Memorial Stadium Set for Aug. 14

    You'll get a first look at the Fighting Illini football, soccer, and volleyball teams by interacting with student-athletes on the field. That's followed by a movie night (free admission) where the first 500 fans will receive a free Illini popcorn bucket.

  • Alma Mater statute photo by Fred Zwicky

    New program to support U of I freshmen with autism

    Incoming freshmen at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign this fall with autism spectrum disorder can take part in a new program that will offer a variety of support to help them succeed at college and beyond.

  • Dr. Ehab Kamarah. Photo provided by subject.

    Executive Director of Facilities & Services announced

    Ehab Kamarah has been selected to serve as the new Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Director of Facilities and Services, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.

  • student teacher watches a young boy doing schoolwork as both wear masks

    Taking on the pandemic—and winning

    How the College of Education successfully placed 100% of its students that required placements in schools or with community organizations during the first two years of the pandemic.

  • Four exhibits to visit at Krannert Art Museum this summer

    Learn about some of the rotating exhibits you should visit at KAM this summer.

  • 1970s-era aerial view of the (famously underground) Undergraduate Library in black and white

    Saturday: Your last chance to visit the Undergraduate Library

    By popular demand, the UGL will remain open Saturday to allow folks to visit over graduation weekend! It will be open May 14th from 1-4 pm for anyone who would like to visit the building one last time. Its doors will close for good at 4 pm.

  • View from Foellinger during Quad Day in 2016 | Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

    Quad Day then and now

    Learn how Quad Day began and how it has evolved over almost five decades 

  • Sycamore tree near Gregory Hall, one of the oldest trees on campus

    Earth Week: Five of the most popular trees on campus

    The Horticulture Club is hosting a Tree Walk on Thursday as part of our Earth Week and Arbor Day celebration. The Tree Walk will include 20 trees from all around our Tree Campus USA.

  • Photo of lighted drones flying in formation provided by Firefly Drone Shows

    Drone show planned for Aerospace Engineering's 75th anniversary

    A musically choreographed flock of 100 drones will take to the sky on Friday, September 20, at approximately 9 p.m. just east of the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign.

  • First 'A Great Conversation' to feature Maryland U president

    The first of Chancellor Robert Jones’ “A Great Conversation” events will be livestreamed Monday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to noon CDT. It will feature Freeman Hrabowski, a national leader in academic innovation and inclusive excellence.

  • Jill Ellis speaks with the press from a table

    Commencement Speaker Jill Ellis: U of I coach to two-time World Cup champion

    Jill Ellis, who won back-to-back FIFA Women’s World Cups as coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team, will serve as the Illinois University-wide Commencement speaker Saturday, May 14, at 9:30 a.m. in Memorial Stadium.

  • broad view of stage at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts during a symphony concert, with School of Music's 125th Anniversary logo.

    School of Music celebrates 125th anniversary with weekend of special concerts

    The Illinois School of Music will celebrate its 125th anniversary from April 29 to May 1, 2022, with a weekend of special concerts that demonstrate the talent and range of its students, faculty, alumni, and community performers.

  • 2022 Undergraduate Research Week

    A celebration of student innovation and excellence at Illinois, April 24 - 30

  • Miss the Conversation with Senior Leadership? Watch it now

    Hear from the panelists: Chancellor Robert Jones, Provost Andreas Cangellaris, and the Vice Chancellors for Student Affairs; Advancement; Administration and Operations, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Research and Innovation.

  • Promotional photo of comedian Gilbert Gottfried

    From Gottfried to 'Golden Arm,' Ebertfest back in full swing

    With Oscar-winning directors, comedians and musicians, augmented by many independent movie gems, this year’s lineup takes the festival back to the roots established by late co-founder Roger Ebert.

  • Dr. Mark S. Cohen will be the next dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.  Photo provided, graphic by Michael Vincent

    Dean selected for Carle Illinois College of Medicine

    Dr. Mark S. Cohen will be the next dean, as well as senior vice president and chief academic officer at Carle Health, effective May 16. Carle Illinois, the world’s first engineering-based medical school, will graduate its first class in May.

  • stock image of woman looking very happy to be exercising with a large blue balance ball

    It's Illini Wellness Week!

    Check out the list of events for March 2 - 9 and explore the eight dimensions of wellness. You may be surprised at the programs and services our campus offers to help you maintain and expand all aspects of your health.

  • Djordjevic's dog Andy takes a nap. Andy joins Djordjevic for outdoor meetings with students on the Main Quad. (Submitted photo)

    Stephan Djordjevic supports students in history, with an assist from his dog

    Stefan Djordjevic has served students as the academic advisor for the Department of History. Through his experiences, he’s learned that students have histories to teach him, as well.

  • Artist Patrick Earl Hammie, a professor in the School of Art and Design, beside his painted portrait of Albert R. Lee, a pioneer for African American students on campus in the first half of the 20th century. Photo by Fred Zwicky

    U of I artist's portrait of student advocate Albert Lee to be dedicated Feb. 1

    Lee is described as the first unofficial dean for African American students. He helped students get admitted, find housing in the homes of black community members when black students weren’t allowed to live or eat on campus, and find jobs.

  • Jan Sadeler I, The Fall, 1643. Engraving. Museum purchase through the Robert and Sonia Carringer Art Acquisitions Fund.

    KAM exhibition of sacred, supernatural prints celebrates printmakers' skills

    A Krannert Art Museum exhibition of prints depicting sacred and supernatural imagery will showcase Early Modern treasures from across campus, including the growing collection of historical European prints in KAM’s collection.

  • His Dream: Ideals Worth Fighting For

    A celebration of this community’s commitment to the deam of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 4:30 PM, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Featured speaker is MLK's nephew, Dr. Derek Barber King, Sr.

  • volunteers sing holiday songs to a caller

    Looking for holiday cheer? Dial-A-Carol!

    University Housing’s longest-standing tradition of 61 years, Dial-A-Carol is taking place December 9 – 15, 24/7. You call, our awesome volunteers sing whatever holiday (or non-holiday) tune you’d like! 217-332-1882.

  • Watch it now

    Join us (virtually or in-person) for the State of the University 2021 as Chancellor Robert Jones provides a brief overview of the year so far, offer some updates on our current plans and initiatives and talk about our bold plans for the future.

  • Artist and graphic design professor Stacey Robinson was commissioned to create artwork for the project. “Parable Path,” left, is part of a related exhibition, “Future Spaces in Community Places,” at the University YMCA.  Courtesy Stacey Robinson

    Project explores Octavia E. Butler novel through discussions, art, music

    Octavia E. Butler’s dystopian novel 'Parable of the Sower' is centered around themes that resonate today – climate change, economic instability, and social chaos. The novel s the focus of a year-long project, Parable Path CU, led by Krannert Center.

  • graphic advertising the Festival of Writers

    Meet a NYT bestselling author, a U.S. Poet Laureate, and a Pulitzer Prize winner

    You can hear from an author of several NYT bestsellers, the 22nd United States Poet Laureate, and the winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry at the U of I’s Festival of Writers.

  • Senior acting student Haven Crawley plays Margaret in the Midwest premiere production of 'Origin Story'

    Theatre's production of 'Origin Story' looks at millennials' post-college life

    the Midwest premiere of 'Origin Story,' written by theatre alumnus Nathan Alan Davis, tells of millennial friends who are trying to pay off their college debt while figuring out what they want to do with their lives. 

  • The Funk Library, Information and Alumni Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Envirnonmental Sciences.

    Jewel of the ACES campus: LIAC turns 20 years

    In the center of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences campus at Illinois stands a massive, hexagon-shaped building, beloved for its gorgeous interior and study spaces with lush, green views of south campus.

  • aerial view of campus

    Initial planning begins for new ethnic, gender and women’s studies building

    The university will undertake a feasibility study for the building, which would house the Departments of Gender & Women’s Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, and Latina/Latino Studies, and the Program in American Indian Studies.

  • Graphic - orange and blue letters (mis)spell 'graditude'

    Graduate Student Appreciation Week, October 25-29

    Thank you. We wouldn't be who we are without you. At 20,000+ graduate students, you are one-third of the entire student population. We hope you take some time this week to celebrate with your Illinois family.

  • View of the new sculpture outside the College of Medicine building

    New Carle Illinois sculpture's dual meaning reflects mission of the college

    It shows both the exterior of the hand and an X-ray view of an interior where a problem in need of a solution might live - much like the problems Carle Illinois is determined to solve as the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine.

  • Extended arms of the Alma Mater statue

    Having a tough time? Help is available

    Almost everyone experiences times in their lives when they are unsure what to do or to whom to reach out for help. Here's a place to start.

  • Artist Christopher Robert Jones, who teaches in the School of Art and Design, and exhibition curator Liza Sylvestre, Krannert Art Museum’s curator of academic programs, sit on a bench that is part of the 'Crip*' exhibition.

    'Crip*' exhibition at Krannert Art Museum centers on experiences with disability, access

    Curator Liza Sylvestre said the exhibition refers to 'crip theory,' which considers not just disability but also race, sexual identity, class and educational status, and how those identities connect and overlap.

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering building on the Bardeen Quad at Illinois

    IBM-Illinois Discovery Accelerator Institute virtual launch Tuesday

    Join leaders from IBM, the U of I, The Grainger College of Engineering and the state for a first look at the academic-industry partnership spurring breakthroughs in hybrid cloud and AI, quantum computing, materials discovery, and sustainability.

  • Acting professor Nisi Sturgis (left) and theatre student Gabrielle DeMarcho perform in “The 48,” an early-season workshop in which students cast, rehearsed and performed student-written plays in two days.  Photo by Darrell Hoemann

    Illinois theatre season reimagines the American story

    The theatre department will produce a season of plays that offer a fresh look at the American theater by bringing a broad range of voices to the stage, featuring work by women, people of color, LGBTQ authors and students.