Commencement Caps


Congratulations to Illinois Tech’s graduates! All degrees for the 2020–2021 academic year were awarded on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at the university’s 152nd Commencement Ceremony, which was held virtually.

Celebrations began at 10 a.m. CDT with the Opening Commencement Ceremony, followed by college/academic unit ceremonies.

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Virtual Opening Ceremony

Watch the replay of the 2020–2021 virtual Opening Commencement Ceremony, held on Saturday, May 15, 2021.

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Commencement Opening Ceremony Essentials

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Follow along with the ceremony and view the names of this year’s graduates with the official Commencement Ceremony program. All degree candidates were verified by Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Affairs, and awarded by the Office of the Registrar as of Saturday, May 22, 2021.

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Celebrate on your Instagram Stories with special #IllinoisTechGrad stickers! Choose from an assortment of grad caps, balloons, confetti, and more. You can also represent your college.

Congratulations Graduates

View the graduating student submitted video shown during the Commencement Ceremony, as well as the full-length faculty and staff submitted video.

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College/Unit Commencement Ceremonies

Each college celebrated Commencement by hosting a virtual ceremony.

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Ankur Jain and Priscilla Akpabio

Commencement Speakers

The Opening Ceremony featured keynote speaker Ankur Jain (CS ‘03), the founder and chief executive officer of B9 Beverages, the maker of Bira 91 beers, and student speaker Priscilla Akpabio, who received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

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Fay Clayton (LAW ’78), Arlene Harris, and John L. Anderson

Honorary Degree Recipients

Illinois Tech presented three honorary degrees during the virtual Opening Ceremony. Recipients included Fay Clayton (LAW ’78), Arlene Harris, and John L. Anderson.

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collage of top three cap decorating contest winners

Cap Decorating Contest

This year Illinois Tech hosted a cap decorating contest virtually for all of our graduates. Check out all of the amazing designs that were entered, and learn who won first, second, and third place.

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