Get our free mobile app

I had a graduating high school senior last year....No ceremony, no turning of the tassel, no inspirational speech. So I rented a limo and we made our own fun. While my son had a great time, walking across the stage is symbolic of finishing school and carrying on with your life.

Illinois college grads of 2020 are getting a chance to participate in the ceremony that they missed last year. SunTimes

The Illinois colleges that are participating and allowing the 2020 grads to comeback, includes U of I, Illinois State, Northern, Southern and Eastern Illinois. So if know a college grad from last year, have them contact their school about walking!

Each school will have their own way to do this, but the majority will be opening up their football stadiums for a "redo" graduation ceremony.

“It’s a big accomplishment, and they’ve worked hard for this day, just the fact that we are able to give it to them, I think everyone is appreciative and excited about it.” - Amber May, associate director for alumni services at Eastern Illinois University 

University of Illinois Chicago was met with a petition, that was signed by almost 10,000 members of the class of 2020 to let them experience graduation. UIUC will do a virtual graduation for the class of 2021, BUT 2020 and 2021 grads can bring up to four guests for a private "in person" ceremony that will run about fifteen minutes.

Congratulations, again, to the graduating seniors...You may turn your tassel, finally.

In Pictures: What Education Looks Like Around the World During a Pandemic