Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Our 148th Commencement exercises are just a few days away. Alma’s graduation cap and gown are pressed and ready to go. We’re almost to the end of another historic year here at Illinois.

We’ve put together a short video looking back at just a few of our highlights. I invite you to take a minute and see what a year of Illinois achievement looks like when you compress it down to 48 seconds.

From Pulitzer Prizes, MacArthur Fellows and National Academy elections to a new name for our College of Engineering to life-changing discoveries to new explorations of the human mind and spirit, it has been a year filled with energy, excitement and pride.

I hope you’ll agree that when the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign builds up the kind of momentum we’ve seen this year, the only thing that seems to be impossible … is stopping us.

Thanks for another great year at Illinois.


Robert J. Jones

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