Department, College and Campus Events

Department Events

New Civil and Environmental Engineering students at the Grainger College Launch! event on the south quad.
New Civil and Environmental Engineering students at the Grainger College Launch! event on the south quad.

Several department events held each year give students a chance to make new friends, learn about the department, celebrate achievements and further career development. 

Events for new students:

  • CEE Fall Kick-off: typically held the first week of classes for first year and transfer students. Learn about CEE student organizations and how to get involved.
  • New Graduate Student Orientation: New M.S. and Ph.D. students gather the Friday before Fall classes start to learn about the department, academic program information, and key personnel and resources. 

Other events:

  • Backpack to Briefcase: held over the course of fall semester, these career development workshops are intended to help prepare students for the transition from school to the workplace.
  • CEE Job Fair: held every September and February, the CEE Job Fair brings recruiters to campus for civil and environmental engineering students.
  • CEE Graduation Receptions: held every May and December to celebrate graduating CEE students
  • Student Awards Convocation: typically held in April, this event brings together scholarship winners and donors for a luncheon and awards presentation

Watch for information about these and other events in your email inbox, on the department calendar and in the student blogs (undergraduate blog, graduate blog).

View CEE at Illinois calendar

College Events

The College holds several student events throughout the year. Events include:

  • Dean's Student and Family Welcome (August)
  • Launch! (August): your official welcome to The Grainger College of Engineering
  • EOH: Engineering Open House (April or May): a popular student-run event open to the general public
  • Senior Send-Off (May): held shortly before graduation each year, to celebrate graduating Grainger engineers
  • Engineering Career Fair (Spring and Fall)

View Grainger calendars

Campus Events

The University of Illinois maintains several campus calendars to promote community-wide events of interest, cultural and arts activities, entertainment and recreation offerings, and Fightining Illini sports. Notable events include:

  • Quad Day (August): typically held the day before classes start, Quad Day finds hundreds of student organization setting up booths on the Quad
  • Commencement (December and May): UIUC holds two commencement ceremonies each academic year

View campus calendars