At a Glance: May 10

May 13, 2021
Online Programs Announcements
Graduating in August?
Congratulations as you complete your final degree requirements! If you intend to graduate this summer, you will need to apply for graduation by logging into UIUC Self-Service and follow these instructions. If you are an iMBA student, you will also need to register for the Program Capstone.

If you are graduating this Fall, you can now apply to graduate. If you are an iMBA student graduating this fall, more information about the Program Capstone will be shared with you in September.
Have you Registered for Classes?
Summer courses begin in one week. If you haven't registered yet, please take the time to do so now. Degree-seeking students are eligible to register for both summer and fall terms at this time. Fall tuition will be billed in September. For more information on billing dates, please refer to the University Bursar website.
Student Spotlight: Rachel Knapp
Recently, Rachel Knapp (iMSA 2019) was featured on Poets & Quants in a student spotlight. Take a moment to read about Rachel's story!
Live Session Times For Summer Courses Available Now
As you prepare for your summer courses, please review the live session times for your courses. Attendance at one of the weekly live sessions is strongly encouraged. If unable to participate, students are expected to watch the recording of the live session as soon as possible. Attendance requirements will vary by course, so be sure to check the syllabus. 
Update Your Grouping Preference Form
Please take a moment to go into the group profile form and update your preferences as well as your availability. Preferences must be updated one week before courses begin. Bookmark the link to the form as it stores your preferences and will be continually used, unless otherwise updated. You do not need to fill out the form if there are no changes from your initial preferences. Please update by May 14, for summer course groupings.
Need Some Quick Help? Check out Express Advising!
Do you have a question and do not want to wait to book a full advising appointment? Express Advising is a great way to connect with a member of the Gies Online Programs Student & Academic Success team when you need some fast help. These are set up as first come, first serve, walk-ins where you can connect with a Specialist for up to 15 minutes and get your questions answered. No appointment needed. Check out our Advising and Planning page for more information and times
iMBA: Mentor Application Open
Applications to become an iMBA Mentor for the August & October cohorts are now open!  If selected, you will be required to attend two one-hour training sessions in order to receive your mentees in June.  If you are interested in becoming a student mentor for the next cohort of incoming students, please complete your application today! The deadline to submit your application is Friday, May 21 at 11:59pm CST.
Gies Online Convocation Ceremony
Sunday, May 16 | 10:00 am CT 
We are looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the class of May 2021! Our virtual Convocation for graduates of our online programs (iMSA, iMBA and iMSM) will celebrate the incredible achievement in graduate education. Please join us directly via Zoom by using this link or the following information: Zoom Meeting ID: 899 5258 1449; Zoom Meeting Password: 083461

Attached is an invitation you can share with your friends and family. Due to security and access reasons, we will ask that they join us separately via the Youtube stream. Your guests can join us by clicking directly on the link in the invitation or can paste this link into their browser:
Panel Discussion on Disruption and Innovation
Thursday, May 20 | 7:30-8:30 am CT | Register Here 
Panel Discussion on Disruption and Innovation What are disruption and innovation? What disruptions are coming, and how can we teach students to be ready? Join us for a one-hour discussion and Q&A on Thursday, May 20 at 7:30 am CT. The conversation will feature Tim Lee (Founder & CEO, QFPay), Frank Shi (Co-Founder & CEO, PhotonIC Technologies), Aakrit Vaish (Founder & CEO, Haptik), and Winnie Wu (student leader, Disruption Lab). The discussion will be moderated by Gies Associate Dean for Innovation and Chief Disruption Officer Robert Brunner.