At a Glance: January 17, 2023

Feb 5, 2023
Online Programs Announcements
Holiday Closure Today-- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The University is closed today to celebrate the life and achievements of US Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr. Please refer to your course syllabi for assignment deadlines and live session schedules. University offices will be closed, and responses via email will be delayed during this time. We look forward to interacting with you when the University reopens tomorrow, January 17.
Share Your Specialization Certificate with Accredible
Congratulations to learners who earned Specialization Certificate awards last week in recognition of completing specialization coursework. Haven’t had a chance to share your award yet? Learn how to share your credentials with your network via Accredible.
Express Advising
Spring 2023 first 8-week courses are officially underway! The Student and Academic Success Team provides academic advising and support for all students in Gies Online Programs. Drop in to Express Advising if you have quick questions regarding registration and drop schedules, course selections, degree planning or resources available to you!
May 2023 iDegrees Convocation Ceremony 
The May 2023 iDegrees Convocation Ceremony will be held in person on Friday, May 12 from 3:00-4:30 pm CT at the State Farm Center. Ceremony registration and details will be shared out to May 2023 graduates later in the semester, but we encourage you to check the Gies Convocation Website for more updates.  
Degree Conferral vs Convocation Ceremony  
iDegrees Convocation Ceremony: This is the in-person graduation ceremony held by the Gies College of Business on Friday, May 12. This ceremony is a celebration of completing your degree, but your degree conferral is the formal process by which the University awards your degree, and this is an entirely separate process from the convocation ceremony.  
Degree Conferral: Refers to the process that the University will officially verify that learners have completed their degree requirements and award degrees. The University will begin to confer degrees for May 2023 graduates starting on May 13, but it may take longer for the degree to be officially awarded. For May 2023 graduates to be awarded their degree, they will need to apply for graduation on student self-service by April 2.  
Faculty Feature
Michael Roach
Professor Michael Roach is an Associate Professor of Business Administration. He earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration (Strategy) at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and joined the faculty at Gies in 2022. His research lies at the intersection of technology entrepreneurship and scientific labor markets, including how immigration policies can affect American innovation. At Gies, Professor Roach teaches courses in technology strategy and strategic innovation.

Find Professor Roach: 
In March 2023, Professor Roach will join the instructional team for MBA 551: Strategic Innovation as a co-lead instructor with Professor Geoff Love.
Phoenix Meet Up 
Friday, January 20 |  6:00-8:00 pm MT | Register Here
Gies Business is looking forward to providing an opportunity for our iDegree learners and alumni in the Phoenix area to gather for a Meet Up! Join Associate Dean of Graduate Programs Nerissa Brown for an evening of networking and connecting at The Ainsworth, 3 S 2nd St Suite 117, Phoenix, AZ 85004. 
Please let us know if you will plan to attend by Thursday, January 19. If you will need disability-related accommodations to participate in this event, contact
Women's Coffee Chat
Wednesday, January 25 |  11:00 am CT | Register Here
Join us to explore how women in business can achieve success in Gies Online! A recruitment leader here at Gies Online will be joined by some of the amazing women currently studying in one of our online programs. Bring your questions and a cup of coffee to sit back and discuss the experiences and challenges women face in business and how graduate education can help women succeed. 
In Case You Missed It...
Drop Deadline First 8-Weeks 
For Spring first 8- week courses that launch on Wednesday, January 11, the drop deadline to receive a full refund is Monday, January 16 at 11:59 pm CT. Course start times may vary so please refer to the Spring Course Refund Guide for dates and refund amounts. If you have any questions about the drop or withdrawal policies please reach out to
Update Your Grouping Preference Form
At the beginning of each 8-week session, you should update your availability on the Grouping Preference Form. The grouping preference tool translates your time preferences into UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) so you can be grouped with individuals with similar availability around the globe.
Congratulations Gies iMBA! 
We’re proud to share the great news that our online MBA – called the iMBA – has earned the coveted distinction of 2022 MBA Program of the Year by Poets & Quants, the preeminent source for information on undergraduate and graduate business education. This is an annual award given to one MBA program in the world. We were honored for our unmatched combination of quality, flexibility, and affordability – as well as our commitment to creating new pathways into the degree program through our stackable online offerings. Watch the Announcement.
Use the Event Calendar for upcoming events and academic deadlines this semester.
Drop Deadline for January 11 Courses 
January 16 | Spring Refund Guide
Holiday Closure-- Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
January 16 | The University of Illinois will be closed on Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day, a National Holiday in the United States. 
Phoenix Meet Up 
January 20 |  6:00-8:00 pm MT | Register by Jan 19 
Spring 2023 2nd 8-Weeks Registration Deadline 
February 22 
Deadline to Apply to Graduate in May 2023 
April 2 | Apply to Graduate
For May 2023 graduates to be awarded their degree, they will need to apply to graduate on student self-service by April 2. This application will not register you for the convocation ceremony. 
May 2023 iDegrees Convocation Ceremony
Friday, May 12 | 3:00-4:30 pm CT | State Farm Center
This ceremony is a celebration of learners completing their degree, but the degree conferral is the formal process by which the University awards degrees. 
May 2023 Degree Conferral
May 13 
The University will begin to confer degrees for May 2023 graduates starting on May 13, but it may take longer for the degree to be officially awarded.