ICC to Celebrate Commencement with In-Person & Virtual Events

Illinois Central College will celebrate Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 graduates with a combination of in-person and online activities. To best keep students and employees safe, the College will host the commencement ceremony virtually but has added an in-person celebratory event.   

“It is very important to us at Illinois Central College to celebrate and recognize this major accomplishment in our student’s educational journey,” said Dr. Quirk-Bailey. “By providing both an in-person and virtual component, we are able to celebrate these graduates while also keeping everyone’s safety top priority.”  

On Friday, May 14, ICC will host a Drive-Thru Photo Opportunity from 3-6 pm for graduates and their families on the East Peoria Campus in front of the Administration Building. Graduates can walk across an outdoor stage and have their picture taken with ICC President Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey. ICC mascot Cosmo the Cougar, ICC Board of Trustee members, faculty and staff will also be present for photos with students. Unique backdrops and photo frames will be available for family photo opportunities as well. Face coverings are required on campus and social distancing will be implemented.  

Also on Friday, May 14, the College is encouraging everyone to wear ICC blue and gold to show school spirit in support of the graduates. The community is encouraged to take photos and share congratulations with ICC graduates by using the hashtag #ICCgrad2021. 

On Saturday, May 15, at 2 pm, the virtual commencement ceremony will be streamed live at YouTube, Facebook, and on a unique webpage. All links are available at During the commencement ceremony, remarks will be made by Dr. Quirk-Bailey and keynote speaker Dr. Keith Knepp, UnityPoint Health-Central Illinois CEO and ICC alumnus; participating graduates will be presented with personalized slides; student speaker Courtney Privia will address the graduates; and the ICC Vocal Jazz group will perform.   

To help graduates celebrate, the College created a graduate toolkit with social media frames, printable signs, computer and phone backgrounds, and even a music playlist. The toolkit is available for graduates, their families, employees, and community members at 

ICC is once again mailing celebration boxes to the students who chose to participate in the virtual ceremony. The boxes include a cap and tassel, diploma cover, commencement programs, and many other celebratory items. 

“These graduates have overcome challenges we could not imagine for the past 15 months due to the pandemic. They have been resilient and succeeded anyway,” said Dr. Quirk-Bailey. “These students are the entire reason ICC exists and their success is our number one priority. They deserve to be celebrated by our entire community.”  

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