School of MCB Graduation Information

Ceremony Details

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May Ceremonies
 

The School of MCB May 2024 ceremony was held on Sunday, May 12, 2024 at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts.

View the PDF of the Convocation Program.

Questions about the School of MCB Convocation ceremony can be sent to advising@mcb.illinois.edu. You may also call 217-333-6774. 

The university-wide Commencement Ceremony was held on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at Memorial Stadium. Information regarding this ceremony can be found at this website.

GradImages

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The ceremony photographer was GradImages. Graduates can order photos by calling the GradImages' Customer Service Department at (800) 261-2576, or visiting www.gradimages.com, or emailing ecc.giservice@gradimages.net.

Convocation Speaker

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The May 2024 School of MCB convocation speaker is Dr. Kameno Bell.

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Dr. Kameno Bell
Dr. Kameno Bell

An emergency medicine physician, Dr. Kameno Bell received his BS in biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1992 followed by his MD from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000. Born and raised in Chicago, Dr. Bell developed a love for sports and biology while a student at Whitney Young High School. At Illinois, he pursued both these passions as a biology student and a running back on the Fighting Illini football team. In 1991, he was named the team’s most valuable player. Drafted by the Miami Dolphins, Bell went to Florida for preseason training—and while there he took the medical school entrance exam.

After gaining admission to medical school, he turned his focus on pursuing his MD. His residencies were at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, first in general surgery and then in emergency medicine. After completing a fellowship in sports medicine at Indiana University Hospital, Dr. Bell joined the staff at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. He has been an emergency room physician there since 2007. As a mentor to resident physicians at the medical center and as a professor at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University and Saint George University School of Medicine, he teaches the next generation of physicians. Dr. Bell has continued to keep a close connection to the football world; he serves as an associate team physician with the New York Giants. He and his wife, Kenyanna Bell, are parents to three daughters: Alyssa, Nia, and Maya.

Eligibility for 2025 Convocation Participation

Students who have completed degree requirements in August 2024 or December 2024, or will complete degree requirements in May 2025 or August 2025 are eligible to participate in the May 18, 2025 ceremony.

Undergraduate Degree

  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in LAS with major in MCB Honors Concentration
  • Bachelor of Science in LAS with major in MCB
  • Bachelor of Science in LAS with major in Neuroscience

Master's Degree

  • Master of Science from one of the following departments: Biochemistry, Cell & Developmental Biology, Microbiology, Molecular & Integrative Physiology.
  • Master of Science from one of the following programs: Biophysics & Quantitative Biology or Neuroscience.
  • Master of Science from the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology.

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Doctor of Philosophy from one of the following departments: Biochemistry, Cell & Developmental Biology, Microbiology, Molecular & Integrative Physiology.
  • Doctor of Philosophy from one of the following programs: Biophysics & Quantitative Biology or Neuroscience.

University-Wide Ceremonies

View videos and programs from past MCB Convocation Ceremonies.

2023

Congratulations to our 2023 graduates! Click below to watch a video of the May ceremony or view the Convocation program.

School of MCB May 2023 Convocation video

School of MCB May 2023 Convocation program

 

 

2022

May 2022 Convocation Video

School of MCB Convocation Program, May 2022 (PDF)

 

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Contact

If you have any further questions regarding convocation, including accessibility concerns, please contact MCB Advising at advising@mcb.illinois.edu or call (217) 333-6774.