Illinois State University conferred approximately 956 baccalaureate degrees and 240 graduate degrees at the Winter 2021 Commencement. This year, the University allowed Redbirds to celebrate an in-person commencement ceremony and a personalized Redbird Stage Crossing. Redbirds shared their winter commencement experiences throughout social media all weekend long. Check out this year’s round-up of some of the best tweets, Instagram posts, and photos to see why Illinois State is #RedbirdProud of our newest alums.
Something very subtle and successful has happened in the Office of Admissions. Staff have implemented academic policies, created a system of partnerships, and established an outreach plan so effective that enrollment has shifted. Today one in three students attending ISU is a transfer.
Redbird Arena will be the setting for the Sixty Six Games Expo. Those attending the University Open House on October 11 will have free expo admission for the weekend.
Illinois State alum Allison Morgan ’21 has always loved science. Morgan has been apprenticing at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens near Louisville, Kentucky, since graduating in May with a degree in biology with a conservation biology sequence from Illinois State’s School of Biological Sciences. She had transferred to the University as a junior.
Illinois State University welcomed 3,374 freshmen to its student body for the 2021-2022 academic year. Total enrollment stands at 20,233.
After being away from campus for over a year, students officially came back for in-person learning on August 16. Students spent the 2020-2021 academic year distanced, virtual, and masked, but Redbirds are ready to return to a normal campus life moving forward.
Chris Chavez is proof that work ethic and common sense are qualities that know no age boundaries. He recently began his freshman year well-prepared for his new life as a college student. He had picked a major, toured campus, met with a faculty member, earned a scholarship, and even lined up a job—all before packing the car to move to Normal.
Before transferring to Illinois State, Lexi Turner was an art major hoping to pursue a career teaching art. Then Turner realized her true purpose in life: She wanted to teach deaf children and help them to communicate.
Miriam Zappa likes to build things. It’s in her DNA as her father, Mark ’85, has had his own construction company for decades. It’s no wonder then that her favorite experiences as a volunteer often involve constructing something.
Approximately 3,200 students participated in this year’s Preview activities. While the mandatory Preview sessions were moved online this year due to COVID-19, students also had the opportunity to attend one of 22 First Year Feature sessions on campus during the month of July for a half-day experience.