Winter Commencement 2021 recap: Your best photos, tweets, posts

A photo of the commencement stage.

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.

Welcomed without worry: Transfer students embraced at ISU

Digital watercolor painting of campus and students walking through the Jesse Fell gates

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.

Love for nature, research leads to apprenticeship at Yew Dell Botanical Garden

Allison Morgan, left, leads guided tours through the gardens' pollinator meadow at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens.

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.

First Year Feature allows incoming students to see campus

Preview Guide Raven Grier Bain takes a student and his family on a tour of the Quad.

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.