6 Instagram-able Areas for Graduation

6 Instagram-able Areas for Graduation


If you’re in town for graduation, first of all, congrats to the grad and their family! This is a HUGE milestone in life, and we’re happy that some of your most formative years occurred in our community. While you’re here, you’re likely looking for the best spots to grab photos on and around campus. Luckily, the greater Champaign County area is incredibly Instagram-able. Here are 6 spots for memorable shots while you’re in town for Graduation!

 U of I Quad: Of course the quad would make it on the list! This beautiful area of the University of Illinois Campus plays dual roles for students: backdrop and breath of fresh air. Most graduates can remember a time they just sat outside and soaked it all in, and whether stress or success calls for it, a trip to the quad is one of the best views in town.

Japan House/Arboretum: These two scenic spots sit right next to each other and make for a great walk or place to grab some peace and quiet. It’s hard to find places that look just as good in winter as they do in spring, but the Japan House and Arboretum provide scenic serenity all year long. A few shots here with a cap and gown are a must.

Meadowbrook Park: A favorite of residents and students alike, Meadowbrook Park is a great place to get a variety of pictures. Featuring paved and unpaved walking paths, a farmstead, and tons of public art, a quick photo shoot here may turn into a highlight of graduation weekend.

Roger Ebert Statue: Grads are joining a vast array of noteable alumni, including late film critic Roger Ebert, who is memorialized with his statue outside the Virginia Theater. Put two thumbs up to your University of Illinois years and look to the next chapter of your life with a fun shot with Roger!

Living Outside of Ordinary Mural: We’d be remised if we didn’t mention our mural! A little less than a year ago, we debuted our mural donning attractions and activities all over the area that many grads likely enjoyed during their time in town. Take a shot here to remember the #OutsideofOrdinary achievements and experiences you had in Champaign-Urbana and beyond.

That “Spot” You Relied On: College is no walk in the park, but maybe a particular park served as your refuge from the pressure of school. We can’t say where your “spot” was, but we would be willing to bet a particular coffee shop, park bench, or local restaurant offered solace during the school year. Grab a picture here so you always remember the dearest spots at your home away from home.

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