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Before Commencement

Ceremonies and Receptions

Commencement Day

After Commencement

Printable Checklist

Graduation Announcement Ordering

Cap and Gown Ordering

Faculty Information

Alumni Association Grad Packs

Dates to Remember

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Commencement at EIUCommencement is one of the most exciting events of the year at Eastern Illinois University — and for the graduates and families involved, it's also one of the most memorable.

EIU hosts two annual commencements, at the end of the spring and fall semesters. Those graduating at the end of the summer semester are included in the fall ceremonies. If summer graduates wish to participate in the spring ceremonies, they should contact their college Dean’s office to request to participate by exceptionality.


Class of 2018 Senior Grad Pack:
Grad Packs


Students: Visit the Before Commencement page for step-by-step instructions on what you must do to prepare to participate in the upcoming ceremonies.


Watch EIU Spring 2018  Commencement live at www.ovcdigitalnetwork.com


Spring 2018 Commencement: Saturday, May 5

Ceremony Times


  • College of Sciences and the Graduate School


  • College of Arts and Humanities and the Graduate School
  • School of Continuing Education 


  • College of Education and Professional Studies and the Graduate School


  • Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences and the Graduate School 




Ticket Availability

Each graduate is allotted 10 tickets for family and friends. 

Ticket distribution will be May. 2-3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Arcola/Tuscola Rooms, MLK Union. More information about ticket distribution is available on our Before Commencement page.

This site provides the information most students and families need to complete their commencement planning. However, if you have a question that has not been answered here, please contact Alumni Services at 217-581-6616.