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Before Commencement

Ceremonies and Receptions

Commencement Day

After Commencement

Printable Checklist

Graduation Announcement Ordering

Cap and Gown Ordering

Alumni Association Grad Packs

Dates to Remember

Contact Us

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. There is no summer commencement. 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.

Students, be sure to check the Before Commencement page for details on applying for graduation, ordering caps and gowns, picking up guest tickets, and more.

This site should provide the information most people need to complete their commencement planning, but if you have a question that hasn't been answered here, please contact Alumni Services at 217.581.6616.

Spring 2016 Commencement: Saturday, May 7

Ceremony Times


Ticket Availability

Ticket availability is determined by how many students have applied to graduate from each College by the Graduation Application Deadline date (March 23, 2016). The number of tickets available to students for each ceremony will be determined after that date.

Additional tickets--if available--will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, May 6 in the Arcola-Tuscola Rooms during ticket distribution. Visit the Before Commencement link for more information about ticket distribution.

WEIU Live Streaming and DVD Info

Want to watch our graduates receive their diplomas live? WEIU has you covered with a live stream of the commencement ceremonies. Visit WEIU the day of the ceremonies for a link to the video. WEIU also can provide DVDs of the ceremonies. Visit the WEIU online store for pricing and ordering information.