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Students should begin preparing for commencement as early as possible.

Doing so will help confirm your eligibility to participate in commencement and to ensure your name is included in the commencement program. For the fall 2015 ceremonies:

  1. You must apply or reapply to graduate through PAWS by November 3.
  2. If planning to participate in commencement by exceptionality*, you must complete and submit an exceptionality form to your college dean's office by November 3.
    *Students must meet certain criteria to participate in commencement by exceptionality. To determine eligibility, please contact your college's appropriate certification officer:
College of Arts and Humanities Betsy Miller (217.581.5221, bemiller@eiu.edu)
College of Sciences Sherri Arnholt (217.581.5822, slarnholt@eiu.edu)
College of Education and Professional Studies Bonnie Wilson (217.581.2524, bkwilson@eiu.edu)
Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences Mary Hennig (217.581.6902, mbhenning@eiu.edu)
School of Continuing Education Lori Brewer (217.581.5618, ldbrewer@eiu.edu)
The Graduate School Patti Bailey (217.581.5937, pbailey@eiu.edu)

This page also includes information about caps and gowns, ticket distribution, accommodations and more. Please check back frequently for updates.

Graduation Announcements

Graduation announcement purchases can be made online at Herff-Jones and will be mailed to your residence.

Ceremony DVDs

WEIU, a service of Eastern Illinois University, produces a professional, multi-camera production of each graduation ceremony. Copies can be ordered the day of the ceremony or by downloading the form below. Copies will be mailed 4 to 6 weeks after graduation. Past graduation ceremony DVDs are available as well and are listed on the downloadable form.

The cost is $25 each and $10 each for any additional copy beyond the first. DVDs can also be purchased at the WEIU online store at www.weiu.net.

Cap and Gown Rental

Caps and gowns must be rented from our preferred vendor, Herff Jones.

Renting a cap and gown indicates to EIU your intent to participate in commencement ceremonies and helps us plan for your involvement.

The deadline for renting cap and gowns on the EIU website was November 15, 2015. After that date, caps and gowns must be ordered directly through our vendor and are subject to a $20 late fee.

Please Contact Storie Enterprises representing Herff Jones Inc. at 314-369-6668 or email pattystorie@att.net for all late orders.

Arrangements for Persons with Disabilities

Graduates with Special Needs

If you are a graduate with special needs please contact Alumni Services immediately to make necessary arrangements at 217-581-6616.

Special Needs Guests

Tickets for special needs guest seating will be available. Please let us know if you need special needs tickets when you pick up your tickets. If you have any questions, please call Alumni Services at 217-581-6616. Guests will be responsible for bringing any special equipment (wheelchair, walker, etc.) they may need.

Special Needs Parking

Permanent on-campus spaces are designated for persons with disabilities.

Hearing Impaired Guests or Graduates

A sign language interpreter will be located near the stage. Tickets for special seating will be available. Please call Alumni Services for more information at 217-581-6616. Hearing assist receivers (Frequency 72.900 MHZ Wideband) will be available at the First Aid Station.

Accommodations & Restaurants

Please see the Alumni Services "Charleston" page for a listing of local hotels and restaurants.

Commencement Tickets

Ticket Distribution

Dec. 17-18, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Arcola-Tuscola Room, MLK Union

Ticket Availability

  • Graduates participating in the 10 a.m. ceremony will be allotted up to 11 tickets.
  • Graduates participating in the 1 p.m. ceremony will be allotted up to 10 tickets.

Additional tickets may be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, December 18 in the Arcola-Tuscola Room during ticket distribution.

Graduates who are not taking classes on campus and/or cannot be on campus for ticket distribution may request tickets be held via email to ajwohltman@eiu.edu. Please indicate that you won't be on campus during ticket distribution, and include your name, e-number, major, and number of tickets requested. Tickets will be held for you to pick up at the will call table on Commencement Day.  

You must present ID when picking up your allotted guest tickets.

Please note: For safety reasons, children less than two years old who will not be sitting in a lap during the entire ceremony will need a ticket for entry.


Cap & Gown Pickup

Cap and Gown Pickup

Dec. 17-18, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Charleston-Mattoon Room, MLK Union

If the graduate cannot be on campus until Commencement Day, he/she can pick up his/her cap and gown in the Field House of Lantz Arena on Commencement Day.