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Before Commencement

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Commencement Day

After Commencement

Printable Checklist

Graduation Announcement Ordering

Cap and Gown Ordering

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 2017:
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.

Families: For those unable to attend the ceremonies in person, a livestream of the May 6, 2017 commencement ceremonies is available through the Ohio Valley Conference Digital Network:



Spring 2017 Commencement: Saturday, May 6

Ceremony Times


Ticket Availability

Please note: Graduates do not need to reserve tickets for commencement. These numbers are the allotted amounts available to each student for each respective ceremony.

  • 9 a.m.
    • 10
  • 12 p.m.
    • 10
  • 3 p.m.
    • 8
  • 6 p.m.
    • 8

Ticket distribution will be May 4-5, 9 a.m. - 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.