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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 involved, it's one of the most memorable days of their lives. Here in the Alumni Services office, we are happy to play a part in such an important milestone. We work hard to make the experience a great one, for graduates and their guests.

EIU hosts two annual commencements, at the conclusion of the spring and fall semesters. We do not host a 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, you need to start preparing for commencement long before the big day arrives, so 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 us at mlhackler@eiu.edu or 217-581-6892.

Spring 2015 Commencement: Saturday, May 9

Ceremony Times

  • 9 a.m. - College of Sciences and The Graduate School
  • 12 p.m. - College of Arts and Humanities and The Graduate School
    - School of Continuing Education (BA in General Studies)
  • 3 p.m. - College of Education and Professional Studies and The Graduate School
  • 6 p.m. - Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences and The Graduate School

Ticket Availability

  • 9 a.m. - Up to 7 Tickets
  • 12 p.m. - Up to 7 Tickets
  • 3 p.m. - Up to 7 Tickets
  • 6 p.m. - Up to 7 Tickets

For those graduates who are not taking classes on campus and/or cannot be on campus for ticket distribution please email a ticket request, including your name, e-number and major, to Ms. Marty Hackler at mlhackler@eiu.edu. The tickets will then be held for pick up on Commencement Day.

Space is limited at Lantz Arena, so graduates are allotted a specific number of tickets. Ticket distribution will be May 6-8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Arcola-Tuscola Room, MLK University Union.

Extra Ticket Availability

Due to a high rate of attendance, extra tickets will not be distributed until Friday, May 8, after 1 p.m. If extra tickets become available they will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis.

WEIU Live Streaming and DVD Info

Whether you want to watch our graduates receive their diplomas live or on DVD — or both! — 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.

If you would like to purchase DVD copies of the commencement proceedings, we've got that as well. Visit the WEIU online store for pricing and ordering information!