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Before Commencement

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Commencement Day

After Commencement

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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.

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

Fall 2016 Commencement: Saturday, December 17

Ceremony Times


Ticket Availability

Graduates will initially be allotted the following number of tickets depending on the ceremony in which they are graduating:

10 a.m.: 8 tickets

1 p.m.: 8 tickets

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.

A copy of the Spring 2016 program is available here as a .pdf document.

Live Streaming

A web-based live stream of our Fall 2016 commencement events are available, and the link will be posted here. This is a free stream that anyone who has internet access may watch.

EIU's Spring 2016 ceremonies are temporarily archived and available on the OVC Digital Network.