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Before Commencement

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Graduation Announcement Ordering

Cap and Gown Ordering

Alumni Association Grad Packs

Dates to Remember

Contact Us

Students need to start preparing for commencement early, so be sure to check this page for details on applying for graduation, ordering caps and gowns, picking up guest tickets, and more.

Graduation Announcements

Graduation announcement purchases can be made online at Herff-Jones.

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 your intent to participate in commencement ceremonies.

Cap and gown rental orders can now be placed online. Fall 2015 graduates should complete their cap and gown rental order no later than Nov. 15, 2015. Cap and gown orders after Nov. 15 will incur a $20 late fee.

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 Availability

The number of tickets available to each graduate will be determined after the graduation application deadline of Nov. 3, 2015. Ticket amounts will be posted on the web page soon after. 

Ticket Distribution

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

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 Josh Reinhart at jdreinhart@eiu.edu. The tickets will then be held for pick up on Commencement Day.

You must present ID when picking up your allotted guest tickets. NO ADMITTANCE WILL BE ALLOWED WITHOUT A TICKET.

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.