Students should begin preparing for commencement as early as possible.
To participate in Spring 2017 commencement, students must take the following steps:
|Apply/Reapply to graduate
| March 22
||Doing so ensures you are eligible to graduate and therefore participate in the ceremonies. It also allows your name to appear in the program.**
|If planning to participate in commencement by exceptionality*, contact your College Dean's Office to submit an Exceptionality Form.||March 22||Doing so ensures you are eligible to graduate and therefore participate in the ceremonies. It also allows your name to appear in the program.**
| April 1
||Renting a cap and gown signifies your intent to participate in commencement and allows EIU to plan for your involvement.
Late fees apply after the deadline.
|Pick up your cap and gown and tickets.
|| May 4-5
From 9am to 5pm in the Charleston/Mattoon Rooms (caps and gowns) and in the Arcola/Tuscola Rooms (tickets)
Both places on 3rd Floor of the Union.
| Participate on
| May 6
||Arrive at the Student Recreation Center in Lantz Arena an hour prior to your ceremony to prepare to walk in your ceremony. THERE IS NO REHEARSAL.|
A more detailed printable commencement checklist is available below:
*Students must meet certain criteria to participate in commencement by exceptionality. To determine eligibility, please contact your college's appropriate certification officer as early as possible. (See Certification Officer contact chart below).
**Names of students who have filled out Confidentiality Requests will not appear in the program. For names to be included in the program, students must have their confidentiality requests lifted by the Registrar's Office prior to the graduation application deadline.
|College of Arts and Humanities||Betsy Miller (217.581.5221)
|College of Sciences||Angie Rhoads (217.581.5822)
|College of Education and Professional Studies||
Bonnie Wilson (217.581.2524)
|Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences||Amy Annis (217.581.6902)
|School of Continuing Education||Lori Brewer (217.581.5618)
|The Graduate School||Lana Beasley (217.581.7490)
Graduation announcements are available online at Herff-Jones and will be mailed to your permanent (home) residence.
GRADUATES: Rent a cap and gown. Renting a cap and gown indicates your intent to participate in commencement ceremonies and allows EIU to plan for your involvement.
- The deadline to order a cap and gown is April 1. After the deadline, cap and gown rentals will incur a $20 late fee and must be ordered directly through our vendor. Contact Storie Enterprises (representing Herff Jones) by calling 314-369-6668 or emailing email@example.com.
Cap and Gown Pickup
May 4-5, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Charleston-Mattoon Rooms, MLK Union
You must present a photo ID when picking up your cap and gown, and you must order cap and gown before you can pick up your tickets.
- If you make plans to have someone else pick up your cap and gown for you, they must provide a signed note from you indicating your name, E-number, college, degree and major.
- If you will not be on campus until Commencement Day, you can pick up your cap and gown in the Student Recreation Center area of Lantz Arena the day of the ceremony.
- Arrive at the Student Recreation Center an hour prior to your ceremony to pick up your cap and gown by speaking with the cap and gown representatives in the Student Recreation Center immediately upon your arrival.
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 and can be requested during ticket distribution. Each guest requiring special seating can be accompanied by one individual escort. Guests are responsible for bringing any special equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, etc.) they may need. If you have any questions, please call Alumni Services at 217.581.6616.
Special Needs Parking
Permanent on-campus spaces are designated for persons with disabilities. Additional special-needs parking is available near Lantz Arena on commencement day.
Hearing Impaired Guests or Graduates
A sign language interpreter will be located near the stage. Hearing assist receivers (Frequency 72.900 MHZ Wideband) will be available at the First Aid Station.
Please see the Alumni Services "Charleston" page for a listing of local hotels and restaurants.
Ticket Distribution & Availability
Ticket distribution will take place May 4-5, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Arcola/Tuscola Rooms, MLK Union. Ticket allocations are available on the main page. Please note: Graduates do not need to reserve tickets for commencement. The allotted ticket amounts shown are available to each student for each respective ceremony. Requests for will call tickets (for students who are not able to be on campus for ticket distribution) can be made using this online form. Will call ticket will be available at the will call table in Lantz Arena an hour prior to each ceremony.