Students, you need to start preparing for commencement long before the big day arrives, so be sure to check this page for details on applying for graduation, ordering caps and gowns, picking up guest tickets, and more.
Graduation announcement purchases can be made online at Herff-Jones.
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 DVD's are available as well and are listed on the downloadable form.
The cost is $25 each and $10 each for any additional copies. DVDs can also be purchased at the WEIU online store at www.weiu.net.
The online cap and gown ordering site is closed. To order cap and gown please contact our Herff Jones representative at 217-817-0607 to place your order. A $20 late fee will be applied.
You must rent a cap and gown from our preferred vendor, Herff Jones. Renting your cap and gown indicates that you plan to participate in commencement ceremonies.
Graduates with Special Needs
If you are a graduate with special needs please contact Alumni Services immediately to make necessary arrangements at 217-581-6892.
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 217-581-6892. 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 217-581-6892. 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.
May 7-9, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Arcola-Tuscola Room, MLK Union
You must present ID when picking up your allotted guest tickets. NO ADMITTANCE WILL BE ALLOWED WITHOUT A TICKET.
- 9 a.m. - 8 Tickets
- Noon - 8 Tickets
- 3 p.m. - 7 Tickets
- 6 p.m. - 7 Tickets
If you are interested in extra tickets, you will need to check at ticket distribution after 1 pm, Friday, May 9, in the Arcola-Tucsola Room of the MLK Jr. University Union. Extra tickets will be first-come first-serve at that time.
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 email@example.com.
Cap and Gown Pickup
May 7-9, 9 am - 5 pm
Charleston-Mattoon Room, MLK Union
If the graduate cannot be on campus until Commencement day they can pick up their cap and gown in the Fieldhouse of Lantz Arena on Commencement Day.