The priority during this unprecedented global pandemic is the health and safety of our Eastern Illinois University family. With that in mind, the decision has been made to cancel May 2020 Commencement Ceremonies. You have worked hard to obtain your degree and we couldn't be any prouder of the Class of 2020 for your achievements in and outside of the classroom. We understand your disappointment, but we want to do everything we can to recognize you for your accomplishments.
All eligible May 2020 graduates will receive their EIU diplomas, diploma covers, graduation programs and, as appropriate, honors medallions in the mail at the end of the semester if all university and programmatic requirements are met. Those will be mailed approximately six weeks after grades are finalized. We also encourage and welcome graduates to participate in the December 2020 ceremony, which will be held on SATURDAY, DEC. 19, 2020.
Cap and Gown: Cap and gown rental is through Herff Jones and more information on cancellations, returns or rentals can be obtained from their site or by calling their customer service center at 800-837-4235. They will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST). In addition, even though the ceremony will not be held, many students have expressed an interest in renting a cap and gown for photos or family events. Herff Jones will fulfill those orders by mailing them directly to your home with no shipping cost (although you will be responsible for return postage).
Distinguished Seniors: Nominations and applications for the 2020 Distinguished Senior Awards are being accepted through an extended deadline of April 10. These awards are presented by the EIU Alumni Association to EIU seniors who have enriched the university community with their academic successes and active involvement in all facets of campus life. You can apply by clicking here.
Contact Information: We will continue to provide information as it becomes available. Please fill out this form so we can stay connected and you can receive your diploma. If you have questions, contact Amber May at email@example.com.
Commencement 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 prepare to participate in the upcoming ceremonies.
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Each graduate is allotted a specific number of tickets for family and friends. Ticket allotments will be announced on March 27 after the deadline to apply for graduation.
Ticket distribution will be May 6-7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Arcola/Tuscola Rooms, MLK Union. Graduates do not need to reserve tickets for commencement. Extra tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis beginning Thursday, May 7, at 12 p.m.in the Arcola/Tuscola Room. If you will not be able to attend ticket distribution, you can request your tickets be left at will call and picked up one hour before your ceremony. More information about ticket distribution is available on our Before Commencement page.
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.
Can't make it to Charleston for your graduate's big day? That doesn't mean you can't see them walk across the stage and receive that diploma! WEIU-TV plans to live stream the entirety of each ceremony on its YouTube live feed, which has been embedded here and will be active as the start time for each ceremony arrives.
10 a.m. – College of Health and Human Services and Lumpkin College of Business and Technology
12:30 p.m. – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and College of Education
Nov. 3, 2020