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EIU Commencement

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.

Class of 2020 Senior Grad Pack
Grad Packs

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

Spring 2020 Commencement: Saturday, May 9, Lantz Arena (map)

Ceremony TimesTicket Availability

9 a.m.

  • College of Education and the Graduate School

11:30 a.m.

  • College of Health and Human Services and the Graduate School

2:30 p.m.

  • Lumpkin College of Business and Technology and the Graduate School

5:30 p.m.

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School


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 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.

Graduation Live Stream

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.

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Contact Information

Fall 2020 Commencement: Saturday, Dec. 19

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

Deadline to Apply/Reapply for Fall 2020 Graduation

Nov. 3, 2020

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