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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 2018 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.



Fall 2018 Commencement: Saturday, December 15

Ceremony Times

10 am

  • College of Health and Human Services and the Graduate School
  • Lumpkin College of Business and Technology and the Graduate School


1 pm

  • College of Education and the Graduate School
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School



For a list of degrees and majors in each ceremony click here.


Ticket Availability

Each graduate is allotted a specific number of tickets for family and friends.

10 a.m. ceremony will receive 15 tickets. 1 p.m. ceremony will receive 10 tickets.

Ticket distribution will be Dec. 12-13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Arcola/Tuscola Rooms, MLK Union. 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.

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Contact Information

Dates to Remember

Fall 2018 Commencement: Saturday, Dec. 15
Deadline to Apply/Reapply for Fall 2018 Graduation Nov. 6, 2018

Spring 2019 Commencement: Saturday, May 4
Deadline to Apply/Reapply for Spring 2019 Graduation March 20, 2019

EIU Commencement Office


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