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. Below are the ticket allotments for each college:
9am - College of Health and Human Services - 12 tickets
12pm - Lumpkin College of Business and Technology - 12 tickets
3pm - College of Education - 15 tickets
6pm - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - 7 tickets
Ticket distribution will be May 1-2, 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 May 2 beginning at 12pm. Requests for tickets to be left at will call and picked up one hour before the ceremony can be made here. 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.
Spring 2019 Commencement: Saturday, May 4
Deadline to Apply/Reapply for Spring 2019 Graduation March 20, 2019
Fall 2019 Commencement: Saturday, Dec. 14
Deadline to Apply/Reapply for Fall 2019 Graduation Nov. 5, 2019