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EIU Commencement

Spring 2023 Commencement

Saturday, May 6 - Lantz Arena

  • 10 a.m. – Undergraduate Degrees for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Lumpkin College of Business and Technology: 7 TICKETS PER GRADUATE
  • 1:30 p.m. – Graduate Degrees for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Lumpkin College of Business and Technology, College of Education, and the College of Health and Human Services: 7 TICKETS PER GRADUATE
  • 4:30 p.m. – Undergraduate Degrees for the College of Education and the College of Health and Human Services: 10 TICKETS PER GRADUATE

Graduation Live Streams

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 YouTube; you can watch them here as they take place!

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.


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Click the image on the right for a downloadable PDF version of the flyer.


Student Speaker Competition

To apply to be a commencement speaker please fill out this form. Students must be planning to participate in the Spring 2023 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6.

Students must submit a written essay of their Charge to Class and video performing their speech. As you prepare to draft a proposed commencement address for your fellow students, please reflect on your EIU experience and identify a theme or collection of experiences that will resonate with all of your fellow graduates. Ideally, the theme or experience or anecdote will highlight the importance of grit, determination, and/or a special EIU faculty/peer/advisor who inspired you and prepared you to launch on to the next phase of your career and/or life beyond campus. Most importantly, the address should celebrate the accomplishments of all of the graduates, celebrate your accomplishments, and honor the many contributions of students, faculty, and staff across our diverse campus community.

The deadline to apply is March 20, 2023. Direct any questions to the Commencement Office at 217-581-6616 or email

Class of 2023 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.

Want to order a senior brick for our Commemorative Courtyard with your Gradpack? Click here to order and click here to learn more about the courtyard!

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Contact Information

Spring 2023 Commencement: Saturday, May 6

Lantz Arena

Deadline to Apply/Reapply for Spring 2023 Graduation

March 22, 2023

EIU Commencement Office


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