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EIU Commencement

Before Commencement

Students should begin preparing for commencement as early as possible.

To participate in Fall 2022 commencement, students must take the following steps:

Apply/Reapply to graduate through PAWS. Nov. 1 If you have not already applied for graduation, please submit your graduation application through PAWS. Doing so ensures you are eligible to graduate and therefore participate in the ceremonies. It also allows your name to appear in the program.
If you have applied to graduate (complete degree requirements) in the next term, but meet the eligibility criteria to participate in this term's ceremony, please complete the exceptionality request for your college. Nov. 1

Exceptionality links

Order your cap and gown online.

Nov. 9

Renting a cap and gown signifies your intent to participate in commencement and allows EIU to plan for your involvement.

Late fees apply after the deadline.

Pick up your cap and gown and tickets. Dec. 14-15

Lantz Field House from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 14 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 15.

Participate on Commencement Day. Dec. 17

A more detailed printable commencement guide is available here.

*Students must meet certain criteria to participate in commencement by exceptionality. To determine eligibility, please contact your college's appropriate certification officer as early as possible. (See Certification Officer contact chart below).

**Names of students who have filled out Confidentiality Requests will not appear in the program. For names to be included in the program, students must have their confidentiality requests lifted by the Registrar's Office prior to the graduation application deadline.

College/SchoolContact Person

College of Education


School of Extended Learning

Myra Taylor (217.581.2524)

College of Health and Human Services

Janet Fopay (217.581.6674)

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Angie Rhoads (217.581.5221)

Lumpkin College of Business and Technology

Tiffany Swalls (217.581.6902)

The Graduate School

Lana Beasley (217.581.7490)

Things to do before graduation

Graduation Announcements

Graduation announcements are available online at Herff-Jones and will be mailed to your permanent (home) residence.

Cap and Gown Rental/Pickup

Order your cap and gown through Herff Jones. Renting a cap and gown signifies your intent to participate in commencement and allows for your involvement. Do not order a cap and gown if you have not applied to graduate through PAWS or submitted an exceptionality form to participate.

The cap and gown rental site will become live at a later date. Students will have the option to select to pick up their cap and gown during cap and gown distribution on Dec. 14 and 15 in the Lantz Fieldhouse. Students can also select to have their cap and gown shipped to their home for $12.95. That shipping fee includes a pre-paid return label. Any questions regarding your cap and gown should be directed to Herff Jones representative, Patty Storie at

Cap and gown pickup will be Dec. 14-15 in the Field House at Lantz Arena; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 14 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 15.


Graduates with Special Needs

If you are a graduate with special needs, please contact Alumni Services immediately to make necessary arrangements at 217.581.6616.

Special Needs Guests

Tickets for special needs guest seating will be available and can be requested during ticket distribution. Each guest requiring special seating can be accompanied by one individual escort. Guests are responsible for bringing any special equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, etc.) they may need. If you have any questions, please call Alumni Services at 217.581.6616.

Special Needs Parking

Permanent on-campus spaces are designated for persons with disabilities.

Additional special-needs parking will be available on the north side of Lantz Arena.

Hearing Impaired Guests or Graduates

A sign language interpreter will be located near the stage. Hearing assist receivers (Frequency 72.900 MHZ Wideband) will be available at the First Aid Station.

Accommodations & Restaurants

Please see the Alumni Services "Charleston" page for a listing of local hotels and restaurants.

Commencement Tickets

Ticket Distribution & Availability

Students graduating will receive 12 tickets for guests. Tickets can be picked up during ticket distribution on Dec. 14 and 15 in the Lantz Field House from 9 a.m – 5 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Dec. 15. Students unable to pick up tickets on campus can request their tickets be left at will call by using this form.

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Contact Information

Fall 2022 Commencement: Saturday, Dec. 17

Lantz Arena

Deadline to Apply/Reapply for Fall 2022 Graduation

Nov. 1, 2022

EIU Commencement Office


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