Students should begin preparing for commencement as early as possible.
To participate in Spring 2022 commencement, students must take the following steps:
|Apply/Reapply to graduate through PAWS.||March 23||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.||March 23||
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.||May 4-5||
Lantz Field House from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
|Participate on Commencement Day.||May 7|
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 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)
Graduation announcements are available online at Herff-Jones and will be mailed to your permanent (home) residence.
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. Late charges will apply if ordered after the deadline. Do not order a cap and gown if you have not applied to graduate through PAWS or submitted an exceptionality form to participate.
The deadline to order a cap and gown is April 6. A $20 late fee will be charged after the deadline. Students will have the option to select to pick up their cap and gown during cap and gown distribution on May 4 – 5 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. (Shipping will be $19.95 for late orders). Any questions regarding your cap and gown should be directed to Patty Storie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cap and gown pickup will be May 4-5 in the Field House at Lantz Arena.
If you are a graduate with special needs, please contact Alumni Services immediately to make necessary arrangements at 217.581.6616.
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.
Permanent on-campus spaces are designated for persons with disabilities.
Additional special-needs parking is available in the west lot outside O’Brien Field.
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.
Please see the Alumni Services "Charleston" page for a listing of local hotels and restaurants.
Students graduating will receive 10 tickets for guests. Tickets can be picked up during ticket distribution on May 4-5 in the Lantz Fieldhouse from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Students unable to pick up tickets on campus can request tickets be left at will-call by using this form. Will-call tickets can be picked up in Lantz Arena an hour before the student’s ceremony on May 7.