Commencement in our 172nd Year
Sunday, May 1, 2022
1:00 p.m. — Kemp Commencement Plaza (Eckley Quad by State Farm Hall)
No tickets required. Plenty of seating will be available.
The ceremony may be viewed via live-stream using this link: www.iwu.edu/live
View commencement program
View quad map
- A final decision has been made to hold the ceremony outdoors on the Eckley Quad in
front of State Farm Hall at Kemp Commencement Plaza, so please dress appropriately
for the weather.
- Students should meet by Aspiration Fountain behind State Farm Hall at 12:15 p.m. Line-up
will begin at 12:20 p.m. There is no rehearsal. The marshals and others helping will
guide you through each step. It works beautifully, so don't worry!
- Families and other guests, due to the rain/storms expected tomorrow, we will have
more set-up to do than usual on Sunday morning, so please do not plan to arrive before
- There will be golf carts roaming the area to pick up guests who need assistance and
bring them to the quad.
- There will be plenty of guest seating for everyone. You do not need to bring your
- There will be a handicap seating area that will also accommodate wheelchairs or walkers.
One additional person may accompany the person sitting in this area, and if seating
is available, other family members may join them.
Prior to, during, and after the Commencement ceremony, the President’s Office will
sponsor a hospitality beverage tent on the west side of the Eckley Quadrangle. After
the ceremony, faculty look forward to greeting the graduates and their families at
the department locations denoted on this map.
Before the ceremony, light refreshments may be purchased at the Coffee Shoppe (9 a.m.-1
p.m.). The University Bookstore located in the Hansen Student Center offers many
items for sale (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) Alumni items will also be available for purchase at
the hospitality tent on the east side of the Eckley Quadrangle.
Near the Eckley Quadrangle, restrooms are located on the first floor of the following
buildings: Shaw Hall, Center for Liberal Arts (wheelchair accessible), Memorial Center,
and Holmes Hall. In the Shirk Center, the restrooms are located on the north side.
A first-aid station is located in Holmes Hall.
There will be limited seating inside the Hansen Student Center to view the livestream.
Senior marshals for the Commencement ceremony are Professors David Marvin and Adriana
Ponce. Student marshals are Zehra Bakirdan '23 and JD Barrett '23 representing the
Caps and gowns should be returned to the hospitality tent on the east side of the
Eckley Quadrangle following the ceremony. Families are welcome to take as many pictures
as they like after the ceremony before returning caps and gowns.
Grad Images will be taking three (3) photos of each graduate - one while crossing
the stage, one receiving their diploma, and a still shot once they have exited the
stage. You may pre-register at this link and receive 20% off your order: https://www.gradimages.com/registration/Register?ClientID=102179&OccasionRef=175529
If you have questions, please contact Julie Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 556-3780.
Letter to the Class of 2022 and Families – Jan. 12, 2021
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