Information for Graduating Seniors — April 6, 2007


Distribution of Academic Regalia:  Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10 and 11
Senior Class Dinner:  Tuesday, April 17
Honors Convocation:  Wednesday, April 18
Commencement:  Sunday, May 6

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation.  We are pleased to provide you with information about the various activities that celebrate Commencement.  Please read carefully, since these events are an important part of your graduation.

***Academic Regalia ---distributed on April 10 and 11

Your regalia (cap, gown, and hood, which reflect the degree you will receive) will be distributed on Tuesday, April 10 and Wednesday, April 11 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center. Some organizations provide Honors Cords for members and your organization will provide information to you if they do so. 

AFTER APRIL 11, your order will be held at the Bookstore in the Hansen Student Center and you may pick it up during their business hours, which are 8-6 Monday-Thursday, 8-5 Friday, and 10-5 Saturday. If none of those times meet your schedule, please contact the Bookstore for other arrangements. The last opportunity to pick up your regalia is before the ceremony on Sunday, May 6 at the Bookstore, which will be open 10-4 that day.

Regalia must be worn for the Honors Convocation on Wednesday, April 18 and Commencement on Sunday, May 6 (see below for information on those events).

***Senior Class Dinner---April 17

You have received the invitation to a formal dinner in honor of your graduation on Tuesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. in the Main Lounge of Memorial Center. This event is a wonderful opportunity for you to reminisce with classmates, faculty, and staff as you are welcomed into the IWU Alumni Association, which will provide an Alumni Tee Shirt to all attendees.

***Honors Convocation---April 18

The 2007 Honors Convocation is at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18 in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall.  The Convocation is dedicated especially to the Class of 2007 and also to all students who have earned scholastic and activity honors and honor society membership.  Professor Jim Sikora, recipient of The Pantagraph 2007 Award for Teaching Excellence, will be the speaker with your class president, Scott Simons, presiding. 

All members of the senior class are invited to participate in the processional and recessional, in full academic regalia (with tassels worn on the right side).  Please meet in the Music Building, room 161, at 10:45 a.m. where Faculty Marshals will organize you for the processional to Westbrook Auditorium.  There is no specific order for the processional line up; you may stand where you wish.  During the Convocation Invocation and Benediction, men should remove their caps.

***Commencement Information---for May 6 Ceremony

You and your family will soon receive a Commencement mailing that provides much information and which can also be reviewed on the IWU Web site at

An additional e-mail with more specifics about the Commencement ceremony itself will be sent to you on or about April 27 and be posted on the Web site. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Commencement is held outdoors even in light rain or cool temperatures, so you should prepare and dress accordingly. 

If we relocate to the Shirk Center because of heavy rain or severe weather alerts, there is very limited seating available for your family and guests. As you may know, the University did consider the possibility of moving the indoor ceremony offsite but, after much deliberation, decided to continue the long-standing tradition of a campus ceremony.

Chair seating for Graduates and Faculty is located on the floor of the Performance Arena along with some handicapped-accessible seating, leaving mostly bleacher seating for guests.  To ensure that each Graduate can have family or friends in attendance, we provide each graduate's family with FOUR tickets for reserved seating in the Performance Arena.  Those tickets will be mailed to the family in the Commencement mailing mentioned above.  We regret that we cannot provide extra tickets, but it is most fair to allow each Graduate to have some family and friends in attendance rather than a first-come seating arrangement wherein some families would be excluded entirely.  Additional information regarding unreserved seating in the Performance Arena and other indoor seating venues is provided in the Commencement mailing.