November 27, 2006

To the Class of 2007 and their Families:

I am pleased to report that Illinois Wesleyan University will celebrate Commencement on Sunday, May 6, 2007 at the close of its 157th Year.  Although the ceremony is several months away, we thought it would be useful to provide you with some information to help you plan for this important event.

The processional of graduates and faculty will begin at 12:45 p.m. with the ceremony scheduled for 1:00 p.m.  If the weather cooperates, Commencement will be held on the Eckley Quadrangle.   If heavy rain or weather alerts occur on Commencement day, our usual practice has been to move the ceremony indoors to the Shirk Center and utilize a ticket system that provides seating for only four guests per graduate.  We also arrange remote viewing locations in other campus buildings for guests unable to get tickets.  This situation is not ideal, and for that reason we have begun to explore other indoor sites in Bloomington/Normal that are large enough to accommodate everyone who might want to attend.  Once we have more information, we plan to consult with the senior class about location preference if the ceremony must be moved inside.  As we finalize the planning in the next few weeks, we will notify you of any location changes and also post information on our Commencement web site.

The University is pleased to provide caps and gowns, at no charge, for graduates to wear at the Commencement ceremony and also at the University’s Honors Convocation on April 18, 2007.  Graduating seniors may place orders for caps and gowns on January 30 and 31, 2007, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center.  Vendors will be on site if graduates wish to purchase personalized announcements and class rings.  All seniors are encouraged to reconfirm their graduation information, including degree, with the Registrar's Office prior to the January order dates.  Delivery of these orders will occur on April 4 and 5, 2007. Students who have conflicts on any of these dates or are studying off campus should contact the Illinois Wesleyan Bookstore to make other arrangements.

In early spring we will send additional information about Commencement and continue posting information on our web site at www.iwu.edu/commencement.  The tickets required for reserved seating at an indoor ceremony (if necessary) will be mailed to the families of graduates at that time. 

I hope this final year for the IWU Class of '07 is filled with joy and achievement.  I look forward to seeing you all at the Commencement ceremony on May 6. 

Sincerely,

Richard F. Wilson
President