November 19, 2007
To the Class of 2008 and their Families:
I am pleased to report that Illinois Wesleyan University will celebrate Commencement
on Sunday, May 4, 2008 at the close of its 158th 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. on the Eckley Quadrangle,
with the ceremony scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Our traditional strawberries and scones
reception to honor the graduates and their families will occur immediately following
the ceremony. Faculty members will look forward to greeting you on the Quad.
The ceremony is outdoors even in a light rain or cool temperatures and we encourage
you to prepare appropriately. In the event of heavy rains or weather alerts, we will
relocate the ceremony and reception to the Shirk Center on campus. Because indoor
seating is quite limited, we will distribute four tickets for reserved seating in
the Shirk Center Performance Arena to the family of each graduating senior. We will
also broadcast a remote simulcast of the ceremony at three locations—the Shirk practice
gym, the Hansen Student Center, and the Memorial Center. Indoor seating is available
at 11:00 a.m.
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 16, 2008. Graduating seniors may place orders for caps and gowns on January
23 and 24, 2008, 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 1 and 2, 2008. Students who have conflicts on any
of these dates or are studying off campus should contact the Illinois Wesleyan Bookstore
to make other arrangements.
We will post Commencement updates on our web site at www.iwu.edu/commencement and
also mail information in April, which will include the tickets required for reserved
seating at an indoor ceremony, if necessary.
I hope this final year for the IWU Class of 2008 is filled with joy and achievement.
I look forward to seeing you all at the Commencement ceremony on May 4.
Richard F. Wilson