November 21, 2008

To the Class of 2009 and their Families:

I am pleased to report that Illinois Wesleyan University will celebrate Commencement on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at the close of its 159th Year.  Although the ceremony is several months away, I 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 two-hour ceremony.  Faculty members will look forward to greeting you on the Quad.

The ceremony is held outdoors even in a light rain or cool temperatures, and I encourage you to prepare appropriately so you are comfortable for the day.  In the event of heavy rains or severe weather alerts, we will relocate the ceremony and reception to the Shirk Center on campus.  Because indoor seating is quite limited, the family of each graduating senior will receive four tickets for reserved seating in the Shirk Center Performance Arena.  Other family members may view a remote simulcast of the indoor ceremony at two locations—the Shirk Center Practice Gym and the Hansen Student 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 15, 2009.  Graduating seniors may place orders for caps and gowns on January 21 and 22, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center.  Delivery of these orders will occur on April 7 and 8, 2009. Students who have conflicts on any of these dates or are studying off campus should contact the Illinois Wesleyan Bookstore to make other arrangements for their orders. Vendors will also be on site in January if graduates wish to purchase personalized announcements and class rings.

All Commencement information and updates will be posted on our Web site at commencement.  The tickets required for reserved seating, if an indoor ceremony is necessary, will be mailed to families in early April.

I hope this final year for the IWU Class of 2009 is filled with joy and achievement.  I look forward to seeing you at the Commencement ceremony on May 3. 


Richard F. Wilson