Graduation Activities Information from the President's Office


To 2013 Graduating Seniors from the President’s Office

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Distribution of Academic Regalia:  Monday and Tuesday, April 8 and 9

Senior Class Dinner:  Tuesday, April 9

Honors Convocation:  Wednesday, April 10

Commencement:  Sunday, May 5

Graduating Student Survey

We are pleased to provide you with information about the various activities that celebrate your upcoming graduation from Illinois Wesleyan.  Please read carefully, since these events are an important part of your graduation. Most information and updates will also be posted on the Commencement website



The academic regalia (cap, gown, and hood) that you have ordered will be distributed on Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9 from 10 am until 3 pm in the Hansen Student Center.  Regalia must be worn for the Honors Convocation on Wednesday, April 10 and the Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 5 (see below for information on those events). Some organizations provide Honors Cords for members and your organization should provide information to you if they do so.

AFTER APRIL 9, your order will be held at the Bookstore in the Hansen Student Center and you may pick it up during their business hours. If those times do not meet your schedule, please contact the Bookstore for other arrangements (309-556-3059). The last opportunity to pick up your regalia before the ceremony is on Sunday, May 5 at 10 am at the Bookstore.



You have received the invitation to a formal dinner in honor of your graduation on Tuesday, April 9 at 6 pm in the Young Main Lounge of Memorial Center. This event is a wonderful opportunity for you to reminisce with classmates as you are welcomed into the IWU Alumni Association, which will provide an Alumni T-Shirt to all attendees.



The 2013 Honors Convocation is at 11 am on Wednesday, April 10 in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall.  The Convocation is dedicated especially to the Class of 2013 and also to all students who have earned scholastic and activity honors and honor society membership.  Dr. Narendra Jaggi, professor of physics and recipient of the 2013 Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, will be the keynote speaker with your class vice president, Cameron Blossom, presiding.

All members of the senior class are invited and encouraged to participate in the Convocation processional and recessional, wearing full academic regalia (with tassels worn on the right side).  Please meet in the Music Building, room 161, before 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 walk in whatever order you wish.  During the Convocation Invocation, it is traditional that men remove their caps.

Following the Convocation, you are invited to join us (in regalia) for the dedication of the Commencement Plaza at State Farm Hall. 



You and your family received a Commencement communication on or about March 29 which provided much information and is also posted on the IWU website at   You will receive an additional e-mail with more specifics about the Commencement Ceremony itself on or about April 29, and it will also be posted on the website.

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. Chair seating for Graduates and Faculty is located on the floor of the Performance Arena along with some wheel-chair accessible seating, leaving only bleacher seating for guests.  To ensure that each Graduate can have family or friends in attendance, we provided each graduate's family with FOUR tickets for reserved seating in the Shirk Performance Arena.  Those tickets were mailed to the family on or about March 29.  We regret that extra reserved tickets for an indoor ceremony are not available, 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 could be excluded entirely.  Additional information regarding other indoor seating venues and the live webcast (rain or shine) is provided in the March Commencement mailing and on the website.



As one of the final steps towards graduation, we ask that you take 10 minutes to complete the Graduating Student Survey.  This survey is essential to Illinois Wesleyan in learning about your employment placement and/or graduate and professional school admissions. Please access the survey using the following link: