To the Class of 2016 and their Families
I am pleased to report that Illinois Wesleyan University will celebrate Commencement
on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at the close of its 166th year. Although the ceremony is several
months away, I am writing to provide some information to help you plan for this important
event. Information for graduates will be sent to their IWU email account and also
will be posted on the Commencement website.
The procession of graduates and faculty will begin at 12:45 p.m. on the Eckley Quadrangle,
with the ceremony scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on the Kemp Commencement Plaza in front
of State Farm Hall. 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 Commencement ceremony is held outdoors even in a light rain or cool temperatures,
and I encourage you to prepare appropriately so that you will be comfortable for the
day. However, in the event of heavy rains or severe weather alerts, we will relocate
the ceremony and reception indoors to the Shirk Center on campus. Because indoor seating
is quite limited, the family of each graduating senior will receive four tickets for
guaranteed seating in the Shirk Center Performance Arena. Other guests may view a
remote simulcast of the indoor ceremony at two locations—the Shirk Center Practice
Gym and the Hansen Student Center.
The University is pleased to provide the caps, gowns and hoods that graduates wear
for the May 1 Commencement ceremony and also for the University’s Honors Convocation
on April 6, 2016. Graduating seniors may order their regalia on January 19 and 20,
2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center. Online ordering will
also be available until March 6, and we will provide a website link to the graduates
when that online system is ready. Students who have conflicts or are studying off
campus should order their academic regalia online or contact the IWU Bookstore to
make other arrangements before March 6. Delivery of the cap and gown orders will occur
on April 4 and 5, 2016.
Vendors will also be on site on January 19 and 20 for graduates to purchase personalized announcements and class rings, if they wish. The Commencement photo vendor will distribute cards so that students can pre-register to receive free color proofs
online after the ceremony (since the University does not distribute email addresses
to third parties).
All Commencement information and updates will be posted on the University website
at www.iwu.edu/commencement. The tickets required for guaranteed seating if an indoor ceremony is necessary will
be sent to the family mailing address(es) in early April.
I hope this final year for the IWU Class of 2016 is filled with joy and achievement.
I look forward to greeting you at the Commencement ceremony on May 1.
Eric R. Jensen