To: Class of 2017

From: President Eric Jensen

I am pleased to report that Illinois Wesleyan University will celebrate Commencement on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at the close of our 167th year. Although the ceremony is several months away, I am writing to provide some information to help you plan for this important event. This information also will be sent to to your parents and posted on the Commencement website:

Weather permitting, 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. The ceremony typically lasts for about two hours, and will be followed by a reception to honor the graduates and their families. 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. We will make every attempt to provide timely notice, should the eventuality arise.

The University is pleased to provide the caps, gowns and hoods that graduates wear at both Commencement and the Honors Convocation on April 12, 2017. You may order your regalia on January 24 and 25, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center. online ordering will also be available until March 5, and we will provide a link when that 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 5. Delivery of the cap and gown orders will occur on April 10 and 11, 2017.

Vendors will also be on site on January 24 and 25 for graduates to purchase personalized announcements and class rings, if they wish. The Commencement photo vendor will distribute cards so that you can pre-register to receive free color proofs online after the ceremony (since the University does not distribute email addresses to third parties).

I hope this final year for the IWU Class of 2017 is filled with joy and achievement. I look forward to shaking your hand and meeting family and friends at Commencement.