This year no tickets will be required to attend the ceremony, regardless of indoor
or outdoor location.
As a courtesy to all of our guests, attendees are asked to have someone present at
all times when reserving seats.
If heavy rains or weather alerts require the ceremony to be held in the Shirk Center,
302 E. Emerson Street, (#36 on the map) chair seating is provided for graduates, faculty and guests. Guest seating is on
a first-come basis and, while we make sincere efforts to accommodate guests, we cannot
guarantee clear lines of sights to the Platform. The doors to the Shirk Activity Center
will open at 10:30 a.m. for seating. All guests should be seated by 12:30 p.m.
Guests may view the ceremony on a large-screen simulcast in the Hansen Student Center
(#15 on the map), located south of the Shirk Center.
Convenient parking lots are located near Empire Street, University Avenue, Beecher
Street and at the Shirk Center. Commencement guests may park in any area of the University
parking lots except for those designated as handicapped or loading zones.
Guests who need a wheelchair should contact Central Illinois Medical Equipment at
(309) 827-3459 for rental arrangements. A few wheelchairs will be available at Commencement,
courtesy of the University, but they are reserved for emergency use.
Indoor Ceremony Assistance
A drop-off spot is available in the Shirk Center parking lot which is near the lower-level
entry to the Activity Center. Wheel-chair accessible spaces will be located on the
floor of the Activity Center. An elevator is located in the building to reach the
lower level. Because space is extremely limited, seating in these areas is available
only to guests needing assistance or wheelchair seating, and ONE other family member; families should plan accordingly.
During the awarding of degrees, a professional photograph will be taken of each graduate
as the diploma is presented and as the graduate leaves the stage. The photo studio,
GradImages, will email proofs to the student if they sign up in advance, or mail free
color proofs to the student’s home address, along with information regarding purchase
Families and friends may video and photograph during the ceremony, but we ask that
they be considerate of other guests by not blocking their view of the ceremony. The use of tripods is not allowed due to safety concerns.