March 24, 2021
Dear Class of 2021 and your families,
This has been an extremely difficult year, and yet, your class of ’21 has consistently
demonstrated patience, caring, and leadership. You accepted the Titan Pledge and embraced
the countless decisions necessary to keep our campus safe and open. I am very grateful
for what we as a community have been able to do together.
I know you have been anxiously awaiting news about Commencement, and I am pleased
to announce that Illinois Wesleyan University will celebrate in person on Sunday,
May 2, 2021, at the close of our 171st year. Weather permitting, the ceremonies will
be held outdoors in Tucci Stadium.
These plans have evolved over several months, in the attempt to balance risk factors
with the importance of celebrating one of the happiest of Illinois Wesleyan experiences.
Health guidance from the state about attendance at large gatherings continues to evolve,
but at this point we feel confident that we will be able to host spectator attendance
equal to 25% of Tucci Stadium's capacity (about 900 persons). To accommodate this
reduced capacity, we will hold two ceremonies - one at 10:30 a.m. and one at 3:00
p.m. - with the graduating class divided in half, primarily by departmental major.
Guests will be limited to 4 per student, with requests for additional tickets managed
by my office.
Information regarding tickets, cap and gown ordering, and other important details
may be found here: www.iwu.edu/commencement/2021/details.html
Please refer to the IWU website for future updates: www.iwu.edu/commencement.
Any questions may also be directed to Julie Anderson at email@example.com or (309)
The team working on Commencement has devoted long hours and intense focus to developing
a creative solution, to meet complex, multi-fold criteria. We appreciate your patience
and flexibility in a process that necessarily remains fluid.
I wish you all a strong finish to the semester, and I look forward to celebrating
with you at Commencement!
With best regards,
S. Georgia Nugent