Graduation Events Information from the President's Office

To 2011 Graduating Seniors from the President's Office
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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

Academic Regalia — distributed on April 11 and 12

The academic regalia (cap, gown, and hood) that you have ordered will be distributed on Monday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 12 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center.  Regalia must be worn for the Honors Convocation on Wednesday, April 13 and the Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 1 (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 12, 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 1 at 10 a.m. at the Bookstore.

Senior Class Dinner — April 12

You have received the invitation to a formal dinner in honor of your graduation on Tuesday, April 12 at 6 p.m. 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.

Honors Convocation — April 13

The 2011 Honors Convocation is at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13 in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall.  The Convocation is dedicated especially to the Class of 2011 and also to all students who have earned scholastic and activity honors and honor society membership.  Dr. Dan Terkla, professor of English and recipient of the 2011 Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, will be the keynote speaker with your class vice president, Melissa Solis, 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.

Commencement Information — for May 1 Ceremony

You and your family have received Commencement communications which provide much information and which can also be viewed on the IWU website at  An additional email with more specifics about the Commencement Ceremony itself will be sent to you on or about April 27 and 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 bleacher seating for guests.  To ensure that each Graduate can have family or friends in attendance, we have provided each graduate's family with FOUR tickets for reserved seating in the Performance Arena.  Those tickets were sent to the family in the Commencement mailing dated March 22, 2011.  We regret that we cannot provide extra tickets, but it is most fair to allow each Graduate to have some family and friends in attendance at the indoor ceremony rather than a first-come seating arrangement wherein some families would be excluded entirely.  Additional information regarding unreserved seating in the Performance Arena and other indoor seating venues is provided in the Commencement mailing and on the website.

2011 IWU Graduating Student Survey

As one of your final steps towards graduation, we ask that you take 10 minutes and 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 and contact if you have questions: