Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
In which ceremony do I participate?
Are there rehearsals?
No rehearsals are held for any commencement activities.
Where is the ceremony?
The Academic Honors Convocation and graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies are in Western Hall.
ROTC commissioning is the University Union Heritage Room.
Do I need tickets for the ceremony?
No tickets are needed, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 1½ hours before each ceremony in Macomb. Saving seats is not permitted.
What if my guests or I need disability seating and/or assistance?
Families and guests may contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 298-1977.
Students may contact the Disability Resource Center at (309) 298-2512.
Staff will be at all commencement ceremonies to provide assistance with disability seating.
Where do I park?
Q-Lot, on the east side of Western Hall, is available for public parking. Handicapped-accessible parking spaces at the Macomb ceremony are available to the east and west of Western Hall. View a map of Western Hall.
Where do I purchase my cap and gown and announcements?
The University Bookstore is the sole source provider of officially licensed Western Illinois University graduation regalia. To ensure you receive the correct Western Illinois University commencement wear, please order your caps and gowns from the University Bookstore only (http://www.bookstore.wiu.edu/Graduation_ep_48.html).
How do I ensure my name will be in the commencement program?
Graduation applications must be on file in the Office of the Registrar by March 17, 2017, in order to meet printing deadlines. Students who have invoked the Privacy Act will not be listed in the program or have their names released to local media unless they sign a release form at the Office of the Registrar.
When will the listing of graduates be in my hometown newspaper?
When will I receive my diploma?
Diplomas are mailed approximately 6 to 8 weeks after commencement.
What if my name or address has changed since submitting my graduation application?
Please contact the Graduation Department in the Office of the Registrar at (309) 298-1891 to make changes.
How do I order photos or a DVD of the ceremony?
What is the Academic Attire?
Commencement is a ceremony to recognize the academic achievements of our graduates. All degree candidates are required to wear only appropriate and approved academic attire. Failure to comply with the guidelines below may be cause for removal from the ceremony.
- No messages or decorations of any kind are permitted on the cap or gown
- Only stoles and cords of approved academic honor organizations may be worn on the outside of your gown during the ceremony.
- For undergraduates, only medallions recognizing academic achievement may be worn on the outside of the gown
Approved academic organizations are those which have a GPA threshold at or above a 3.000. In order to request approval for an organization, the advisor must send a request and include the name of the organization, its unit affiliation, and the GPA threshold required to be a member of the organization to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cords and stoles are permitted to be worn by members of:
- Alpha Epsilon Rho
- Alpha Kappa Delta
- Alpha Mu Gamma
- Alpha Phi Sigma
- Alpha Sigma Lambda
- Alpha Zeta
- Beta Alpha Psi
- Beta Beta Beta
- Blue Key National Honor Society
- Chi Alpha Sigma
- Chi Sigma (Sigma Theta Tau)
- Delta Epsilon Iota
- Delta Psi
- Golden Key International Honour Society
- Iota Iota Iota
- Kappa Delta Pi
- Kappa Omicron Nu
- Kappa Pi
- Kappa Sigma
- Lambda Pi Eta
- Mortar Board
- National Society for Collegiate Scholars
- Nursing Honor Society
- Phi Alpha Theta
- Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society
- Phi Epsilon Sigma
- Phi Eta Sigma
- Phi Kappa Phi
- Psi Chi
- Sigma Alpha Lambda
- Sigma Delta Pi
- Sigma Iota Epsilon
- Sigma Tau Delta
- Tau Sigma
- Upsilon Pi Epsilon
- Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities
What do I wear to recognize honors?
Medallions will be awarded at the Academic Honors Convocation to students who graduate with Academic Distinction (cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude). For more information about the Academic Honors Convocation, please contact the Centennial Honors College at (309) 298-2228.
Where do I store personal belongings during commencement?
Do not bring extra belongings, as there is not secure storage available during the ceremony. Please leave all belongings with your guests as you may not remain in the same seat throughout the ceremony.