Commencement

photo of crowd with umbrellas at spring 2021 outdoor commencementInformation for Families and Friends

Pandemic

  • Plans could change for all ceremonies if pandemic restrictions change.

Photos

  • Guests are not allowed near the stage during the ceremony.
  • Professional photographs will be taken of graduates with their diploma cover. Photo order forms and proofs will be mailed to students within two weeks after commencement.

Etiquette and Decorum

  • Commencement is a milestone that should be celebrated appropriately. We ask that all graduates and guests respect the importance and dignity of this occasion, and celebrate in a way that does not infringe upon the rights of others or diminish the experiences of others.
  • Follow the instructions of the marshals and commencement staff.
  • Plan to stay seated for the entire ceremony.
  • Do not obstruct aisles.
  • Place electronic devices (cell phones, iPads, gaming devices, etc.)  on vibrate or silent mode.
  • Large balloon bouquets or banners that obstruct the view of others are prohibited. 
  • Refrain from extended applause or cheers that "drown out" the name of the next graduate. All graduates deserve equal recognition for their accomplishments. 
  • Disruptive or disrespectful behavior may result in removal from the premises. 
  • Thank you for your cooperation in observing these guidelines. 

No Noisemaking Devices

  • Noisemaking devices are prohibited. Possession of noisemaking devices, especially air horns, may result in removal from the premises. Consideration for the safety and welfare of all attendees is a priority. 

Parking

Disability Information

  • Western Illinois University staff will be available to assist family members and guests who need assistance.
  • Disability parking information coming soon.

First Aid

A first aid station will be open during all ceremonies

Gifts

There will be flowers available for purchase from a local florist in Western Hall.

The WIU Bookstore will have apparel and other items for sale in Western Hall. 

Alcohol Policy

  • Alcohol is not permitted.
  • Anyone in possession of alcohol will be immediately removed from the premises by on-duty police officers.

No Smoking/Tobacco Policy

  • Western is a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus