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Commencement Schedule

Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Graduate Commencement

Western Illinois University graduate students who are scheduled to graduate in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 will be recognized at in-person commencement ceremonies Friday, May 13 and Sunday, May 15. The Macomb ceremony will be held on Hanson Field (May 13), while the Quad Cities ceremony will be held at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline (May 15). Students will be able to attend the ceremony for their program at either the Macomb or Quad Cities commencement location, regardless of which campus they primarily attended.

Saturday, December 18

Stage Crossings (WIU College of Fine Arts and Communications (COFAC) Recital Hall)

  • 8:30 a.m. - College of Business and Technology
  • 10:00 a.m. - College of Education and Human Services
  • 11:30 a.m. - College of Fine Arts and Communication; College of Arts and Sciences; Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs

The individualized stage crossings will be livestreamed on WIU's YouTube channel.

Please see your WIU email for additional details regarding the stage crossing experience.

To adhere to protocols and procedures currently in place at WIU (social distancing measures, space limitations, etc.), guests will not be allowed. Face coverings are required for all participants (the face covering can be removed only when crossing the stage). Only those students who have uploaded their vaccination card and/or complied with the University's mandated testing will be allowed to participate.

3:00 p.m. - The University will post a congratulatory message, with the names of Fall 2021 graduate included, on the WIU YouTube channel to recognize those students who are completing their degree requirements this fall.

Friday, May 13

5:00 p.m. - Graduate Commencement Ceremony, Hanson Field*

*In an effort to protect the turf and track surfaces housed within Hanson Field, footwear guidelines will be instituted for commencement participants. Participants are encouraged to wear “flats” as high heels that have a point with a diameter of less than 2" will not be permitted. Individuals who are found in violation will be asked to change their footwear before they will be allowed to participate in commencement exercises.

Sunday, May 15

1:00 p.m. - Combined Graduate/Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, TaxSlayer Center, Moline, IL

Additional information, including health and safety protocols, registration, guests and more will be shared during the Spring 2022 semester.

Live Streaming Video of Commencement Ceremonies

Western Illinois University provides live streaming video of the commencement ceremonies held at the Macomb campus. The live feed will be available approximately 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each ceremony on WIU's YouTube channel.

Commencement is a ceremony to recognize anticipated graduates. Actual degree conferral (graduation) will not occur until after Final Grades are posted.