Graduate Studies


Show your Western pride by sharing graduation photos!

From Friday, May 10 to Friday May 17, Western Illinois University faculty, staff and students are invited to submit photos to from their WIU graduation experiences for a chance to win a WIU prize package. Photos should be horizontal (e.g., 5 inches wide by 3 inches in height) and may include just one person (the student, faculty or staff member) or a group (family/friends, along with individual from WIU), and it should, in some way, show "WIU pride" during commencement weekend with at least one person in the photo being dressed in their cap and gown. Entries must include a return email address and the name of the person submitting the photo. The WIU faculty, staff or student who submits the winning photo will win a gift bag (which includes Western gear), valued at $30, from the WIU School of Graduate Studies.

Photo submissions that do not adhere to contest rules will not be considered for the prize and will not be included in the "WIU Graduation Photo Contest" WIU School of Graduate Studies Facebook album. The winning photo will be selected (based on originality and creativity) from a panel of judges from the WIU Graduate School. The winner will be notified via email, and the winning photo will be posted as the cover photo on the WIU School of Graduate Studies Facebook ( page/timeline. Other submitted photos will be posted on WIU School of Graduate Studies Facebook page/timeline and will be included in the album.

Photo submission rules:

  1. Photos must be of current WIU faculty, staff or students (all must be identified in the photo, first and last names) during WIU commencement weekend. Do not enter photos without a current WIU faculty, staff or student included. Photos cannot contain: any reference to alcohol or drug use; profane/inappropriate gestures; inappropriate attire. These photos will be discarded.
  2. By entering your photo, you hereby give Western Illinois University its assignees, licensees, and legal representatives the irrevocable right to use your name and photographic image in all forms of media (including the Internet) by Western Illinois University, and you waive any right to inspect or approve the finished version(s).

Photos to be considered for the contest (high resolution is not a requirement) must be emailed by midnight, Friday, May 17 to

For more information, contact Gretchen Sullivan at (309) 298-1806 or