Future Commencement Dates:

  • 2018 Spring Commencement: May 12, 2018, 9:00 am Peoria Civic Center (approx. 3 hours)
  • 2018 Mid-Year Commencement: December 15, 2018, 9:30 am Renaissance Coliseum (approx. 2 ½ hours)
  • 2019 Spring Commencement: SUNDAY, May 19, 2019,11:30 am...Please note this Commencement will be on SUNDAY, Peoria Civic Center
  • 2019 Mid-Year Commencement: December 21, 2019 Renaissance Coliseum

Summary Timeline:

  • Cap and Gown Orders by March 25
  • Cap and Gown Pick Up: May 3-11
  • Graduation Fair: May 3. 9:30 am – 5:30 pm, Peplow Pavilion Hayden-Clark Alumni Center
  • Senior Celebration: May 10, 8:30-10:00 Renaissance Coliseum
  • Graduation Reception: May 11, 4-6 pm Hayden-Clark Alumni Center Quad
  • Commencement: May 12, Graduates must be lined up by 8:30 am for a 9:00 am start, Peoria Civic Center

Questions regarding cap and gown orders: (309) 677-2320

Questions regarding your application to graduate: (309) 677-3101

Questions for the Graduate School: (309) 677-3487

Questions regarding Commencement day logistics: (309) 677-2245

Please check back for updates and additional information.


Video Stream

A live video stream of the commencement ceremonies will be available online the day of the event at bradley.edu.

2018 May Commencement Ceremony

Undergraduate & Graduate Combined Ceremony

  • Saturday May 12, 2018
  • Peoria Civic Center – Carver Arena
  • Start time: 9:00 a.m.
  • Approximate Ending: Noon

Where will commencement be held?

Peoria Civic Center – Carver Arena , 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL 61602

Where should we park?

Parking for Commencement is available on a fee-related basis in the Peoria Civic Center parking lots located on Wm. Kumpf Blvd. and on Fulton Street. Additional parking is available in the parking deck on Jefferson Street.

How do we get tickets?

Tickets are not required for Commencement. There are no restrictions limiting the number of guests who can attend.

Cap and Gown Orders

Cap and gown orders must be submitted online or at the Bradley University Bookstore by March 25 to receive the discounted price. After March 25, you must go to the bookstore to place your order. The bookstore hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Cap and Gowns ordered before midnight on March 25 are $59.92; Orders after March 25 are $70.82. You may also order personalized graduation announcements, note cards, souvenir tassels and more.

Cap and Gown Pickup

  • May 3 Peplow Pavilion/Hayden-Clark Alumni Center 9:30am-5:30pm (Graduation Fair)
  • May 4 Peplow Pavilion/Hayden-Clark Alumni Center 11:00am-3:00pm
  • May 5-11 Bookstore – During normal Bookstore hours    

Graduation Fair

The Graduation Fair will be on Thursday, May 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center – Peplow Pavilion. Pick up your cap and gown, have graduation portraits taken, enjoy free snacks and door prizes.  Representatives from the Registrar’s Office, The Smith Career Center, Alumni Relations, the Bookstore, and GradImages will be present. 

Senior Celebration

Graduating seniors can enjoy a complimentary brunch, pick-up a graduation gift, and have a chance for door prizes by attending the Senior Celebration on Thursday, May 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Renaissance Coliseum.

Graduation Reception

A reception for all graduates, their families, faculty and staff will be on Friday, May 11 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center quad. Refreshments will be served.

Commencement Day Information & Parent/Guest Information