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.

The Commencement Ceremony

The Graduate and Undergraduate ceremonies are combined

  • Piano Prelude
  • The Convocation Procession
  • The National Anthem
  • The Invocation
  • The Student Commentary
  • The Alumni Commentary
  • Commencement Address
  • The Conferring of Degrees
  • Presentation of Candidates
  • The Benediction
  • The Recessional