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Commencement – College of Arts and Sciences (Postponed)

Friday, May 8th
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Event Description

The disruption of the spring semester by the global COVID-19 pandemic has also impacted one of Illinois State University’s most cherished traditions: spring commencement. These ceremonies mark the culmination of a student’s time and hard work on campus and celebrate an important milestone.

Illinois State does not want the achievements of our students to go unheralded. Therefore, we will honor and recognize these accomplishments with two opportunities to celebrate.

In lieu of the originally scheduled commencement ceremonies on May 8-9, Illinois State will present ceremonies online to recognize the achievements of the 2020 spring and summer graduates. These will include remarks by President Dietz and other Illinois State officials along with an opportunity for students to submit photos for virtual ceremony recognition. In addition, each graduate will receive a commencement program book and diploma cover by mail.

However, there is nothing like hearing your name called as you walk across the stage. Therefore, we invite our spring and summer 2020 graduates back to campus to participate in person in the winter commencement ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, December 12.

We recognize that the disruption caused by the pandemic has touched every aspect of our lives and that this is not the commencement that you, your families, and friends were looking forward to. We hope that these plans, both virtually and in person, will allow you to celebrate your great achievements here at Illinois State during this extraordinary time in our history.

Students who have completed the Application for Graduation for spring or summer 2020 will receive additional information about these alternate commencement plans soon.

If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


Graduation Services
(309) 438-2836