Information for Families and Friends

  • List of majors by college
  • Commencement schedules
  • No tickets will be issued. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Ushers will monitor rows to accommodate as many guests as possible.
  • Saving seats is not permitted.
  • There will not be any concessions available.
  • The ceremony typically lasts less than 2 hours. 
  • Due to space limitations for May undergraduate ceremonies, Spring graduates are asked to limit their guests to no more than 6 individuals. 

Etiquette and Decorum

  • Commencement is a milestone that should be celebrated appropriately. We ask that all graduates and guests respect the importance and dignity of this occasion, and celebrate in a way that does not infringe upon the rights of others or diminish the experiences of others.
  • Follow the instructions of the marshals and commencement staff.
  • Plan to stay seated for the entire ceremony.
  • Do not obstruct aisles.
  • Place electronic devices (cell phones, iPads, gaming devices, etc.)  on vibrate or silent mode.
  • Large balloon bouquets or banners that obstruct the view of others are prohibited. 
  • Refrain from extended applause or cheers that "drown out" the name of the next graduate. All graduates deserve equal recognition for their accomplishments. 
  • Disruptive or disrespectful behavior may result in removal from the premises. 
  • Thank you for your cooperation in observing these guidelines. 

No Noisemaking Devices

  • Noisemaking devices are prohibited. Possession of noisemaking devices, especially air horns, may result in removal from the premises. Consideration for the safety and welfare of all attendees is a priority. 


  • Parking is available in Q-lot on the east side of Western Hall.
  • Stroller parking is located at the northeast end of the arena.

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Western Hall Map

Disability Information

  • Western Illinois University staff will be available in the front lobby to assist family members and guests who need assistance.
  • Handicap parking is available on both sides of Western Hall.

First Aid

  • A first aid station will be open during all ceremonies in Western Hall. It is located in the east-west hallway behind the lower level seating on the south side.


  • There will be flowers available for purchase from a local florist in the north lobby of Western Hall.
  • The WIU Bookstore will have apparel and other items for sale in the north lobby of Western Hall.

Alcohol Policy

  • Alcohol is not permitted.
  • Anyone in possession of alcohol will be immediately removed from the premises by on-duty police officers.

No Smoking/Tobacco Policy

  • Western is a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus