Commencement Ceremony Details for BGS Students

Macomb Ceremony

  • Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Western Hall (Map) in Macomb, IL
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. to approximately Noon. (Grads need to be in line by 9:00 a.m.)


There is NO rehearsal for the Commencement Ceremony.

Instructions for participating in the ceremony are located below. Additional ceremony information is available at

For questions or concerns, please contact:

Kathy Artis (Graduation Requirements & Dates/Deadlines)
Phone: (309) 298-1929
Email: kj-artis
C. Renea Creasy (Commencement Ceremony, Diplomas, Address Updates)
Phone: (309) 298-1929
Email: cr-creasy


Honors medallions will be distributed at the Honors convocation on:

  • Friday, December 15, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in Western Hall, Macomb
  • Medallions will be mailed later to those not attending the ceremony. 

Info Caps & Gowns Personalized Announcements

The University Union Bookstore is the sole source provider of officially licensed Western Illinois University graduation regalia. Graduation apparel will be available for purchase at the Union Bookstore October 25, 2017.
For UPS delivery, orders must be received before Friday, December 6, 2017

To order by mail, please complete the graduation cap and gown order form and mail it with your payment to:

     University Union Bookstore
     Western Illinois University
     1 University Circle
     Macomb IL 61455

The University Union Bookstore and Document and Publication Services (DPS) offer two different styles of graduation announcements. See their respective websites for more information.

Please Note: General Studies Degree graduates should indicate on the announcement order form
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Major: General Studies

Ceremony Attendance

Students who change their plans about attending the ceremony after filing their graduation application must inform the BGS program office at (309) 298-1929. Commencement is a formal ceremony recognizing academic achievements and is a significant occasion for students, families, and friends. Those students who wish to participate in Commencement will be expected to dress and behave in a manner befitting the occasion.

Attending Commencement Does Not Guarantee Graduation. All academic requirements must be complete and all paperwork on file in the BGS program office by the January 4, 2018 deadline before a student may actually graduate. If deficiencies cannot be resolved by the deadline, the student will not be eligible to graduate until a later term.

Commencement Program: Students must have their graduation applications on file in the General Studies Degree Program office by Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in order for their names to appear in the program. Students who have invoked the Privacy Act will not have their names printed in the Commencement program or released to local media by the University Relations Office.

Diplomas: Students will receive their diploma covers at the ceremony. Diplomas for graduates will be mailed to the address on the graduation application approximately six to eight weeks after the ceremony, providing there are no financial encumbrances with the University and all requirements have been met.


Tickets are not required for guests. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis so plan to arrive early for maximum seating selections. Reserving seats for late arrivals is not permitted. Stroller parking is located at the northeast end of the arena. Concessions are NOT available. For reasons of safety, as well as decorum, we ask that guests be seated 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony, maintain decorum commensurate with this type of event, and remain seated throughout the entire program. Please silence your electronic devices during the ceremony.

Disability Information

If a graduating student needs special assistance due to a disability, contact the Disability Resource Center at (309) 298-2512. If family members or guests need an accommodation due to a disability, please contact Western’s Office of Equal Opportunity & Access at (309) 298-1977. Special seating is limited, so registering with this office is encouraged. Disability parking is available in the designated area east of Western Hall.


Lodging and other ceremony information is available online at  Due to the limited availability of lodging in Macomb, you are encouraged  to make arrangements as early as possible.