Bachelor of Arts in General Studies

Commencement Ceremony Details for BGS Students

Macomb Ceremony

Quad Cities Ceremony



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, Commencement Ceremony, Diplomas, Address Updates )

Phone: (309) 298-1929
Email:  kj-artis


Honors medallions will be distributed at the  Honors convocation  on:

  • Friday, May 8, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. in Western Hall, Macomb, IL or Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. in TaxSlayer Center, Moline, IL
  • Medallions will be mailed later to those not attending a ceremony.

Caps & Gowns

The University Union Bookstore is the sole source provider of officially licensed Western Illinois University commencement regalia. Commencement apparel will be available for purchase at the Union Bookstore or online beginning April 1, 2020.

  • WIU Bookstore Cap & Gown Online Order/Shopping Cart
    NOTE:  For UPS delivery, orders must be received by the Bookstore before May 1, 2020

  • WIU Bookstore Cap & Gown In-store Purchase
    University Union Bookstore
    Western Illinois University
    1 University Circle
    Macomb IL 61455
    Phone: 309-298-1931

Personalized Announcements


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 May 22, 2020 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 Friday, March 13, 2020 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.  Due to space limitations for the Macomb undergraduate ceremonies, graduates are asked to limit their guests to no more than 6 individuals. 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.

For additional information regarding WIU Commencement Ceremony, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

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 & Travel

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.

  Maps & Travel Info