Quad Cities Campus

Quad Cities Campus Commencement Information

QC Campus Commencement 2017

Commencement: Sunday, May 14, 2017

Noon -- Quad Cities Honors Convocation, iWireless Center, Moline, IL
Instructions for Honors Student Participants PDF File

1:30 p.m. -- Combined Graduate/Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, iWireless Center, Moline, IL (ceremony is scheduled to last 1 1/2 - 2 hours)

Important information for graduates and guests:

SPECIAL NOTE:  The WIU-QC Campus will be open from 9-5 on Sunday.  Please stop by before or after commencement to visit with family, take pictures etc.

Arrival and Check in:
  • Please arrive NO EARLIER than 12:30 PM on Sunday (those invited to the Honors Convocation at Noon can begin arriving at 11:30)
  • Leave all belongings with your guests and proceed to the Northeast wall (to the right of the stairs and escalator) of the lobby to check in/pick up name cards
  • Check in tables: Bachelor's candidates - Yellow balloons, Master's candidates - Purple balloons
  • All graduates receive a name card to give to the reader on stage - PLEASE make sure the information is correct and make note of the correct pronunciation of your name on your card if needed
  • Students will proceed to the conference room to line up by department/major and need to be in line by 1:10 PM 
  • No messages or decorations are allowed on caps or gowns. Tassel placement -  Undergraduate on the right, graduate students on the left
  • If you have any accessibility or mobility needs for during the commencement ceremony, please contact Audrey Adamson at anw-adamson@wiu.edu or 309-762-9080
Important Guest information:
  • No tickets are needed to attend the ceremony
  • Doors open 1 hour prior to the ceremony, seating is accessed through the upstairs concourse via stairs or escalator
  • Students and their guests may access the iWireless Center via any of the main entrances on the south face of the venue 
  • Near the southeast entrance, there is is a drop off lane where drivers may drop off individuals who require more proximate access
  • Handicapped parking is available on the southwest corner of the building
  • WIU staff dressed in purple shirts and iWireless Center staff will be available to direct individuals to accessible seating located on the main floor
  • Floor seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis to those with mobility difficulties and their guests
  • Wheelchairs are available to assist those in need to their seats
  • Assistive listening devices are available at the information table in the north lobby. Sign language interpretation is also provided on stage (seating in sections 114-116 offer best view of the interpreter)
  • If you have any questions about accessibility or resources for you or guests, please contact Audrey Adamson at anw-adamson@wiu.edu or 309-762-9080
  • There will be flowers available for purchase from a local florist in the iWireless lobby
  • The WIU Bookstore will have apparel and other items for sale in the iWireless lobby (CASH/CHECK ONLY - ATM  available in lobby)

Ceremony procedures:

  • Students will process into the arena area as directed by commencement staff and marshals
  • Marshals will continue to direct students throughout the ceremony. Marshals are easily recognized by their white robes
  • Marshals will lead students to the stage by row. Exit rows to the right and re-enter rows from the left
  • Students walk up the ramp and hand their name cards to the reader at the podium. As individual names are read, students cross the stage, shaking hands with several University dignitaries
  • Master's graduates will be hooded prior to to crossing the stage, please give them time to adjust your hood as needed
  • At the far end of the stage, students receive their diploma covers and pose with their department chair or leader for a professional photograph
  • Hold the diploma cover in an upright position with the school seal facing the camera
  • Students who received a Bachelors degree will be directed to move their tassels to the left side of their cap after everyone has crossed the stage
  • At the conclusion of the ceremony, the music will begin and marshals will direct students out of the arena. Please remain seated until your row is released
  • Graduate students wishing to return or pay for their hoods can do so after the ceremony in the line up room (info on hood return and purchase: http://www.wiu.edu/graduate_studies/commencement/ceremony_details.php tails. php )
QC Campus Commencement 2017

Featured Quad Cities Commencement Roles

WIU-Quad Cities Marshalls
  • Marissa Kletke
  • Cecelia Hernandez-Sandoval
  • Gabrielle Baker
  • Travis Ohlsen
  • Emily Crapnell
Academic Readers

Christine J. Anderson, Associate Professor
Curriculum and Instruction
WIU–Quad Cities

Blair McDonald, Associate Professor
School of Engineering
WIU-Quad Cities

Gonfalon (Banner) Carriers

Recognizing Quad Cities academic administration and faculty.

  • WIU - Kristi Mindrup
  • Graduate School - Holly J. Nikels
  • College of Arts and Sciences - Ranbir S. Kang
  • College of Business and Technology - Il-Seop Shin
  • College of Education and Human Services - Tiffany D. Stoner-Harris
  • College of Fine Arts and Communication - L. Brendan Young

Commencement Planning Team: Audrey Adamson, Kristi Mindrup, Alison Shook