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Spring 2023 Commencement


May 12 - 5:00 p.m. - Graduate Ceremony - Western Hall, Macomb

May 13 - Undergraduate Ceremonies - Western Hall, Macomb

9:30 a.m.

College of Arts and Sciences
College of Business and Technology
General Studies Degree Program

1:00 p.m.

College of Education and Human Services
College of Fine Arts and Communication

May 14 - 1:00 p.m. - Combined Graduate/Undergraduate Ceremony - Vibrant Arena at The Mark, Moline 

Commencement is the official ceremony to celebrate students' graduation. Degree conferral (graduation) occurs after final grades are posted in the semester for which the student has applied for graduation and all degree requirements have been met.

Live Streaming Video of Commencement Ceremonies

Western Illinois University provides live streaming video of the commencement ceremonies held at the Macomb campus. The live feed will be available approximately 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each ceremony on  WIU's YouTube  channel.


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 or   Email:  kj-artis

Important Dates & Deadlines

General Studies Graduation Application

  • Graduation applications must be filed with the Graduation Department in the General Studies Office by March 17, 2023, for names to appear in the commencement program.
  • The convenient online graduation application is available at:
  • Attending commencement does not guarantee graduation. All academic requirements must be complete and all paperwork on file in the General Studies office by May 26, 2023 for Spring 2023 and August 11, 2023 for Summer 2023, before diplomas are awarded (undergraduates only).

Cap & Gown Orders

The University Bookstore is the sole source provider of officially licensed Western Illinois University graduation regalia. To ensure you receive the correct Western Illinois University commencement wear, please order your caps and gowns from the University Bookstore only.

  • Caps, gowns and tassels are available from the University Union beginning March 20, 2023.
  • The cost is $30.00, plus tax, for undergraduates. Orders may be shipped via UPS through April 28, 2023.
  • For more information, visit

Instructional Videos

View videos on properly wearing your cap and gown and graduate/doctoral hoods.


Commencement Program

  • Students must have their graduation application on file in the General Studies office by March 17, 2023, in order for their names to appear in the online program.
  • Students who have invoked the Privacy Act will not have their names published in the online program or released to their local media by University Relations, unless they sign a release form at the Office of the Registrar.

Hometown Newspaper Notification

University Relations posts graduates' names, academic distinction, degrees and majors online at, and sends a listing of graduates to hometown newspapers after degrees have been conferred, approximately 2-3 weeks after the ceremony.


Information for Families and Friends


  • Plans could change for ceremony if pandemic restrictions change.


  • Guests are not allowed near the stage during the ceremony.
  • Professional photographs will be taken of graduates with their diploma cover. Photo order forms and proofs will be mailed to students within two weeks after commencement.

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. 


Disability Information

  • Western Illinois University staff will be available to assist family members and guests who need assistance.
  • Disability parking information coming soon.

First Aid

A first aid station will be open during all ceremonies


There will be flowers available for purchase from a local florist in Western Hall.

The WIU Bookstore will have apparel and other items for sale in 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