Quad Cities Campus

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations Graduates

Spring 2022 Quad Cities Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 15, TaxSlayer Center: 1 p.m., Combined Graduate & Undergraduate Commencement

Students who have indicated they will participate in Spring 2022 ceremonies received additional information via WIU email. If you did not receive an email, please contact the registrar at commencement@wiu.edu to confirm your graduation and ceremony participation.

TaxSlayer Center  |  Moline, Illinois

Health and Safety Protocols 

Face coverings are currently required on our campuses. Students and guests should complete the self-check at  wiu.edu/selfcheck before arriving on campus. Please do not attend the event if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.


Graduates may now have up to eight guests attend the ceremony. Graduates must submit the Guest Registration Form for attendance tracking purposes which was sent to graduating students' WIU email addresses. If you have already registered four guests, you may use the "Edit Submission" link at the top of the confirmation email you received to add additional names. 

  • 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

  • No-step seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis to those with mobility/accessibility needs 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 via picture in picture on the big screen

  • If you have any questions about accessibility or resources for you or guests, please contact Audrey Adamson at anw-adamson@wiu.edu

  • The WIU Bookstore will have apparel and other items for sale in the Taxslayer lobby

Venue Information

Directions to the TaxSlayer Center.  Please note, the Tax Slayer Center has a NO BAGS policy, except for small clutches (5x7x1).  For more information on TaxSlayer policies, please visit: TaxSlayer At the Event

Livestreaming of Ceremonies

All Commencement ceremonies will be live-streamed on WIU's YouTube channel.

Cap and Gown Sales

Caps and gowns are available for purchase through the University Bookstore. They can be shipped to the QC campus for pick up or to your home address. 

Hood Sales

Graduate and doctoral students will receive an email from the School of Graduate Studies with instructions on pre-purchasing a graduate or doctoral hood. Graduate students may wear the hood during the ceremony. Doctoral and MFA graduates will be hooded on stage and should carry it with them during the ceremony.


Plans could change for all ceremonies if pandemic restrictions change. Additional information, including registration and more for the Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremonies, will be available at wiu.edu/commencement.

Day of Details - Arrival, Check-In, and Ceremony Procedures
  • Please arrive NO EARLIER than 12:00 PM on Sunday 

  • 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.  There will be a station located in the line up room with phonetic spelling guidelines to assist you.

  • Students will proceed to the conference room to line up by department/major and need to be in line by 12:45 PM  

  • 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 

  • 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