Illinois State University’s graduation ceremonies will begin Friday and finish Saturday.

On Friday, the Mennonite College of Nursing will have its commencement from 4-5:30 p.m. in Braden Auditorium. Commencement for the College of Arts and Sciences will be from 7- 9:30 p.m. in Redbird Arena.

Saturday, the College of Education will have its commencement from 8:30-11 a.m. in Redbird Arena. Following that, the College of Applied Science and Technology’s commencement will be from noon to 3 p.m. in Redbird Arena. The College of Business will have its commencement from 5-7:00 p.m. in Redbird Arena. The final graduation ceremony will be the College of Fine Arts from 8-10 p.m. in Braden Auditorium.

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There is no limit on the number of guests that can attend and tickets are not required.

Graduating students should arrive one hour before the ceremony with their cap and gown. Guests are also encouraged to show up at this time for seating, which will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Graduates are also expected to stay for the entire ceremony.

Commencement will include speeches by ISU President Larry Dietz, the college dean, a selected student speaker from each college and the president of the Alumni Association, Doug Reeves. The College of Fine Arts will have a speech by alumna Lourdes I. Ramos.

During the ceremony there will be a tassel move at the direction of Dietz.
Guests who cannot attend the ceremony can watch a livestream of the event. Those interested in watching commencement live can visit All ceremonies will be livestreamed. 

Attending guests will not be allowed to bring anything that could distract the recognition of graduates or block the view of them. This includes noisemakers, banners, balloons and signs.

Graduating students who still need to order regalia can do so from 9 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday in the Student Services Building Room 387. ISU’s Jostens Representative will be selling a limited amount of regalia at these times.

ANDREA RICKER is a News Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at Follower her on Twitter at @ricker_andrea    

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