Information for Graduates

Baccalaureate Information

  • Baccalaureate Service | 10 a.m. | Rammelkamp Chapel
    Illinois College's Baccalaureate Service is a longstanding, special service featuring vocal performances from the IC Choir, readings from sacred texts, and words of wisdom from graduates and a faculty member.
    • Graduates: Please plan to arrive at 9:45 a.m. in your cap and gown / regalia to line up along the sidewalk in front of Rammelkamp Chapel in any order.

Commencement Information

  • Commencement rehearsal will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 in King Field House. Graduates will gather in Sherman Gymnasium and will line up alphabetically with Bachelor of Arts degree candidates at the front, followed by the Bachelor of Science degree candidates, and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing candidates. The rehearsal will last approximately one hour.
  • On Sunday, May 14, following the Class of 2023 photo at 12 Noon, faculty marshal assistants will line up the class as follows:
    • Bachelor of Arts degree candidates will line up alphabetically in Sherman Gymnasium.
    • Bachelor of Science degree candidates will line up alphabetically in Sherman Gymnasium.
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree candidates will line up alphabetically in Sherman Gymnasium.
  • The 189th Commencement Exercise will take place at 1 p.m. in King Field House. 
    • At the completion of the commencement ceremony, the faculty will recess by marching and forming an aisle through which the Class of 2023 will walk to be personally congratulated. This line will then lead graduates to Green Athletic Field to meet family and friends.
  • Baccalaureate Service begins at 10 a.m. All graduates participating in Baccalaureate need to arrive at Rammelkamp Chapel by 9:30 a.m. to get lined up along the sidewalk west of the chapel. Class of 2023 graduates are to dress in their cap and gown and will proceed into the chapel two by two, in no specific order. Seating will be reserved for the graduates in the chapel. In case of inclement weather, the Class of 2023 will assemble in the basement of the chapel.

Post-Commencement Celebration for Graduates and their Families

*This event is sponsored by Water's Edge Winery & Bistro and is not an official Illinois College event.

  • Water’s Edge Winery & Bistro invites the Illinois College graduates and their families to the winery to celebrate the tremendous achievements of the students. The event includes free admission and live musical entertainment.
  • Water’s Edge will have a variety of food and  beverages, including beer and wine, for purchase. 
  • Graduates will also be able to purchase an exclusive, commemorative bottle of wine with the Illinois College logo.
Water's Edge Winery logo

Residence Hall Information

Campus Residences close on Friday, May 5, 2023:

  • All residence halls, campus houses and the College Avenue apartments close at 4:30 p.m. on May 5 for all students not participating in Commencement activities.
  • Commencement participants, band and choir students assisting with Commencement, hall staff, spring student-athletes attending conference championships after May 5 and summer housing students are permitted to stay on campus after the deadline with proper approval.

*All students staying after May 5 are required to submit the request form to stay on campus after the residences close.

Ensuring that your Student ID works after May 5:

  • All students intending to stay on campus after the official closing date must complete the request to stay form. Select the link to complete the form: May Closing Request to Stay Form
  • Automatic approval is granted to: commencement participants, spring student-athletes attending conference championships, band and choir students assisting with Commencement activities and summer housing students.
  • Completing the request to stay form allows the Office of Residential Life to ensure all student ID access is updated accordingly and provides campus officials with notice that the student is still on campus.
  • Deadline to complete the request form is 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, 2023.

Check-Out Deadlines

  • Commencement participants have until 12 Noon on Monday, May 15, 2023 to check out of their on-campus housing. Students staying later than this deadline MUST discuss their situation with the Office of Residential Life ahead of time.
  • Band and Choir Students have until 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, 2023 to remove all of their belongings from their assigned room/apartment/house and properly check out with their RA or Apartment/House manager.
  • Students can check out via an express check-out form or in-person with a Res Life staff member

Caps, Gowns and Announcements

  • Caps and Gowns
    If graduates are participating in Baccalaureate and Commencement, they will need to purchase Illinois College approved regalia. To order regalia, please visit the Jostens website.
  • Announcements
    To purchase announcements, please visit the Jostens website.
  • IC Store
    For questions about caps, gowns and announcements, please contact the IC Store at 217.245.3444 or

Class of 2023 Gift

Diplomas, Transcripts and Accounts

  • All financial obligations to the College must be met by Friday, May 12, in order to receive your diploma on Sunday, May 14.

Commencement Photo

  • The official Class of 2023 photograph of bachelors' degree candidates will be taken at 12 Noon at the Illinois College seal. Immediately following, a photo including all Class of 2023 donors will be taken in the same location. Please be dressed in your cap and gown for the photos.
  • Family legacy photos will be taken of individual graduates with their relatives who are Illinois College alumni near the Illinois College seal. If you are interested in having a legacy photo taken, please fill out the Commencement Legacy Photos Form.

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