In-Person Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Kirkland Fine Arts Center

Millikin University is excited to announce that December 2021 graduates, for both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, will be recognized through an in-person ceremony.

Doors open at 1:00 P.M.

Graduates should be at Kirkland no later than 1:15 P.M. ready to line up.


Graduating students will be allowed up to six guests at the ceremony. Millikin community members will be able to watch the ceremony through a public livestream here on Millikin’s commencement website.

Millikin students must have a negative COVID-19 test prior to the ceremony. Students will participate in SHIELD Saliva-Based COVID-19 testing on campus in Dolson Hall on Wednesday, December 8, Thursday, December 9, or Friday, December 10. For additional information on how to schedule an appointment, please view the Testing Information & Criteria webpage. All individuals in attendance at the ceremony will be required to wear a well-fitting face mask.  

Questions should be directed to the Office of the Registrar at



Commencement Rehearsal Wednesday, December 8th at 6:00 p.m.

December graduates will be required to attend commencement rehearsal on Wednesday, December 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center.

Millikin University will provide a cap and gown following commencement rehearsal.  If you are interested in purchasing items (announcements, souvenir tassels, Millikin custom stoles, etc.), you may do so through Herff Jones.

Each graduating student will be allowed six guests to attend the ceremony.  Tickets will be distributed during cap and gown pickup.  To make arrangements for guests with special needs, such as walker or wheelchair accessibility, please contact Jessica Windell by Monday, December 6th.  She will need the names of the guests and vehicle information.  Guests in the accessible seating section may be accompanied by one other guest.  The accessible seating tickets will replace general seating tickets.

The graduation application fee and remaining balance of your account must be paid in full by December 8th.  If you have questions about your account, please contact Student Financial Services at 217-424-6317 or by e-mail at

The online survey for graduating students must be completed before December 8th.


  • Cap decorating guidelines:
    • Décor height must not exceed 3”
    • Décor must not exceed the perimeter of the cap
    • Décor must not include any profanity or explicit content
    • Décor can only include university emblems/colors of a university that the student has attended, is currently attending, or will be attending.
    • The cap worn must be the same color as the cap the individual was given


  • Commencement program will be available online; links will be available on the graduation website.  Honors listed in the program are based on the GPA from the end of the Spring term.  Actual honors earned will be awarded once all grades are received and degrees are confirmed.


  • Gowns/graduate hoods need to be turned in after the ceremony at the Center for Theatre and Dance Patio. 


  • You may keep your cap, tassel, and honor cords


  • Participating in commencement does not mean you have earned a degree.  Grades are due to the Office of the Registrar by Monday, December 27th.  If you have a newly discovered outstanding requirement for your degree, reach out to Jessica Windell or Jason Wickline  We can help with putting a plan together for degree completion.


  • A Millikin University Diploma lists Name of the Graduate, Degree Earned, and Latin Honors.  Information such as Major, Minor, Concentrations are listed on a transcript.


  • Diplomas may be picked up or will be mailed near the beginning of February.  We work as quickly as possible to award degrees, but confirming requirements can take some time.  You will be contacted when diplomas are ready for pick-up.


  • When ordering a transcript choose the option “hold for degree”.   We will process held transcripts early February once degrees are confirmed.  Transcripts without the requested “hold” will be processed without degree information; additional transcript orders are processed at an additional cost.


  • For those of you completing final requirements elsewhere, to be awarded a degree for December, transcripts must be received by February 1st, otherwise degrees cannot be awarded until May.


  • Millikin email accounts, along with myMillikin access, will remain active for one year after enrollment at the University has ceased. If you decide to re-enroll or continue your education at Millikin, your email will be re-activated. Please begin to transition to a new email account over the next year by taking the following action:
    • Back up important emails, files and contacts.
    • Update external sites in which your account is used as a log in/username/recovery email.
    • Provide Millikin a new, preferred email address at

Commencement Photography

Photographers from Grad Images (1-800-261-2576) will be at the ceremony to record three photo opportunities: a candid photo as the graduate receives his or her diploma, a posed photo of the graduate with the diploma, and family/individual portraits after the ceremony.  No reservations are necessary for these photo opportunities.  Since photographers will be available throughout the ceremony, family members are encouraged to remain in their seats to relax and enjoy the ceremony.


Photos with Alumni Relatives

In addition, graduates with alumni relatives may choose to be photographed with those relatives prior to the ceremony.  To take advantage of this alumni photo opportunity, please complete the online reservation form prior to the ceremony.  Instructions with the location and time of the photos are provided on the form. 


Free Photo Gifts for the Graduate

Approximately six weeks after the ceremony, each graduate will receive a free 5x7 print as a gift from Millikin's alumni office.  The pose for this complimentary print is chosen by Grad Images and is typically the candid of the graduate receiving his or her diploma on the stage.  In addition, graduates who were photographed with their alumni relatives will receive one free 5x7 print of that photo, also a gift from the alumni office.


Ordering Photos

Within five business days after the ceremony, an email notification will be sent to your Millikin address with instructions to view free digital proofs.  Prints may be ordered online at  There is no obligation to purchase any prints; however, several enlargement packages are available.  Remember, the graduate will receive a 5x7 portrait from the ceremony as a gift from the alumni office.