In-Person Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Kirkland Fine Arts Center


Millikin University is excited to announce that December 2022 graduates, for both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, will be recognized through an in-person ceremony. Doors will open at 1:00 p.m.  Graduates should be at Kirkland lined up no later than 1:30 p.m.

Cap and gown orders need to be made through Herff Jones no later than October 31st. If you are interested in purchasing announcements, souvenir tassels, Millikin custom stoles, etc., you may do so through the Herff Jones link.

Graduating students will be allowed up to ten guests at the ceremony.  Millikin community members unable to attend the ceremony in-person will be able to watch the ceremony through a public live stream here on Millikin’s commencement website. 

The graduation application fee and remaining balance of your student account must be paid in full by December 10th.  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 10th.


Questions should be directed to the Office of the Registrar at




Commencement Ceremony

The commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, December 11, at 2:00 p.m. at Kirkland Fine Arts Center. 

  • •  Doors will open at 1:00 p.m. 
  • •  Graduates should be at Kirkland lined up no later than 1:30 p.m.

Each graduating student will be allowed up to ten guests to attend the ceremony. 

  • •  To make arrangements for guests that need accessible seating, please contact Jacob Harnacke at by Monday, December 5th. Guests in the accessible seating section may be accompanied by one other guest. 


Commencement Rehearsal

December graduates are required to attend commencement rehearsal on Wednesday, December 7th at 5:00 p.m. at Kirkland Fine Arts Center.

  • •  Graduates should check in no later than 4:45 p.m.



  • •  The commencement program will be available on the commencement website, and a commemorative program will be included with your diploma.  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.



Caps, Gowns, Hoods, Tassels 

Cap and gown orders need to be made through Herff Jones no later than October 31st. If you are interested in purchasing announcements, souvenir tassels, Millikin custom stoles, etc., you may do so through the Herff Jones link.

  • •  You may keep your cap, tassel, and honor cords.
  • •  Gowns and graduate hoods must be be turned in after the ceremony in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center
  • •  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 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.

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.

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. Graduates will receive one free 5x7 print of this photo as 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 and print of photos with alumni relatives as gifts from the alumni office.


  • •  Participating in commencement does not mean you have earned a degree.  Grades are due to the Office of the Registrar by Friday, December 23rd.  If you have a newly discovered outstanding requirement for your degree, reach out to Jacob Harnacke at for 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.
  • •  Diplomas will be mailed to the permanent address on file with Millikin.  If you need to update your permanent address, please contact the Registrar's office.



  • •  Information on ordering transcripts can be found on the Registrar's website.
  • •  When ordering a transcript choose the option “hold for degree.”  We will process held transcripts in 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, transcripts must be received by February 1st to be awarded a degree for December.  If not received by the deadline, degrees cannot be awarded until July with a May graduation date.


Millikin Email Accounts

  • •  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

Important Dates & Deadlines

October 31, 2022: Deadline to order cap & gown from Herff Jones.

December 7, 2022: Commencement rehearsal: check in at Kirkland Fine Arts Center by 5:45 p.m.

December 10, 2022: Deadline to pay graduation fee, student account balance, and complete online survey.

December 11, 2022: Commencement ceremony: graduates check in at Kirkland Fine Arts Center by 1:30 p.m.