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 no later than Monday, May 11, 2020. Instructions with the location and time of the photos are provided on the form.

Graduates and their alumni family members who have made prior reservations may stop by at any point during these times. Walk-ins will also be taken as time permits.

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 Association. 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 Association.

Ordering Photos

Within five business days after the ceremony, an email notification will be sent to the graduate’s 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 Association.

Diploma Frames

Diploma frames are available for purchase at the Millikin Bookstore (217-424-6221). The cost is $99.99. Checks should be made payable to the Millikin Bookstore. There are other Millikin items you might be interested in purchasing either online at or at the Millikin University Bookstore on Millikin's campus.


Rutherford Photo Video will be recording the May 2020 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at the Decatur Civic Center. Order forms are available online and will be sent in US mail to Graduates. The cost of the DVD is $35.00.  We will also have a live stream of the ceremony available on the Millikin website for those who aren't able to make it to the ceremony.