Graduation happens when you fulfill all your degree or certificate requirements. Commencement is a ceremony that celebrates your graduation.
Any student seeking a degree or certificate from Illinois State must apply for graduation and pay the graduation fee.
The application is available for the current semester and the next two semesters.
For an undergraduate student to graduate with an honor distinction (laude honors), the student must have earned a minimum of 30 semester hours at Illinois State University as well as a cumulative GPA of 3.65 or higher after the last completed semester, as grades and hours for the current semester will not be posted at the time of Commencement or Redbird Stage Crossing. Only ISU course work is included in the calculation of the cumulative GPA.
Cumulative GPA Honor Distinction / Honor Cord Color
3.90 – 4.00 Summa Cum Laude / Gold Cord
3.80 – 3.89 Magna Cum Laude / Lilac Cord
3.65 – 3.79 Cum Laude / White Cord
Eligible students will receive an email from the Office of the University Registrar regarding honor cord pick-up approximately four weeks prior to Redbird Stage Crossing and Commencement ceremonies.
Visit the Graduate School website to get graduation, commencement, and specific application requirements.
Complete the paper graduation application. Submit your application and fee in person or by mail.
Stop by Student Accounts.
Illinois State University
Campus Box 1210
Normal, IL 61790-1210