Registration for the Redbird Stage Crossing closed on April 6, 2021. Your student can email GraduationServices@IllinoisState.edu to inquire if any late registration timeslots are available.
Guests do not need a ticket or pass to enter the Redbird Stage Crossing. Guests can expect to enter and stay in a grouping with their graduate in line until the graduate prepares to cross the stage. Guests will then enter a standing-only viewing platform to watch their graduate’s crossing. This is a non-seated event, but a limited number of chairs will be available for those unable to stand for the duration of the wait time.
Plan to arrive within your graduate's designated 15-minute window. Have your graduate check their Grad Pass for their selected date and time. If you arrive early or late, you may be asked to wait until your group can be accommodated. If you have coordinated your selected timeslot with another graduate, please wait until the other graduate(s) and their guests have arrived so that your groups may enter sequentially.
This is a non-seated event and expected to take approximately 15-20 minutes from check-in to exit.
Up to four guests may accompany each graduate inside Redbird Arena. The four guest limit will be strictly enforced. Babies and toddlers will be included in the four guest maximum.
A celebration tent area will be available on the north Arena plaza for greeting additional guests, faculty, or staff, and taking photos after the Redbird Stage Crossing. A live stream of the stage crossing will be shown in the tent for those guests who wait outside Redbird Arena.
Wearing cap and gown for the Redbird Stage Crossing is optional; however, it can be purchased by calling Jostens at (800) 854-7464. As it is past the standard ordering deadline, an expedite shipping fee will apply.
Flowers and commemorative class shirts are available for pre-order to be picked-up outside the Redbird Stage Crossing from a student organization-sponsored vendor. This vendor will also have products available for purchase on-site. Contact the vendor directly with any questions .
Face coverings are required for all graduates and guests, although graduates may remove their face coverings when they cross the stage and for photo opportunities. No food or drink is permitted inside Redbird Arena for the Redbird Stage Crossing. Touchless hand sanitizer stations will be available, and surfaces/handles will be sanitized frequently. Physical distancing between groups is expected and will be monitored. This is a non-seated event.
Spring and summer 2021 graduates who do not attend the Redbird Stage Crossing will be sent a package with their diploma cover, commencement program books, commemorative tassel, and alumni keychain in early May. All 2020 graduates received these items when they completed their degrees.
Cords and stoles provided by Registered Student Organizations, Athletics, and campus departments are managed individually by those organizations. Please reach out to your contact within that specific organization.
If your student complete the requirements for a degree at the end of the spring 2021 or summer 2021 semester, they will be considered a graduate at that time.
Diplomas will be mailed to the address indicated on the application for graduation approximately 10-12 weeks following the conclusion of the semester in which your student complete their degree.
The size of the diploma is 10" x 8".
If your student earned a Latin honors designation (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Cum Laude), the Office of the University Registrar will mail their honor cords later this semester.
Please refer to the student honors/honor cord section for additional information.
August graduates participate in the spring commencement celebrations.
Please contact us.