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The video of the complete ceremony is in the embedded player here. On May 3, 2020, the scheduled day for Commencement, the University posted this film to YouTube with this message:

"Although, sadly, we cannot be together for our traditional May Commencement ceremony, a group of faculty and staff recently chalked the names of each Illinois Wesleyan University graduating senior on the sidewalks surrounding Aspiration Fountain – the same sidewalks where members of the Class of 2020 chalked their aspirations as new students.

"Congratulations on achieving your collective aspiration to become Illinois Wesleyan graduates!"


Planning for the 2020 Commencement ceremony was a dynamic process due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several links below contain the messages distributed to students and their families in the months leading up to the event which ultimately took place online on August 2, 2020.

This event also celebrated the students who earned scholastic and activity honors during the 2019-20 academic year by distributing the Honors Day Convocation program.


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