Commencement Weekend Schedule - Fall 2020

May and December Commencement Ceremonies Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in Illinois concerning the size of in-person gatherings, Lewis University’s Commencement exercises this December will be virtual. These virtual ceremonies will be available on the Lewis University website beginning December 19 and December 20.

Saturday, December 19
Virtual May 2020 Commencement Ceremonies (postponed this past Spring)

  • 10:30 a.m. - Undergraduate Degree Ceremony
  • 1:30 p.m.  - Graduate Degree Ceremony

Sunday, December 20
Virtual August and December 2020 Commencement Ceremonies

  • 10:30 a.m. - Undergraduate Degree Ceremony
  • 1:30 p.m. - Graduate Degree Ceremony

A special virtual Baccalaureate Mass to celebrate all our 2020 graduates will be online at 9 a.m. Sunday, December 20. All graduates, family members, and friends are welcome to celebrate regardless of faith tradition and to pray for our 2020 graduates.

The Office of the Registrar will communicate additional information about these virtual celebrations to graduates later this month.

Submit Your Photo for the Virtual Graduation Ceremonies!

Lewis has partnered with our friends at GradImages to create a unique, personalized virtual graduation experience for our May and December graduates. Please watch your Lewis e-mail account for a message from GradImages (the first message was sent on 11/13). Simply register and upload a hi-res photo of yourself. The image will be incorporated into a customized slide that will appear as part of each of the four virtual degree ceremonies. All photos must be submitted by Midnight on December 2, so act now!

Commencement Drive-Up Events in November!

Lewis University is organizing an opportunity for you to pick-up the keepsakes and materials normally received in-person during Commencement weekend, if you wish to have these items. You will be able to receive the traditional red diploma cover, commencement program books, honor cords (for undergraduates who are eligible*), and welcome materials from the Alumni Association and Alumni Relations Office. 

You are invited to visit campus for a "Drive-Up" event on one of three days in November during these specific time frames:

  • Sunday, November 15 from Noon - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 21 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 23 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

No appointment is necessary and those visiting campus will stay in their cars to receive these Commencement-related items. All CDC and health safety guidelines will be followed. For those who are unable to visit campus on these dates, information about a USPS mail option will be made available later.

*Honors eligibility associated with cords is indicated on your diploma and transcript