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Walk across the stage for Commencement with Redbird Stage Crossing

The University has planned an alternative, in-person celebratory experience for graduates—a Redbird Stage Crossing.
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Commencement ceremonies available December 12

Illinois State will present the ceremonies online to celebrate the achievements of the 2020 winter graduates. The recorded ceremonies will be available on the Commencement website by December 12.
Joseph Berg

In their words: Joseph Berg reflects on graduating during the pandemic

Joseph Berg is not a traditional college student, but that did not discourage him from making the most of his experience at Illinois State. After a few years of feeling unfulfilled in the...
Drew Taphorn, his wife, Erika, and their children are ready to celebrate his upcoming graduation from the College of Business. (Photo by Sarah Harvey)

In their words: Drew Taphorn perseveres as a husband, father, and soon-to-be college graduate

Drew Taphorn, an undergraduate business information systems major, spoke about his journey to graduation at Illinois State.
Mahogany West stands in front of a lake

In their words: Mahogany West reflects on student teaching during the pandemic

Mahogany West started her first day of teaching in an empty classroom.
Gerard Matthew Cunanan

In their words: Gerard Matthew Cunanan faces unexpected ending to his time at Illinois State

December graduate Gerard Matthew Cunanan reflects on his time at Illinois State University.
Hillary Campos in graduation regalia

In their words: Hillary Campos reflects on graduating during the pandemic

This is the first story in a series in which students set to graduate in December reflect on how their final semester at Illinois State University has been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19)...
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10 things every new Illinois State grad should know

Illinois State's Alumni Association wants to leave you with some quick tips on how to fully take advantage of your new status as a Redbird alum.
Tristen Sharp ‘20

Setback to comeback: Message of perseverance defines Class of 2020

It would have been poetic for Tristen Sharp to go from not knowing if she’d ever be able to put one foot in front of the other again to walking across the stage at Redbird Arena.
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Touching home: Tristen Sharp never lost sight of goals while fighting for her own life

Life has stood at the mound and thrown graduating Illinois State student Tristen Sharp everything in its arsenal.