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Karrie Heartlein

Director of Government & Community Relations

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Parents and Families

Students received details of the Commencement ceremony in the spring term. Shortly after the start of winter term, all graduates were asked to check in with the Registrar to ensure they have completed all requirements for graduation. Parents of students checked in to walk in the ceremony received a mailed invitation in May 2020. More details are available on the Parent & Family page.

Faculty and Staff

Knox College faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to attend the ceremony and all Commencement events as their schedules allow. Information about tickets for the picnic lunch will be distributed during spring term.


We encourage alumni to bring your own seating, such as lawn chairs. Members of the Knox-Lombard Fifty Year Club will have reserved seating. For more information, contact the FYC at 309-341-7476 or

VIP Guests

VIP guests of the president and the Fifty Year Club will have reserved seating provided by invitation. For more information, contact the FYC at 309-341-7476 or

General Public

Members of the general public are welcome to attend Commencement. However, you are encouraged to bring your own seating, such as lawn chairs.


Members of the media should contact the Office of Communications at 309-341-7337 or Space on the video platform and access to the sound booth are available to those who have submitted a reservation.

Guest Wifi

Free guest wifi will be available the day of Commencement for our guests. Details will be distributed on campus at the information table.

Picnic Lunch

A picnic lunch will be served after the ceremony on the lawn south of Seymour Union. Lunch tickets will be available for purchase in April. Reservations can be made until midnight on June 2. Attendance is limited to graduates, their families, trustees, faculty, staff, and invited guests with lunch tickets. (Reservations are now closed.)

In the event of severe weather, the picnic will be held in Seymour Union.  You are also welcome to eat lunch off campus at one of many Galesburg restaurants.

Special Traffic Instructions

Please note that travel directions to campus on the day of Commencement will be altered due to the annual Run Galesburg Run in downtown Galesburg on Commencement day.

Guests arriving from I-74 are encouraged to take the Main Street exit.

Parking is available in campus lots and at the Knox County Courthouse at the corner of Cherry and South Streets.

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