We can hear the strains of Pomp and Circumstance coming from high schools, colleges, and universities all around the Bloomington-Normal area as graduation season fast approaches. Students across central Illinois are preparing speeches, announcements, and invitations in a prelude to their big day. The air sparks with a more intense vibe than last-day-of-the-school-year excitement.
This is one of our favorite times of the year. Commencement is more than a graduation ceremony. We see families come together for a joyous event, sharing a celebration among generations. We feel the pride in the air as people celebrate the completion of goals. We feel the hope as graduates anticipate their next steps. Parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles predict great things for their graduate as well, and they spread that pleasure and fullness of spirit. Each family member and friend in attendance boost graduates’ faith in their futures. That support means the world to them.
With more than 20 high schools, colleges, and universities in the area, Bloomington-Normal will become quite popular in May. Book your stay at Vrooman Mansion today for a distinctive atmosphere that takes you out of crowded and noisy hotels.
Breakfast, brunch, appetizer gatherings
It’s our privilege to help make a special time even more memorable. Families choose to stay at Vrooman Mansion during their trips for graduation events because of the intimate setting. We invite you to plan a pre-graduation meal with us, taking advantage of our stately bed and breakfast. We have the facilities to host an elegant after-graduation gathering as well. Book multiple elegant suites and make this the gathering place for the family as you enjoy graduation, other activities in the area, and each other.
This is also a great setting for a special weekend with your graduate as he or she steps into the next phase of adulthood. Create a personal time to exchange gifts, advice, and stories, and maybe some hugs and kisses, too. Don’t wait; book now. They grow up so fast and graduate so soon.
Dates of local graduations
Sunday, May 5
- Illinois Wesleyan University
Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11
Friday, May 17
- Heartland Community College
- Calvary Christian Academy
Sunday, May 19
- Central Catholic High School
- University High School
Saturday, May 25
- Normal West High School
- Cornerstone Christian Academy
- Normal Community High School
Sunday, May 26
- Bloomington High School