Faculty and Staff Information

Dominican University Commencement Ceremonies

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Undergraduate Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Intermission: Light lunch served for faculty and staff remaining for both ceremonies
Graduate Ceremony: 3 to 4:30 p.m.

University of Illinois, Chicago Forum
Street Address: 725 West Roosevelt Road
Main Entrance: Halsted Street
Please review directions and parking information in advance.

To assist in the planning and coordination of the commencement ceremonies, all faculty and staff are asked to complete the online Spring 2015 Online Commencement Form by Wednesday, April 22.

WHY WE GATHER:

To celebrate our students, of course, as they begin and end and navigate transitions.  And to reaffirm the enduring mission and values of our Dominican learning community.

As we have acknowledged over the past year, we are aware that holding our Commencement on a Sunday AND on Mother's Day disrupts Dominican tradition in ways that are likely to inconvenience you more than our students and their families.  Yet many of you know that Mother's Day has long been one of the most popular days for commencements at all types of institutions across the country.  We also hope you understand that we settled on this date only after exploring all the options available, given the convergence of our academic scheduling, the calendar year, and the availability of an appropriate venue.

This shift will challenge and inspire us all to renew our commitment to transforming the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Forum into a place that is proudly Dominican, a place overflowing with caritas and veritas --and joy-- on Sunday, May 10.  Faculty and student voices will be heard center stage.  Faculty Marshals will lead cohorts of students and help President Carroll present diplomas.  There will be pomp and circumstance, including “Royal Trumpet Works”—and their arrangement of “So Proudly Dominican."  There will, of course, be amazing possibilities.  That's Dominican.

At the undergraduate ceremony, Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa will receive an honorary degree and deliver the commencement address.  "Dr. Q," who has recently published an influential book tracing his journey from migrant farmer to brain surgeon, currently practices neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.   At the graduate ceremony, Dr. Fannie Rushing, a professor of history at Benedictine University (and former director of minority services at Rosary College) and celebrated Chicago Freedom Sister, will receive an honorary degree.  Dr. Cheryl Johnson-Odim will deliver the commencement address at her last Dominican ceremony after nine distinguished years as our provost and a remarkable career as an activist-educator.

THE VENUE:

For those of you who joined our community this academic year or who were not able to participate in last May’s Commencement, a few notes on the venue:

The University of Illinois, Chicago Forum should not be confused with the UIC Pavilion.  
The Pavilion has a capacity of about 10,000.  The Forum, on the other hand, has a capacity of approximately 2,400 and will be configured comfortably for our Commencement ceremonies.  To put this in perspective: our Lund Auditorium has a capacity of 1,150.  We expect more than 2,000 individuals at our Undergraduate Commencement and at least 1,500 individuals at our Graduate Commencement.

At the UIC Forum, we can accommodate all of our graduate participants and all their guests.  For the undergraduate ceremony, graduates will receive six guest tickets.  For the graduate ceremony, graduates will receive eight guest tickets.  This matters greatly to our students and their families and friends who want to celebrate together.  We simply cannot hold these kinds of relationship-centered Commencements on our campus.  Moreover, the UIC Forum is situated on an open corner, with an expansive view of the Chicago skyline.  It is not embedded deep inside another institution’s campus.

Your presence makes all the difference, making the UIC Forum Dominican for the day.

DIRECTIONS, PARKING, AND TRANSPORTATION:

Driving: Please review directions and parking information in advance.
The expressways by the UIC Forum are under construction, as part of the Jane Byrne Interchange project, formerly known as the Circle Interchange.
Please plan ahead and review the IDOT website in advance for updated information.

The location is easy to find and access, though travel times can be unpredictable from various locations in the area.  
If you are driving, please allow ample time to arrive comfortably at least 30 minutes before each ceremony:  
that is, by 10 a.m. for the Undergraduate Commencement and by 2:30 p.m. for the Graduate Commencement.
Once you enter the UIC Forum on Halsted Street, you will be welcomed and directed to our assembly areas by familiar Dominican staff.  The staging room will be staffed all day by Dominican personnel and will be a secure place if you wish to leave any personal belongings.

Parking Vouchers & Commencement Tickets:
Please pick up your complimentary parking voucher for the designated lots and commencement tickets for you or a guest from our Welcome and Information Desks (WID) in either Lewis Hall or the Priory. Vouchers and tickets will be available beginning Monday, April 27.

A WID Agent will be on duty at the desk during the following times:
Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (but don’t wait until May 9)
Sunday – Closed (No WID Agent on duty)

Should you forget or misplace your parking voucher, the onsite fee will be $10.00 cash or credit card at entry.

Shuttle Service: If you completed the Online Faculty and Staff Commencement Registration Form you will recieve an email follow-up to confirm your reservation. Please email Mary Sadofsky at msadofsky@dom.edu if you have any questions. The shuttle will add addtional service if needed.

There will be two shuttles available throughout the day to accommodate the back and forth service. 
It takes 30 – 45 minutes in travel time depending upon traffic.  The Shuttle Schedule will be posted in mid-April. 

Tickets and Volunteering:  
If you have any volunteer questions or need to make an update to your submitted online registration form, please contact Mary Sadofsky at msadofsky@dom.edu, Welcome and Information Desk Supervisor.