Faculty and Staff Information

Dominican University Commencements

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Undergraduate Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Intermission:  Light lunch served for faculty and staff
Graduate Ceremony:  3 p.m. 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 an online registration form.
Faculty and staff, please complete the Online Form by Wednesday, April 16.
If you are not logged into your DU account, you will be asked to enter your DU username and password.

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.

Our Commencement ceremonies will retain Dominican traditions, while introducing some subtle and creative innovations.  At the undergraduate ceremony, Daniel J. Carey, President of Edgewood College, and Julieanna L. Richardson, Founder and Executive Director of the History Makers, will receive honorary degrees.  Ms. Richardson will deliver the Commencement Address.   At the graduate ceremony, the Honorable Virginia M. Kendall, of the United States District Court, and Preston Kendall, President of Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, will receive honorary degrees and speak.  There will be inspiring faculty and student voices. There will be Faculty Marshals leading cohorts of students and helping President Carroll present diplomas.  There will be pomp and circumstance, including “Royal Trumpet Works”—and their arrangement of “So Proudly Dominican” that debuted last May.

There will be an abundance of Caritas and Veritas.
And at the heart of it all there will be our students, their families and friends, and you.  That’s Dominican.

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 Commencements.  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 least1,500 individuals at our Graduate Commencement.

At the UIC Forum, we can accommodate all of 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 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:
Please pick up your complimentary parking voucher for the designated lots from our Welcome and Information Desks (WID) in either Lewis Hall or the Priory.
Vouchers will be available beginning Monday, April 21.

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 3)
Sunday – Closed

Should you forget or misplace your parking voucher, the onsite fee will be $10.00.

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 dugrad@dom.edu (or debkash@dom.edu ) if you have any questions. The shuttle will add addtional service if needed.

Listed below is the tentative Shuttle Service Schedule. 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.
 
To the UIC Forum: Meet in front of Lewis Hall
8:00 a.m.             Depart from DU to the UIC Forum
8:30 a.m.             Depart from DU to the UIC Forum
9:00 a.m.             Depart from DU to the UIC Forum
1:00 p.m.             Depart from DU to the UIC Forum
1:30 p.m.             Depart from DU to the UIC Forum
 
Return to Dominican University: Meet on the north side of the UIC Forum: Roosevelt Road to return to DU.
1:00 p.m.             Approximate departure time from the UIC Forum back to DU
4:45 p.m.             Approximate departure time from the UIC Forum back to DU
 

Tickets and Volunteering:  
If you indicated that you needed tickets or would like to volunteer, Mary Sadofsky or Deb Kash will be following up with you by Monday, April 21.  If you did not sign up to volunteer and would like to please email debkash@dom.edu