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Commencement FAQ

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When is commencement?

The Spring Commencement Ceremony is Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the UIC Forum.

10:30 a.m. Undergraduate Ceremony

3:00 p.m. Graduate Ceremony

Students should arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the start of  each ceremony.  The processions will begin at 10:15 a .m. and 2:45 p.m.

How do I sign up to participate in the Spring 2014 Commencement?

Students should have received an email that included the link to the Online Participation Form  and list of important dates and information.

Is there a commencement rehearsal? 

There will be no commencement rehearsal.  Handouts and information will be available at the Countdown to Commencement Event on April 8 and 9.  Students will also be emailed a list of instructions and seating information the week of week of April 28. 

Where do graduating students meet before commencement?

Line-up begins one hour before the ceremony at the UIC Forum.  All students should enter the doors located at the corner of Halsted and Roosevelt Roads; proceed to the 2ndFloor of  the UIC Forum.  Students will be directed to locations based upon their school and degree.  Students should only bring their cap, gown, hood and honor cords. All other items should be left with family or in in your vehicle

What should graduating students wear to commencement?

Graduates wear caps and gowns with hoods that vary by schools. Students may wear their honor cords. Your attire should be business appropriate (i.e. no jeans, flip-flops, shorts etc.) We want to make sure that you look your best when you walk across the stage. Please leave your purses or any other items with family members so you do not carry them as you process.

How do graduating students order commencement regalia (cap and gown)?

Regalia is ordered for you based on your answers when you completed the Online Participation Form. The deadline to complete the form is Wednesday, February 26. We will accept late participation forms until March 14, but all students that do not complete the participation form by the deadline (Wednesday, February 26) will be charged an additional $12.00 late fee for their regalia order.  Contact the if you need assistance. More information on regalia >

What do graduating students do with my cap and gown after the ceremony? 

The regalia is the "keepsake" variety - graduates do not need to return regalia after the commencement ceremonies. The regalia is yours to keep. There will be donation boxes at the UIC Forum if you wish to donate your regalia.

How many tickets do graduating students receive for the ceremony?

Undergraduate Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. - students will receive six tickets.  Graduate Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. - students will receive 8 tickets.   Graduates do not need a ticket.  Any child under the age of two, or who will be sitting on an adult's lap, does not need a ticket. We encourage graduates who are not using all of their tickets to give to others in need.   See the Ticket Information page for more information.

Where do we park?

Parking is available at the following locations.

Main Lot:                Lot 5 - 1135 South Morgan Street 
Alternative Lot:      Lot 6 - 1135 South Halsted Street

All graduating students will receive one complimentary parking voucher when they pick up their commencement tickets. Additional parking cost $10.00 per vehicle at the point of entry.  Cash or credit cards are accepted. 

Please make sure you leave enough time to find a parking space and walking time.  The lots are located just a few blocks from the UIC Forum. Please review the map in advance.

Where can graduating students order graduation announcements?

You can purchase printed announcements through Jostens or stop in the Stepan Bookstore. See the Cap and Gown page for additional information.

How do graduating students order a class ring?

You can purchase an official Dominican ring from Jostens. These beautiful rings represent your prestigious degree as well as the distinction of Dominican University. The school seal is crafted in beautiful detail and is available in white gold and yellow gold. The rings are available in three different sizes: small signet, medium signet and the large signet. Your ring includes a lifetime warranty.

Please check the Events page for dates when Jostens will be on campus.

Is there a photographer the day of commencement?
  • A photographer from GradImages will be at your ceremony to take a candid photograph of you at your special moment of recognition
  • You will receive a free passport-sized digital proof of this photo on an order card within 5-7 days following the ceremony
  • Questions may be emailed to
  • After the ceremony you may order online at GradImages or call (800) 261-2576
  • Since photographs will be available, family members and guests are encouraged to remain in their seats, relax and enjoy the ceremony
  • Prior to the ceremony: To pre-register your permanent email address, please visit GradImages and click on Pre-Event Registration. You may add contact information for up to six additional relatives and/or friends.
  • GradImages never has and never will sell or share the address/email information provided to us to any other vendor.

Is the ceremony streamed live?

The ceremony will be streamed live. On the day of commencement please visit