When is commencement?

The Spring Commencement Ceremony is Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the UIC Dorin 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. Guests will not be seated during the time of the processions.

How do I sign up to participate in the Spring 2018 Commencement?

Students registered for the Commencement Ceremony when they completed their graduation application. Please contact the Office of the Registrar if assistance is required. If additional assistance is needed, email dugrad@dom.edu.

Is there a commencement rehearsal? 

There will be no commencement rehearsal. Handouts and information will be available at the Countdown to Commencement Event on Monday, April 10 and Tuesday, April 11. Additional information will also be posted on the website.

Where do graduating students meet before commencement?

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

What should graduating students wear to commencement?

Undergraduate students should bring cap, tassel, gown, and honor cords. Graduate students should bring cap, tassel, gown, and hood. All other items should be left with family or in your vehicle.

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)?

Students order online directly from Herff Jones.

The deadline to order your regalia is Monday, March 5. Orders placed after the deadline may incur a late fee. Students pay for their regalia at the time of ordering online or if ordering late at the time of pick up directly to the Stepan Bookstore. Regalia pick up begins Tuesday, April 10. All regalia must be picked up by Friday, April 20.

What do graduating students do with the 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.

How many tickets do graduating students receive for the ceremony?

Those participating in the 10:30 a.m. Undergraduate Ceremony will receive four tickets.

Those participating in the 3:00 p.m. Graduate Ceremony will receive six tickets.

At the current time, we do not expect additional tickets to be available. All tickets should be picked up by Friday, April 20.

Admission to commencement is by ticket only for all guests (including babies/children). Graduates do not need a ticket. Only graduates participating in the Commencement Ceremony receive tickets for guests. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please review the Ticket and Seating Information for additional details.

There will be plenty of seats available for guests requiring accessible seating accommodations.

Where do we park?

Parking is available at the following locations:

  • Main Lot: Lot 5: 1135 South Morgan Street
  • Alternative Lots: Lot 6: 1135 South Halsted Street
  • Lot 4: 760 W. Taylor Street

All graduating students will receive one complimentary parking voucher when they pick up their commencement tickets. Additional parking costs $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 walk to the venue. The lots are located just a few blocks from the UIC Forum. Please review the map in advance.

Can guests be dropped off?

The main entrance to the UIC Dorin Forum is located at 725 W. Roosevelt Road (corner of Roosevelt and Halsted). To drop off passengers needing special assistance or who cannot walk long distances, there will be a pull-over site on Roosevelt Road, heading east outside the venue.

Where can graduating students order graduation announcements?

You can purchase printed announcements through Jostens.

How do graduating students order a class ring?

You can purchase an official Dominican ring or university jewelry from Jostens. Jostens representatives will be on campus Tuesday, April 10 and Wednesday, April 11 at the Countdown to Commencement event.

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 service@gradimages.com. 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 dom.edu/live.

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