What is the difference between Graduation and Commencement?

Graduation is the official conferral/awarding of degrees earned. Dominican confers degrees five times each year.

Commencement is the event which celebrates the completion of degree programs. Dominican holds only one commencement to which students from all five degree conferral dates are invited to participate.

Why is there information for both Class of 2021 and 2020?

Due to the pandemic, the Class of 2020 Candle and Rose ceremony was canceled. We want to make sure that the Class of 2020 has the opportunity to participate in this cherished Dominican tradition.

Do we need tickets?

Commencement will be held online only. You and your family are invited to attend via the Commencement live streams for the Undergraduate and Graduate ceremonies. Tickets are not required to view the live stream. No students or guests will be on campus for Commencement.

The Candle and Rose ceremonies will take place in person on campus but are open to the Senior (Candle) and their Roses only. Your friends and family are invited to watch the event live stream. No one other than the Candles and Roses are allowed on campus.

What do I wear to Candle and Rose? Is there a Candle and Rose rehearsal?

Class of 2021 participants, please visit Candle and Rose.

Class of 2020 participants, please visit Class of 2020 Candle and Rose.

How do I order my cap and gown?

The ordering timeline has passed. The Stepan Bookstore may have extra regalia available. Please contact dom@bkstr.com or call (708) 524-6893 for additional information.

Do I need a cap and gown?

If you are participating in the Candle and Rose ceremony, you must wear a cap and gown. See the Candle and Rose for more information.

You do not need a cap and gown for the online Commencement ceremony.

What do I do with my cap and gown after Commencement weekend?

The regalia you order is yours to keep.

Where can I find the live stream links?

Links will be sent to students in advance of the events, as well as posted on the Commencement website.

Information from the Registrar’s Office

Will I be able to participate in commencement ceremony with a balance?

Dominican University encourages students to participate in their graduation ceremony. However, to maintain the quality of education it provides, the university requires that students pay in full all charges relating to tuition, fees, room and board prior to the graduation date. Note that DU Stars Connect stops taking personal checks two weeks prior to the date of graduation. You may also pay online through the Online Payment Center with MasterCard, Discover, Visa or American Express. Dominican University will hold diplomas and official transcripts until all balances are paid in full. 

Under special circumstances, Dominican University may allow a student to participate in the graduation ceremony with an open balance. All special circumstances will be considered by appeal. For consideration, a student will need to submit an appeal to Latricia Heard, Director of Student Accounts. The appeal should state your outstanding balance and your plan for payment of the outstanding balance. If the appeal is approved, the student will be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. No student participating in the graduation ceremony will receive their diploma and/or be able to access official transcripts until the balance is paid in full.

Will I have access to my official transcripts with a balance?

Students with an outstanding balance and a Student Accounts (SA) hold will not have access to their transcripts or diploma until their balance is paid in full. Student Accounts can release a transcript directly to a potential employer for the purpose of securing employment. For more details please visit CANVAS.

When will I receive my diploma?

All diploma information can be found in CANVAS.

Am I eligible for Latin Honors?

For more details, please visit CANVAS.

Other questions not answered above? Contact dugrad@dom.edu.

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