Last Updated 5/3/22

Health and safety expectations

As we prepare to celebrate commencement this weekend, it is important to remind all participants and attendees that Dominican University remains committed to the health and safety of everyone.

All participants and attendees are expected to follow the latest COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC. The university kindly requests that anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 please refrain from attending this weekend’s commencement events. Additionally, individuals who have recently tested positive or have been exposed to COVID-19 should follow the CDC’s guidelines for quarantine and isolation.

While masks are not required at Dominican, the university recommends face coverings be worn in indoor spaces.

What is the difference between Graduation and Commencement? 

Graduation is the official academic conferring/awarding of degrees earned. It is not the ceremony. Dominican confers degrees five times each year. 

Commencement is the ceremony celebrating the completion of degree programs. Dominican holds only one commencement, in Spring, to which students from all five conferral dates are invited to participate. 

Participation in a Commencement ceremony does not represent satisfactory completion of all degree requirements. Students do not receive an official diploma or have access to their official transcript signifying graduation, until all course requirements have been fulfilled. 

For more information regarding academic requirements or questions, contact the Registrar's Office at

When is Commencement? 

The Spring Commencement Ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 8 at the Rosemont Theatre. Dominican will follow all recommended guidelines and protocols for health and safety. This page will be updated closer to the event with information of masking and vaccination requirements.

Noon - Undergraduate Ceremony
4:30 p.m. - Graduate Ceremony

How many tickets do graduating students receive for the ceremony? 

Each student participating in Commencement will receive six (6) tickets for their respective ceremony, Undergraduate or Graduate.

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 available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open one hour before the ceremony.

If available, leftover tickets will be distributed by lottery on April 27th. Enter your name online by 11:59pm on April 26th to be in the drawing. The registration link can be found on Canvas and on the Undergraduate and Graduate information pages.

Where do I park?

Each  student participating in Commencement will  receive one (1) parking pass for the Rosemont Theatre parking lot. Only parking pass holders will be able to park in this lot. This parking pass may be given to a guest. Please carefully consider who should use this guaranteed, free parking spot at the venue. Carpooling is recommended. 

Ample paid parking is available in garages around the Rosemont area. A map of the area is located on the Rosemont Theatre’s website. Please note the parking fee information on Rosemont’s web page is for concerts and not valid for Dominican’s private event. Allow extra time for walking to the Theatre. 

Undergraduate Ceremony Note: Cars parked in the Rosemont Theatre lot must be moved when the undergraduate ceremony is over to accommodate attendees for the Graduate ceremony later in the day. 

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

All graduating students participating in the Commencement or Candle & Rose ceremonies must wear regalia. The deadline to order and ensure delivery in time for the ceremony was April 1. Beginning Monday, April 11, the Stepan Bookstore will have a limited supply of regalia for students who missed the deadline.

Deadlines: Order by March 4 to have regalia delivered to the Stepan Bookstore on campus and avoid the shipping fee. From March 4 - April 1, orders will be delivered directly to your home, with a shipping fee of $12.95. 

Where do I get my honors cords?

Honors cords may be worn for designation of membership or achievement. Check with your organization or department for honors cord guidelines. 
**There are no cords for Latin Honors.

What should graduating students wear to Commencement? 

Undergraduate students should bring cap, tassel, gown and honors 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. 

Will flowers be available at the Rosemont Theatre?

Yes, a limited number of bouquets will be available for purchase before the ceremonies. Pre-order for the best selection and to guarantee availability.

What can I bring to the ceremony?

Please bring your tickets and enthusiasm for your amazing student.

Items NOT allowed include: large signs, balloons, tripods or other bulky photography equipment, noisemakers, laser pointers, pets (working service animals welcome), and bags larger than a backpack. When in doubt, please leave it at home or in your car. Items cannot be held at the door.


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