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Preparing to Graduate

Students meeting degree or certificate requirements must notify the College of their intention to graduate by completing the online Petition to Graduate. (To check eligibility, meet with an advisor and review the u.achieve status report.) The spring graduation petition deadline is Friday, March 11, 2016. See the academic calendar for deadlines.

Spring graduates: All students who have petitioned by the spring deadline will receive a letter in March from the Office of Student Life with instructions regarding participating in the annual commencement ceremony in May. However, participation does not guarantee that a student has fulfilled the requirements for a degree or certificate. Students will receive a confirmation letter of completion from the Enrollment Center in late April.

Summer (August) and Fall graduates:  Those who complete degree or certificate requirements in August and December, and have filled out the petition to graduate, will receive a letter the following mid-March with instructions regarding participation in the annual commencement ceremony.

Participation in the commencement ceremony is optional and free of charge. The College provides the cap and gown required for the ceremony.

Commencement Information

Caps and Gowns

All graduates planning to participate in the ceremony are required to wear an academic cap and gown provided by the College. Students may order a cap and gown in the Office of Student Life at either campus from Wednesday, March 23, through Tuesday, March 29, 2016.

Caps and gowns will be available for pick up in the Office of Student Life Monday, May 9, through Wednesday, May 11. Students may keep the cap, gown, and tassel.


Students who meet petition and ordering deadlines will receive two tickets for open seating in the TenHoeve Center. Students desiring additional tickets will be added to a lottery when they order their cap and gown. Students will receive their tickets when they pick up their cap and gown.

Students who wish to participate but have not met the stated deadlines should contact the Office of Student Life immediately at 847.635.1699. Students who miss the deadline will incur a late fee, and accommodation in the ceremony cannot be guaranteed.

Use u.achieve® to help track academic progress toward degree or certificate completion - so you can see how many classes you have left to complete a degree or certificate - and graduate! Note: u.achieve® evaluations are not official unless they are run and reviewed by the Registrar’s Services.