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.) Students petition to graduate prior to their anticipated graduation date. The petition deadlines are listed in the academic calendar.

Petition Deadlines

  • Spring 2020 - Feb. 21, 2020
  • Summer 2020 - June 25, 2020
  • Fall 2020 - Sept. 25, 2020

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  2019 and December 2019, and have completed 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.

Salute to Graduates!
Celebrate your success and pick up your cap and gown.

  • Tuesday, May 5
    12 noon - 2 p.m.
    Student Street, Des Plaines
  • Wednesday, May 6
    12 noon - 2 p.m.
    Student Street, Skokie

Students can also pick up their cap and gown May 11 to 15, in the Office of Student Life (Room 1530, DP or Room A130, SK) at the campus they requested.

Rehearsal: All students are highly encouraged to attend. Rehearsal will include information for the day of and graduates can ask questions.

Friday, May 15, 2020
12 noon
Room 1604, Des Plaines