Commencement Information

50th Annual Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 19, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Physical Education Center (PEC)

You can watch a live stream of the ceremony here.

The ceremony is also being shown on the following cable systems.
Comcast in Glen Ellyn on Channel 18
WOW in Glen Ellyn on Channel 24
Comcast in Wheaton on Channel 99
Comcast in West Chicago on Channel 18

All students who earn a degree or certificate in the academic year (fall term through summer term) may participate in the graduation ceremony. In order to have your name listed in the Commencement program, your application must be submitted to the Office of Student Records by March 15, 2017. 

Register to Participate in the Commencement Ceremony

If you did not register to participate in the Ceremony during Commencement Info Days then you will need to go to the Office of Student Records in SRC 2150 to complete the registration card. You must do this in order to participate in the Ceremony.

Please watch the following video before visiting the Office of Student Records:

Degree and Certificate Requirements

If you have any questions regarding your degree of certificate credits, please check with the Office of Student Records in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2150, or call (630) 942-2260. It is not necessary to complete your degree requirements by May 2017, but they should be met by the end of the Summer 2017 term. Everyone will receive a diploma cover on the night of the Commencement Ceremony. The actual diploma will be mailed upon completion of your degree requirements. View Graduation Requirements

Name in Commencement Program

If you applied to graduate through the Office of Student Records by March 15, your name will appear in the Commencement Program. This was the deadline for the program to go to print. 

Caps, Gowns and Tassels

Commencement materials are available in the College of DuPage Bookstore beginning Monday, April 17. Graduates are encouraged to purchase their materials as soon as possible. All graduates who choose to participate in the Commencement ceremony must wear the appropriate hunter green cap and gown, which can be purchased in the campus Bookstore. In 2010, we changed to a new shade of green so you will not be able to use previous years' regalia. Purchasing early will ensure a correct fit.

College of DuPage Bookstore Hours and Contact Information

Monday to Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(630) 942-2360 

Honor Society membership recognition is through the individual purchase of a stole or cord. Please contact your honor society advisor for information. Only one stole may be worn and it must be from the approved list below:

Alpha Beta Gamma – Sapphire Blue Stole
Alpha Mu Gamma – Red and Blue Cords
Alpha Delta Nu – Apricot Cords
Kappa Delta Pi - Purple and Green Cords
LEX Paralegal Honorary – Purple Stole
Omega Lamda Nu - Forest Green and Maroon Cords
Phi Theta Kappa – Gold Stole (and gold tassel)
Psi Beta – Gold Cords
Tau Upsilon Alpha – Blue, White and Gold Cords


Day of Commencement Schedule

Friday, May 19, 2017
   5:15 p.m.     Graduates Report to PEC Arena

   5:30 p.m.     Commencement Rehearsal Begins

   6:30 p.m.     Doors Open for Guests

   7:00 p.m.     Commencement Begins

   9:00 p.m.     Reception Begins


Guests Needing Assistance

Any guests who have difficulty walking long distances or navigating hills should be dropped off at the designated entrance. Seating accommodations are available for persons with wheelchairs (COD does not provide wheelchairs). During Commencement Info Days, be sure to indicate if any of your guests are in a wheelchair or will need sign language interpreters. As a graduate, if you need any type of special accommodation, please contact Shannon Hernandez at 630-942-3054 or


Graduates will receive a photographer's card along with their seating assignment prior to the graduation ceremony.

During the graduation ceremony, a professional photographer from GradTrak will take a photograph of each graduate receiving their diploma cover. There is no obligation to purchase the photo.

In order to ensure an orderly ceremony, we do not allow personal photographs and videos to be taken from the aisles. Personal photographs can be taken after the ceremony at the reception.

Approximately one week after the graduation ceremony you will receive an email with ordering information. You may also visit

If you have questions please contact the Office of Student Life at or (630) 942-2243.


Outstanding Graduates for 2016


Dianne Hlinsky and Ana Pliego

Dianne Hlinsky earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Graphic Design and plans to pursue a career that combines graphic design and photography, in which she already holds a bachelor's degree. Ana Pliego earned an Associate in Arts degree focusing on communications.

Outstanding Grads

  • Dianne Hlinsky

    Dianne HlinskyGraphic Design

    “At COD, I felt connected to a campus for the first time. During the past year, I’ve made more of a contribution to student life and the campus community than I ever did at either of my previous schools.” 

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  • Ana Pliego

    Ana PliegoAssociate in Arts

    “All of my experiences at COD have made me grow and discover what life means. I’ve had amazing teachers, such as my first-semester speech professor Mia Poston, who have taught me so much.”

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  • Maria Chong

    Maria Eugenia ChongAssociate in Arts

    "The dedicated professors, outstanding facilities and efficient services at COD are factors that have played important roles in my academic achievements."

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  • Sessily Hernandez

    Sessily HernandezAssociate in Science

    “Do not settle for average grades or average experiences, because then your life and accomplishments will be average. If we set limitations on ourselves, then we set limitations on our dreams.”

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  • Jenny Mancilla

    Jenny MancillaAssociate in Science

    “The COD campus is very welcoming, making the environment a comfortable place to learn and study.”

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  • Cassie Nesheim

    Cassie NesheimAccounting

    “The availability of online classes and convenient evening class times was instrumental in helping me, and I feel very fortunate that one of best community colleges in the nation is 20 minutes from my house.”

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  • Justine Perfecto

    Justine PerfectoNursing

    "I am very grateful to have had amazing professors during my time at COD. They demonstrate true dedication and compassion for patients, which I will take with me when I go into the nursing profession on my own.”

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  • Patria Syegco

    Patria SyegcoAssociate in Arts

    “COD is a great school with many resources to help you be successful in achieving your educational goals.”

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  • Esnelia Vargas

    Esnelia VargasSpeech Language Pathology Assistant

    “College of DuPage is one of the only area colleges with an accredited Speech Language Pathology Assistant program and the reputation amongst professionals in the Early Intervention field was excellent."

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  • Michael Wagner

    Michael WagnerComputer and Internetworking Technologies

    “College of DuPage has more than satisfied my educational and personal goals.”

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