51st Annual Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 18, 2018 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
Apply to Graduate
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, 2018.
Commencement registration is now closed. If you have already registered for the ceremony and have not picked up your guest tickets, please do so as soon as possible. Tickets are available at the Office of Student Records, SRC 2150 from May 14 – 17 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
*You will need to show a valid photo id.
Questions? Concerns? Please contact Sandra Gonzales (630) 942-3832
Commencement Guest Tickets
It is our goal to provide each graduate who registers to participate in the ceremony with up to six guest tickets; however, a greater number of graduates may necessitate fewer tickets. Each guest, including infants, must have their own ticket and misplaced tickets will not be re-issued.
Registered graduates, with a valid photo id, must pick up their guest tickets during the following hours:
Office of Student Records, Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2150
April 23, 2018-May 17, 2018
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Student Services Center (SSC) Atrium (by Starbucks)
April 25 and April 26, 2018, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
April 30 and May 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Questions? Contact the Office of Student Records, email@example.com/ (630) 942-3832.
*If you are unable to pick up your tickets during these times, please contact the Office of Student Records, firstname.lastname@example.org/ (630) 942-3832 to make alternate arrangements.
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 2018, but they should be met by the end of the Summer 2018 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, 2018, your name will appear in the Commencement Program. This is 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.
Cap/Gown package (includes cap, gown and tassel): $39.99 plus tax
Tassels $5.99 plus tax
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.
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 18, 2018
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 p.m. Commencement Begins
9 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). When registering for the ceremony, 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 indicate what type when registering and you will be contacted by a staff member.
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 www.GradImages.com.
If you have questions please contact the Office of Student Life at email@example.com or (630) 942-2243.
Outstanding Graduates for 2017
Safia Khan and Renee Mecklenburg, both of Lombard, are the 2017 Outstanding Graduates at College of DuPage.
Molly Langlotz Psychology
“When I first came to COD, I was really scared, because I had been out of school for five years. My intent was to go after my GED because it was a free program and then continue. Even when I had passed my GED with honors and received a scholarship to continue, I was terrified of college courses. I would tell someone considering COD to go for it and not be afraid. I was afraid at first and worried that I would be treated as inferior because I didn’t graduate from high school. But at COD they are not going to tear you down, they want to build you up.”Read Spotlight
Anna GormanPolitical Science/Philosophy
“I had other options for college, but I knew that I wanted to get involved with clubs and organizations, be able to work and not sacrifice my academics. COD allowed me to do all of this as well as helped me grow and mature. Initially I was a little envious of my friends who went to a four-year school, but at College of DuPage I found myself. You can take classes and discover your own passions. It’s a place to expand your knowledge”Read Spotlight
“When I chose to pursue engineering, I wasn’t 100 percent sure that I wanted to follow that path. COD offers the Engineering Pathways program which is a 2+2 program that leads to UIUC. This meant I could graduate with an outstanding engineering degree or, if I changed my mind, I could guiltlessly change my major or transfer to a different school. I had freedom to do whatever I wanted without losing $60,000 to $100,000 or sacrificing the quality of my education.”Read Spotlight
“One does not need to be a student to benefit from the opportunities at College of DuPage. There are numerous programs offered to all community members, from personal interests to small business concerns to large corporation relations. There is something for everyone at College of DuPage.”Read Spotlight
“I wanted to take advantage of the affordable, valuable education and resources COD offers. I’ve learned from a lot of great professors who really challenged me and made me a better student. I’ve had a really great experience and learned a lot. I was even able to receive some internships based off just from what I learned in these classes, even over students attending other schools who are further in their programs.”Read Spotlight
Naomi CainHuman Services
“I feel like COD sets such a high standard for education that the first school I attended could not even compete with,” she said. “The professors I had in my time at COD have been amazing. They truly care about you and want you to succeed. The Human Services program has such great relationships with agencies within DuPage County that it makes networking almost effortless."Read Spotlight
“The honors courses I took at College of DuPage involved discussions, debates and writing many research papers, which was a transformative step in developing how I think, discuss and write. These skills will continue to help me not only in the classroom but also in the workplace one day.”Read Spotlight
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