47th Annual Commencement Ceremony
7 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014
Physical Education Center (PEC)
Watch a live stream of the ceremony here.
All students who earn a degree or certificate in the academic year (fall term through summer term) may participate in the 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, 2014.
Commencement Contact Information
Office of Student Life
Office of Student Life Hours
Regular Office Hours:
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Extended Office Hours for the week of April 14 to 19, 2014:
Monday to Thursday, April 14 to 17, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, April 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 19, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
**Please note that on the day of Commencement, Friday, May 16, the Office of Student Life will be closed.
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 2014, but they should be met by the end of the Summer 2014 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.
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 14. Graduates are encouraged to purchase their materials as soon as possible. If you plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony, you must wear the appropriate hunter green cap and gown. In 2010, we changed to a new shade of green so you will not be able to use previous years' regalia.
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.
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 up until the day of Commencement. In 2010 we changed to a new shade of green, you will not be able to use previous years' regalia. Purchasing early will ensure a correct fit.
Bookstore hours are listed here.
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:
Phi Theta Kappa – Gold Stole (and gold tassel)
Psi Beta – Gold Cords
Alpha Beta Gamma – Sapphire Blue Stole
Alpha Mu Gamma – Red and Blue Cords
Tau Upsilon Alpha – Blue, White and Gold Cords
Alpha Delta Nu – Apricot Cords
LEX Paralegal Honorary – Purple Stole
Day of Commencement Schedule
Friday, May 16, 2014
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). If you indicated that you or any guests need assistance, e.g., sign language interpreters, you will receive further information from the Office of Student Life regarding assistance.
Graduates will receive a photographer's card along with their seating assignment prior to the ceremony.
During the 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 942-2243.
2014 College of DuPage