I only need to complete one class to graduate. Can I participate in the Spring 2020 Commencement ceremony?
No. Students who are lacking one or more credit hours or courses, even if they expect to enroll and complete all requirements during the Summer 2020 term (or intersession between Spring and Summer), will not be eligible to participate in the Spring 2020 Commencement ceremony. There will be no exceptions.
Can certificate students participate in the Commencement ceremony?
No. Commencement is only for degree programs. Some colleges or individual programs will have certificate recognition ceremonies. Please check with your program director.
How do I confirm my eligibility for Commencement?
You are able to participate in the ceremony if you have graduated from a degree program at City Colleges of Chicago in either the Summer 2019 or Fall 2019 term, or are conditionally approved for graduation in the Spring 2020 term by March 20, 2020. You can check your eligibility in your student portal at my.ccc.edu. Go to: Academic Progress > Apply for Graduation > View Graduation Status.
If I participate in the Commencement ceremony and do not pass my classes or successfully complete my degree requirements, will I receive a diploma from City Colleges of Chicago?
No. You will not receive a diploma from City Colleges of Chicago until you have satisfied all of your program requirements. Your participation in the ceremony does not indicate program completion.
If I have an administrative/financial hold on my account, can I participate in the ceremony?
Yes. You may participate in the Commencement ceremony, but you will NOT receive your diploma or transcripts until all holds on your account have been lifted. If you have questions regarding holds on your account, please contact your advisor.
How many tickets will I receive for Commencement?
The number of tickets granted to each participating student will be determined and announced at GradFest. To receive your guest tickets, you must attend GradFest, April 27 – May 1, at your home college. At that time, you will also receive your cap and gown, tassel, stoles, and honor cords (if eligible).
How do I order my cap and gown?
You can order your gown through our partner, Jostens. For more information and to place your order, visit the “Cap and Gown” page. Be sure that you order from the college you will be graduating from (Projected Graduation College) – you can confirm this by logging in to the student portal at my.ccc.edu, and then going to “My Academic Plan.” Your Projected Graduation College is listed at the bottom of this page. The deadline for ordering your cap and gown is Thursday, April 2, 2020.
By ordering your cap & gown, you are confirming your participation in the ceremony.
If I order my cap and gown before confirming eligibility can I get a refund?
If I already have a cap and gown, how do I go about ordering a tassel?
Tassels will not be available independent of a cap and gown order. You must order a cap and gown from Jostens in order to participate in the 2020 Commencement ceremony. No other cap/gowns will be accepted.
What will be included in my graduation packet?
Your graduation packet will include your tickets, college stole, honor cords, PTK cords, Veteran cords, and PSI beta cords (if applicable). You will receive your packet at GradFest, April 27 – May 1. It will accompany your cap and gown and tassel.
Can I purchase additional tickets?
Tickets are not for sale through City Colleges of Chicago nor thorugh Jostens. Additionally, tickets should not be bought or sold. City Colleges of Chicago does not support or condone the selling of Commencement tickets. Please disregard any advertisement or person who is selling or claims to be selling Commencement tickets. Every Commencement ticket is printed as “Not for Sale.”
Do I need a ticket to attend the Commencement ceremony?
Yes. Graduates will receive a GRADUATE ONLY ticket in order to enter the arena. You will also receive an allotted number of tickets for your guests. All guests age 1 and older must have a ticket to enter the Wintrust Arena.
What am I NOT allowed to bring to Commencement?
The Wintrust Arena has a list of prohibited items on their website. Additionally, they have a strict purse and bag policy, as well as metal detectors for anyone entering the building. Please plan to bring as little with you as possible to the Commencement ceremony, as things like backpacks, purses, and computer bags are not allowed. Clear tote bags and small clutch purses are permitted. To see a complete list of what you can and cannot bring into the Wintrust Arena with you, click here.
Where can my guests park?
Your guests can park in any of the McCormick Place parking lots. Shuttles will be available from Lot B. It is approximately a 12- to 15-minute walk from Lot C. For more information about getting to the Wintrust Arena, please see Getting There information.
Are there special parking and seating accommodations for disabled guests?
Yes, disabled parking spots are available in all McCormick Place lots. Lot A is directly across from the Wintrust Arena with a daily rate of $25. Shuttle buses will be available from Lot B. Please visit the arena’s Getting There section for more details on parking and transportation.
There is accessible seating available on all concourse levels at Wintrust Arena.
If I am a disabled graduate and need disability access, what should I do?
Please notify your Disability Access Center by Thursday, April 23, 2020, that you will be participating in the ceremony. Describe any assistance you may require during the event.
Is there a Commencement rehearsal?
No. In lieu of a rehearsal, City Colleges of Chicago staff members will instruct you on ceremony procedures and will be available to answer your questions on the day of Commencement. See below for general information about what to expect:
- Arrival: All graduates should arrive no later than 30 minutes before the ceremony begins and be seated no later than 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony.
- Attire: Bring your gown, cap, tassel, stole, and honor cords (if applicable). It is strongly recommended that you wear flats or shoes with a low heel as you will walk up ramps and down stairs to receive diploma. Your gown should be ironed and clean. Students are strongly discouraged from wearing: jeans, T-shirts, shorts, gym shoes, sunglasses, or casual/non-professional attire during the Commencement ceremony. Graduates may not bring coats, purses, bags, backpacks, or other personal items to the arena. If you have any questions about your attire, please contact your advisor.
- Cap: Your tassel should be placed to the right side of your cap until your degree is conferred. At a designated point in the ceremony, you will be directed to move the tassel to the left, thus indicating you have graduated.
- Check-In: A table for your college will be set up on the main concourse level of the arena. Proceed to your college area indicated by the corresponding signage.
Can I leave the ceremony after my name is called and I receive my diploma?
No. At the end of the ceremony, the Chancellor will officially confer your diploma and you must be present. Also, leaving your seat will cause a major disruption to the ceremony. Out of respect for your fellow graduates, please remain seated until the ceremony is concluded.
Will I receive my diploma at the Commencement ceremony?
No. Empty diploma covers will be presented during the ceremony. However, your diploma cover will include a letter from the Alumni Association with special information. In eight to ten weeks, you will receive a letter from the Registrar’s Office regarding your diploma.
Can my family and friends watch from home?
We will be live streaming the 2020 Commencement ceremony, and will place a notice on our social media and website when the ceremony is live for viewing.
For Family & Friends
When is Commencement?
City Colleges of Chicago Commencement is Saturday, May 2, 2020. There will be two ceremonies:
The morning ceremony will begin at 9 a.m.
The afternoon ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m.
The ceremonies will be held at the Wintrust Arena, located at 200 E. Cermak Rd., Chicago, IL 60616.
How long is the ceremony?
Each Commencement ceremony will last approximately 2 – 2 1/2 hours.
Is Commencement mandatory?
Participating in Commencement is not mandatory, but it is strongly encouraged as a time to celebrate the achievements of our graduates with their family and the faculty.
Are Commencement guest seats assigned?
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors of the Wintrust Arena open one hour before the ceremony. Since seating is open, please do not save seats in any way other than sitting in the seat. Special seating is available to guests who are visually impaired or disabled.
Where should I sit to have a good view of my graduate?
On the day of the event, there will be signage in the main level of the Wintrust Arena indicating which side of the arena the college seating will be. Please note that seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier you arrive, the more likely seats will be available near the college of your choice.
Where can I photograph my graduate?
GradImages, a professional photography company, will take two photos of graduates during the Commencement ceremony: 1) as they shake hands with their college president and 2) as they exit the stage holding their degree cover. Approximately one week after the ceremony, your graduate will receive an email from GradImages to their CCC email with instructions to view and order their photos.
No photographers will be permitted on the floor at the Wintrust Arena.
If you have questions about your photos, please reach out to GradImages Customer Service Department at 1-800-261-2576, online at www.gradimages.com, or email email@example.com. They have a large team of customer care representatives ready to help graduates and family members with anything they may need.
How can we follow on social media?
Follow the celebration on our Facebook page or Twitter handle and the hashtag #gradccc2020.