I only need to complete one class to graduate. Can I participate in the Spring 2017 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 2017 term (or intersession between Spring and Summer), will not be eligible to participate in the Spring 2017 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 ceremony.
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 CCC in either the Summer 2016 or Fall 2016 term, or are conditionally approved for graduation in the Spring 2017 term by March 15, 2017. You can check your eligibility in your student portal at my.ccc.edu by logging in with your CCC username and password.
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?
All students participating in the commencement ceremony will be given an allotted number of guest tickets. To receive your guest tickets, you must attend a commencement orientation during GradFest, May 1st – 5th at your college. Tickets to the UIC Pavilion will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. After pavilion tickets are gone, tickets for the overflow tent, located next to the pavilion, will be distributed.
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, then going to “My Academic Plan.” Your Projected Graduation College is listed at the bottom of this page.
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?
What will be included in my graduation packet?
Your graduation packet will include your graduation announcements and tickets, college stole, honor cords, PTK cords, Veteran cords, PSI beta cords (if applicable). You will receive your packet once you attend the mandatory Commencement orientation during GradFest.
Tickets are NOT for sale
Tickets are not for sale, nor should they be bought or sold. The 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?
Graduates do not need tickets, but all guests age 1 and older must have ticket to enter the UIC Pavilion.
Where can my guests park?
Your guests will park in the UIC Pavilion parking garage or identified parking lots. Parking is free.
Are there special parking and seating accommodations for elderly and disabled guests?
Yes, there are accommodations for both parking and seating for elderly and disabled guests. If your guests require special seating accommodations, please notify an usher or UIC Pavilion Guest Services.
If I am a disabled graduate and need disability access, what should I do?
Please notify your Disability Access Center by Friday, April 21st, that you will be participating in the ceremony. Describe any assistance you may require during the event. You can request disability parking access from your Disability Access Center.
Is there a Commencement rehearsal?
No. In lieu of a rehearsal, City Colleges of Chicago staff members will instruct you on marching 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 45 minutes before the ceremony begins.
- Attire: bring your gown, cap, tassel, stole and honor cords (if applicable). It is strongly recommended that students wear flats or shoes with low heel due to the amount of time standing in the garage and the decline of the ramp entering the Pavilion. 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 a coat, purse, bag, backpack 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 in the parking structure. Proceed to your college area indicated by the corresponding color and 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 and you walk in the recessional with your classmates.
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?
Yes. The commencement ceremony will be streamed live at www.ccc.edu on Saturday, May 13th starting at 10:30 am.
Friendly Reminder: Please refrain from bringing horns, mechanical noise makers, laser pointers, strollers/car seats or helium balloons to the commencement ceremony. These items will be confiscated upon entry by the UIC Pavilion security. Also, please do not deface your cap or gown with printed signs or messages.
For Family & Friends
When is Commencement?
City Colleges of Chicago Commencement is Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10:30am. Commencement will take place at UIC Pavilion, 525 South Racine, Chicago, Illinois 60607
There will be a live webcast of the commencement ceremony at www.ccc.edu/commencement starting at 10:30am.
How Long is the Ceremony?
The Commencement Ceremony will last approximately 2 ½ hours.
Is Commencement Mandatory?
Participating in commencement is not mandatory, but 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 UIC Pavilion 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 hearing impaired or disabled.
Where Should I Sit to Have a Good View of My Graduate?
On the day of the event, students will march in by their college. There will be signage in the main level of the UIC Pavilion indicating which side of the area the college seating will be. Please note that seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier family members arrive, the more likely seats will be available near the college of your choice.
Where Can I Photograph My Graduate When They Process In?
We are unable to designate an area for photography during procession. We encourage you to capture this special moment with your graduate at our specially created photo backdrops. These backdrops will be located around the main concourse by college. You are welcome to take pictures after the ceremony.
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 UIC Pavilion.
How Can We Follow in Social Media?
Follow the celebration at #gradccc
Can Family and Friends Watch from Home?
Yes. The Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live at www.ccc.edu on Saturday, May 13, 2017 starting at 10:30am.