Congratulations Class of 2017!
We are pleased to host you and your guests at the 2017 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago) Pavilion located at 525 S. Racine Avenue. What follows is general information that will help you prepare for the day.
Please make sure you at attend any one of the mandatory commencement orientation sessions to be held during GradFest May 1st through 5th at your college. There will be more detailed information provided and your graduation packet, including your tickets, stoles and cords (if applicable) will be distributed.
The 2017 Commencement Ceremony will begin at 10:30 am and is expected to last three hours. Graduates must arrive by 9:00 am with your cap, gown and tassel (an honor cords, Veteran cords, or PTK cords if applicable) to complete the check-in process. Doors will open at 9:30 am for general seating. Each graduate will receive an allotted number of guest tickets to either the main seating in the UIC Pavilion or to the overflow area located in a tent adjacent to the arena to watch the ceremony via live video feed. All guests, including children 1 year old and older, must have a ticket to enter the UIC Pavilion or the overflow tent.
If you have any questions regarding the City Colleges of Chicago 2017 Commencement Ceremony, please contact your college Registrar’s office:
- Daley – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Harold Washington– email@example.com
- Kennedy-King – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Malcolm X – email@example.com
- Olive-Harvey – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Truman – email@example.com
- Wright – firstname.lastname@example.org
or send an email to email@example.com.
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. Once you’ve logged in with your CCC username and password, go to: My Academic Plan> Graduation> Apply for Graduation> View Graduation Status.
To participate in commencement on May 13th, your status must be one of the following: “Degree Awarded” for Summer 2016 or Fall 2016, or “Conditional Approval” for Spring 2017.
Participation in Commencement
Once you have confirmed your eligibility, confirm your participation in our Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017. You will also be able to confirm that you have ordered your cap & gown , confirm the spelling of your name, provide pronunciation guidance, if needed, and add an optional message to family or friends that may be displayed on the UIC Pavilion screens during or after the ceremony.
Please come dressed in your cap, gown, tassel and honor cords (if applicable). Changing areas are NOT available at the UIC Pavilion. The cap is traditionally placed on the head with the mortarboard horizontal to the ground, rather than perched at an angle. The tassel hangs on the right. The cap, gown, stole and tassel are yours to keep. Please leave any valuables in the care of your guests. Your cap is to remain on throughout the Commencement ceremony. Please do not make any alterations or add any decorations to your cap.
Plan to arrive at the UIC Pavilion by 9:00 am on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 South Racine Avenue. Please arrive on time, dressed in your cap and gown and check in at the exit of the parking garage – Lot #7. The entrance to Lot #7 is located next to the UIC Pavilion on the Harrison Street entrance. Signs will be placed near the entrance designating Graduate check-in.
Graduation marshals will direct you to your assigned check-in area, designated by college. There will be no rehearsal prior to the ceremony, so please be open and responsive to directions provided by the Commencement production team members.
Your guests should enter the UIC Pavilion at Gate 3, located on the corner of Harrison and Racine. Guests and children will NOT be permitted in the graduate check-in area.
Graduation marshals will direct you to your college check-in area. You will receive a photographer’s registration card with your name printed on it for use during the ceremony. Please keep this card with you until it is your turn to walk on stage. The color of this card will signify your college/staging area. Graduation marshals and signage will direct you to the proper staging area once you have checked in.
Only diploma covers will be issued during the actual ceremony. For this reason, the conferring of degrees at the ceremony is provisional, pending verification that degree requirements have all been met and any debts owed to the college have been settled.
You will receive notification mid to late June notifying you to pick up your official degree at your college Registrar’s Office once your completion status has been verified. Please bring your picture ID to pick up your diploma.
Guests are strongly encouraged to arrive early to secure seating. Doors to the venue will open at 9:30 am. Each graduate will be provided an allotted number of tickets for guests to the Pavilion or overflow area. All seating is first-come, first-served. A graduation usher will direct guests to available seats. Special seating has been reserved for guests with disability. Saving seats is not allowed.
Guests arriving late, or when the arena has reached capacity, will NOT be permitted into the arena and will be directed to an overflow area adjacent to the Pavilion to watch the ceremony live via video stream.
The City Colleges of Chicago Commencement ceremony is an honorable, vibrant and significant occasion. Your guests are encouraged to celebrate this educational milestone with you; however, vocal interaction between graduates and guests during the Commencement ceremony is discouraged.
Out of courtesy to others, all mobile communications devices should either be turned off or set to vibrate during the ceremony, and all graduates should remain in their seats until directed by the marshal. Please refrain from walking or eating during the ceremony.
Graduates with Disabilities Needing Accommodations
Please carefully read the information that follows so that CCC and the UIC Pavilion can best serve you. Graduates requiring special accommodations should contact your college Disability Access Center by Friday, April 21st.
Graduating students with disabilities must request accommodations for Commencement through their college’s Disability Access Center (DAC) as soon as possible after they have registered to participate in Commencement and prior to Friday, April 21st. Your college’s DAC can answer questions about types of accommodations available and access to the UIC Pavilion. Many types of accommodations are available including assistive technology, large-print and braille Commencement programs, and sign language interpreters. Students can also arrange for early access to the floor where they may choose to join their College in the procession.
Upon arrival at the UIC Pavilion, students check-in at their college’s table in the parking garage Lot #7 located on Harrison Street, next to the UIC Pavilion. Students who have requested or need accommodations will find the DAC check-in table in the same parking garage. It is critical that you also check in at the DAC table to ensure that accommodations are in place for you.