Congratulations, Class of 2020!
We are pleased to host you and your guests at the 2020 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 2, 2020, at the Wintrust Arena located at 200 E. Cermak Road. What follows is general information that will help you prepare for the day.
Make sure you pick up your tickets, cap & gown, tassel, and honor cords/stoles, if applicable, during GradFest April 27 – May 1, at your college. There you will receive more detailed information.
This year we will have two separate ceremonies. Please make sure you are clear on which ceremony will be for your college, as you will receive information only for that ceremony.
Morning Ceremony Details:
Doors Open: 8 a.m.
Ceremony Begins: 9 a.m.
Afternoon Ceremony Details:
Doors Open: 1:30 p.m.
Ceremony Begins: 2:30 p.m.
Please make sure you arrive at the arena at least 30 minutes prior to your Commencement and are in your designated seating area no later than 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony. If you arrive late, you will not be allowed into the graduate seating area until after faculty has marched in.
Each graduate will receive one (1) Graduate ticket. This ticket is for entry the Wintrust Arena and access to the graduate area. You will also receive an allotted number of tickets for your guests. Please make sure each person over the age of one (1) year has a ticket. They need it to enter the arena.
The ceremony is expected to last 2 – 2 1/2 hours. Make sure that when you arrive to the arena, you have your cap, gown and tassel (and honor cords, veteran cords, or PTK cords, if applicable). Proceed to the photo-op area or to the graduate seating area once you pass the security screening.
If you have any questions regarding the City Colleges of Chicago 2020 Commencement Ceremony, contact your college Registrar’s Office:
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- Harold Washington – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kennedy-King – email@example.com
- Malcolm X – firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Truman – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wright – email@example.com
Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are able to participate in the ceremony if you have graduated from a degree program at City Colleges in either the Summer 2019 or Fall 2019 term, or are conditionally approved for graduation in the Spring 2020 term by March 20, 2020.
To participate in Commencement on May 2, your status must be one of the following: “Degree Awarded” for Summer 2019 or Fall 2019, or “Conditional Approval” for Spring 2020.
Please come dressed in your cap, gown, tassel, and honor cords (if applicable). Changing areas are NOT available at the Wintrust Arena. Leave any valuables in the care of your guests. 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. Your cap is to remain on throughout the Commencement ceremony. Please do not make any alterations to your cap.
Plan to be seated in your designated college area at the Wintrust Arena no later than 15 minutes before the start of your ceremony (AM or PM) on Saturday, May 2, 2020. The Wintrust Arena is located at 200 E. Cermak Road. Please arrive on time, dressed in your cap and gown, and either visit our photo-op area or proceed directly to the graduate seating area once you go through the security screening. If you require special accommodations, signs will be placed designating the DAC tables.
Volunteers will direct you to the arena floor. Graduate marshals will then take you to your designated seating area 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.
You and your guests can enter either at the main entrance on the corner of Cermak and Indiana or through the Bridge entrance connected to Parking Lot A. Guests and children will NOT be permitted in the graduate seating area.
In your Commencement packet, 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. Graduation marshals and signage will direct you to the proper seating area once you have entered the arena.
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 one hour before the start of the ceremony. Each graduate will be provided an allotted number of tickets for guests. All seating is first-come, first-served. A Wintrust Arena usher will direct guests to available seats. The Wintrust Arena has special designated areas for wheelchair-accessible seating. Saving seats is not allowed.
Guests arriving late, or when the arena has reached capacity, will NOT be permitted into the arena.
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 City Colleges and Wintrust Arena can best serve you. Graduates requiring special accommodations should contact your college Disability Access Center by Thursday, April 23.
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 Thursday, April 23. Your college’s DAC can answer questions about the types of accommodations available and access to the Wintrust Arena. Accommodations include assistive technology, large-print and braille Commencement programs, and sign language interpreters.
Students who have requested or need accommodations will find the DAC check-in table in the main entrance lobby as soon as they pass through security screening. It is critical that you also check in at the DAC table to ensure that accommodations are in place for you.