Congratulations Class of 2018!
We are pleased to host you and your guests at the 2018 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Wintrust Arena located at 200 E. Cermak Rd. 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 23rd – 27th, 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:
Harold Washington College, Kennedy-King College, Olive-Harvey College, Harry S Truman College
Doors Open: 8:30am
Ceremony Begins: 9:30am
Afternoon Ceremony Details:
Richard J. Daley College, Malcolm X College, Wilbur Wright College
Doors Open: 1:30pm
Ceremony Begins: 2:30pm
Please make sure you are in your designated seating area no later than 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony. You will not be allowed into the graduate seating area until after everyone has marched in.
Each graduate will receive one (1) Graduate ticket. This ticket is for you to be able to enter the Wintrust Arena and gain 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 1 year has a ticket. They need it to enter the arena.
The ceremony is expected to last 2 hours. Make sure you 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 check-in tables once you pass the security screening.
If you have any questions regarding the City Colleges of Chicago 2018 Commencement Ceremony, please contact your college Registrar’s office:
- Daley – email@example.com
- Harold Washington– firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kennedy-King – email@example.com
- Malcolm X – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Olive-Harvey – email@example.com
- 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 CCC in either the Summer 2017 or Fall 2017 term, or are conditionally approved for graduation in the Spring 2018 term by March 16, 2018.
To participate in commencement on May 5th, your status must be one of the following: “Degree Awarded” for Summer 2017 or Fall 2017, or “Conditional Approval” for Spring 2018.
Please come dressed in your cap, gown, tassel and honor cords (if applicable). Changing areas are NOT available at the Wintrust Arena. 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, and 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 5, 2018. The Wintrust Arena is located at 200 E. Cermak Rd. Please arrive on time, dressed in your cap and gown and check in once you go through the security screening. The graduate check-in will be in the main entrance lobby once you pass security screening. Signs will be placed designating Graduate check-in.
Volunteers will direct you, if you need assistance to your assigned check-in area. Graduate Marshalls 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.
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 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 1 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 graduation 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 CCC and Wintrust can best serve you. Graduates requiring special accommodations should contact your college Disability Access Center by Friday, April 20th.
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 20th. Your college’s DAC can answer questions about types of accommodations available and access to the Wintrust Arena. Many types of accommodations are available including 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 you 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.