Participation in the Commencement Convocation is optional, but encouraged. All students participating in the Commencement Convocation will receive the diploma cover. The diploma inserts are mailed after the degree conferral process is completed at the end of each term
Diploma inserts are mailed to the degree recipient at the home address on file via the U.S. Post Office, by certified mail with a return receipt.
Students choosing not to participate in Commencement will receive the following through the mail, called a graduation packet: Diploma cover, and insert, Commencement Program and graduation tassel.
Mailing of the diploma insert or graduation packet takes place after the degree conferral process is complete. The diploma inserts are mailed after the degree conferral process is completed at the end of each term.
Please note that diploma inserts or graduation packets will not be released if you have any financial holds. .
The Office of the Registrar.
Degrees will be reflected on the academic transcript after the record has been reviewed, confirming that all graduation requirements have been satisfied. This process is called degree conferral.
To order personalized announcements you may go to the Barnes and Noble bookstore located on the Lisle Campus, Krasa Center or you can order online from the Oak Hall website at http://www.cbgrad.com/school/BENU
You will pick up your cap and gown and your Inclement Weather tickets at the Graduation Fair which will be held on Wednesday, April 8th at Krasa Center, 2nd Floor.
1. Request shipping.
Darwin Barnes, the Bookstore Manager, will be able to ship your cap and gown to you if you place a request by e-mail to email@example.com or send a fax to 1-630-960-1758. You must include your Cap & Gown order form receipt with the email or fax. In both communications include a telephone number where you can be reached so that the Bookstore Manager can call to obtain a credit card number to be used for shipping. Shipping rates are as follows:
Note: Caps and gowns will not be shipped prior to April 8, 2015. Shipping will be available on two days only –April 9th and April 10th. Unfortunately we will not be able to accommodate requests received after April 10th.. Please be aware that Darwin Barnes will not call before these dates. He will call you either April 9th or April 10th to get your credit card information to ship your cap and gown.
2. Send a designate.
You will need to download the Third Party Release Form, located below. Complete the form, print out two copies of the form. Fax one copy to Donna Madia at 1-630-829-6369 and give your designated person the other copy. Your designate will need to have a form of identity on them (example: driver's license, school ID) when they come to pick up your cap and gown at the Graduation Fair on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Your cap and gown will not be released without this form.
3. Commencement Day Pick-Up.
Caps and Gowns can be picked up on the day of Commencement. Please allow a little extra time in order to complete this process.
You must be in good financial standing to receive your cap and gown, and you must have an academic program that will be completed by June 2015 (or August 2015 for Undergraduate Programs)
What is the appropriate dress for the graduating student?
Business casual or formal dress is suggested. It is highly recommended that ladies wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking in a procession.
Can I decorate my cap?
No. The University does not sanction the decorating of caps.
The color of the “hood” is contingent upon the scholarly field of study, following the guidelines by the American Council on Education.
What side of the cap is the tassel worn? As an associate or bachelor degree candidate, you will march into the Sports Complex with your tassel on the right side. After the Abbot announces your degree conferral and all diploma covers are distributed, you will switch the tassel to the left side. As a masters and doctoral degree candidate, you will march into the Rice Center with your tassel on the left side.
There are no graduation honors for students earning Masters and Doctoral Degrees.
Line up for the graduates is at Kindlon Hall. Please refer to the Schedule of Events for your degree for a list of times.
Yes. The commencement mass is at 7:45 a.m. at St. Procopius Abbey.
What time should guests start to arrive for the Commencement Ceremony?
The doors will be open at the Sports Complex at 8:30 a.m. for the ceremony.
Campus parking facilities will be available.
If the ceremony is in the Sports Complex there is no limit for your guests. If we experience inclement weather on the day of Commencement and we have to move to the Rice Center you will receive two (2) tickets for guests to come into the Rice Center. Your other guests will be shown to an area on campus to watch the ceremony remotely.
No. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis in the Sports Complex.
Yes, the Commencement Convocation is viewable on the Benedictine University website, www.ben.edu, and also will be viewed in selected areas on campus, including the Krasa Center, 2nd floor.
The ceremony should last between 1 hour, 30 minutes and 2 hours.
Yes. University Quad
Please contact Donna Madia at 630-829-1143 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any other questions.
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