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
Diplomas are mailed to the degree recipient at the home address on file via Federal Express.
Please note that diplomas 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 can pick up your cap and gown and your Commencement tickets at the Graduation Fair which will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the Krasa Center, 2nd floor.
1. Request shipping.
If you are unable to attend the Graduation Fair to pick up your cap and gown, you may order it online and have it delivered directly to your home for a fee of $15.95. All home shipped orders will be mailed out starting April 18, 2016.. All ship-to-home orders must be ordered by April 29, 2016 to insure delivery before Commencement.
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 Thursday, April 14, 2016. Your cap and gown will not be released without this form.
3. Bookstore Pick-Up.
If you are unable to attend the Graduation Fair on April 14th your Caps and Gowns can be picked up at the campus Bookstore. You must show your student ID and must be in good financial standing to pick up your gown. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for picking up your cap and gown from the Bookstore is Thursday, May 12th. After that date you may only pick up your cap and gown at Commencement.
*Please call the Bookstore for their hours of operation.
How will I receive my inclement weather tickets if I cannot come to the Graduation Fair?
You will receive your inclement weather tickets at Will Call, located near the check-in in Kindlon Hall, on the day of Commencement.
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 May and August for Undergraduate programs and March, May, or June of 2016 for Graduate 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 Rice Center 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, 1st floor. Please refer to the Schedule of Events for your degree for a list of times.
Yes. The commencement mass is on Friday, May 13th at 6:30 p.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 8:00 a.m. for the ceremony. Please note: If we must go into the Rice Center due to inclement weather seating is on a "first come, first served" basis and guests that come after the ceremony has started may be redirected to the Goodwin Hall auditorium even if they hold a ticket.
Campus parking facilities will be available.
The ceremony will be in the Rice Center and the number of guests that you will be able to attend will be determined based on the responses to attend. An exact number will be determined prior to the Graduation Fair. Your other guests will be shown to the Goodwin Hall auditorium to watch the ceremony remotely.
Yes. All children, regardless of age, will need a ticket.
No. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis in the Rice Center.
Yes, the Commencement Convocation is viewable on the Benedictine University website, www.ben.edu, and also will be viewed in Goodwin Hall auditorium.
The ceremony should last between 1 hour, 30 minutes and 2 hours.
Yes. In the Campus Quad.
Please contact Donna Madia at 630-829-1143 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any other questions.
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