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 at the Graduation Fair on April 6th, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Krasa Center, second 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 beginning Friday April 7, 2017 and have it delivered directly to your home for a fee of $15.95. Please allow two weeks for shipment of your cap and gown. Monday April 17, 2017 is the last day to order your cap and gown for online shipping for Associate Degree Candidates and Bachelor Degree Candidates. Thursday May 18, 2017 is the last day to order your cap and gown for online shipping for Master Degree Candidates and Doctoral Degree Candidates.
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 David Sonnenberger or Jenny Janis 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. Your cap and gown will not be released without this form.
3. Bookstore Pick-Up.
If you are unable to attend the Graduation Fair your Cap and Gown 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 Wednesday before the applicable Commencement Ceremony. After that date you may only pick up your cap and gown at Commencement.
*Please call the Bookstore for their hours of operation.
Are tickets needed for the Commencement Ceremony?
No tickets are needed for the Commencement Ceremony.
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 the end of the summer term.
What is the appropriate attire?
Business casual or formal dress is suggested. The cap should be worn flat on the top of the head and signs are not recommended. Adornments such as corsages and pins, are not traditionally worn as a part of the regalia. Caps or gowns decorated with inappropriate messages will not be permitted. It is highly recommended that ladies wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking in a procession.
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 wear 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 wear your tassel on the left side.
There are no graduation honors for students earning Masters and Doctoral Degrees.
Please arrive 60 to 75 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
Yes. The commencement mass is on Friday before the Commencement Ceremony.
What time should guests start to arrive for the Commencement Ceremony?
The doors will be open 90 minutes before the start of the ceremony.
Campus parking facilities will be available.
No. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.
Yes, the Commencement Convocation is viewable on the Benedictine University website, www.ben.edu.
The ceremony should last between 1 hour, 30 minutes and 2 hours.
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