Associates Degree Program Schedule of Events

May and August 2015 Degree Recipients

Congratulations to you as you complete (or have completed) the final requirements that will make you a member of the 2015 graduating class of Benedictine University. A brief list of dates you will want to remember will be posted soon. Please visit www.ben.edu/commencement for more detailed information, ordering your class ring, personal announcements, pictures and video of the ceremony, etc.

Please mark your calendar for the following dates:

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015:  GRADUATION FAIR 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Krasa Student Center, 2nd floor

  • PICK UP YOUR CAP AND GOWN*
  • Pick up Inclement Weather tickets for graduates attending Commencement
  • Obtain commencement information
  • Have your cap and gown picture taken by a Grad Images photographer
  • Receive information about alumni benefits and Career Development services
  • Purchase a class ring and/or diploma frame
  • Order personalized announcements
  • Attend the Career Fair open from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Discuss your financial obligations
  • Enjoy a raffle and refreshments

* This is the ONLY date available to pick up your cap and gown prior to Commencement.

Remember all financial obligations, including graduation fees and library obligations, must be settled prior to pick-up of cap and gown. Benedictine accepts cash, personal checks, money orders, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Payments made by personal check, business check or online by ACH will be subject to a 14 day hold to allow for clearance of funds.


If you cannot attend the ceremony and want your cap and gown, you must pick it up at the Graduation Fair or contact Darwin Barnes at dbarnes@ben.edu to have it shipped. More information about shipping and costs are on the FAQ sheet on the Commencement website.


 Saturday, May 9, 2015:         CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GRADUATION

 Commencement Mass   7:45 a.m.
                          St. Procopius Abbey
 Students Report for Line Up    8:30 a.m.        
                          Kindlon Hall
 Commencement Convocation  
  9:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m.         Sports Complex (outdoors)
 Reception  11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.         University Quad


The ceremony is expected to last about one and one half hours. If inclement weather is predicted for the day of Commencement the ceremony will be moved to the Rice Center. Due to limited seating capacity in the Rice Center, each graduate attending Commencement will receive two (2) tickets for guests to attend the indoor ceremony. Your other guests will be shown to an area on camps to watch remotely. Information on any change of venue will be posted on the Commencement website prior to the event. Guests in need of handicap seating should be aware that it is a long walk from the drop off area to the seating area but we will have golf carts to assist. The ceremony can be viewed on closed circuit TV in the Krasa Center, 2nd floor.

STUDENTS MAY NOT DECORATE CAPS.

It is highly recommended that ladies wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking in a procession.

 Attention graduates:  DO NOT USE CELL PHONES DURING THE CEREMONY

Bachelor's Degree Programs Schedule of Events

May and August 2015 Degree Candidates

Congratulations to you as you complete (or have completed) the final requirements that will make you a member of the 2015 graduating class of Benedictine University. A brief list of dates you will want to remember will be posted soon. Please visit www.ben.edu/commencement for more detailed information, ordering your class ring, personal announcements, pictures and video of the ceremony, etc.

Please mark your calendar for the following dates: 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015:  GRADUATION FAIR 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Krasa Student Center, 2nd floor
  • PICK UP YOUR CAP AND GOWN*
  • Pick up Inclement Weather tickets for graduates attending Commencement
  • Obtain commencement information
  • Have your cap and gown picture taken by a Grad Images photographer
  • Receive information about alumni benefits and Career Development services
  • Purchase a class ring and/or diploma frame
  • Order personalized announcements
  • Attend the Career Fair open from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Discuss your financial obligations
  • Enjoy a raffle and refreshments

* This is the ONLY date available to pick up your cap and gown prior to Commencement.

Remember all financial obligations, including graduation fees and library obligations, must be settled prior to pick-up of cap and gown. Benedictine accepts cash, personal checks, money orders, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Payments made by personal check, business check or online by ACH will be subject to a 14 day hold to allow for clearance of funds.

If you cannot attend the ceremony and want your cap and gown, you must pick it up at the Graduation Fair or contact Darwin Barnes at dbarnes@ben.edu to have it shipped. More information about shipping and costs are on the FAQ sheet on the Commencement website.


Sunday, April 12, 2015:  4th ANNUAL SPRING FAMILY BRUNCH (Bachelor Students ONLY)    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.   Rice Center

The 4th Annual Spring Family Brunch will be held in the Rice Center from 11:00 am until 1:00 p.m.. This event is to honor our graduates.  For more information, please click here or contact Hope Keber at hkeber@ben.edu or 630-829-1127.


Friday, May 1, 2015             HOODING CEREMONY  (Bachelor Student's ONLY)         7:00 p.m.   Rice Center

The Hooding Ceremony has a unique identity and function:  Its purpose is to bring together students, faculty and staff for the last time as a University community. It is held at the Rice Center at 7:00 p.m. Due to the intimate nature of this convocation along with the space constraints, attendance at the ceremony is limited to six (6) guests per participant. 

The "hooding ceremony" provides the opportunity for the faculty/staff to invest the graduates with the bachelor's hood. Each student chooses the faculty/staff member who has played an important role in his/her experience at Benedictine. On the day of hooding the students will sit in an area left or right of the main stage in a designated section.  Faculty will be called to each of the "small stages" on the floor.  When your faculty is in his/her place the student walks up and hands them the hood, turns around to face the audience, and the faculty will then hood the student.  The student turns back to the faculty member to thank them.  The student then returns to their seat and the faculty member returns to theirs.  There usually are 10 to 12 rounds in the program depending on the number of participants.

You are asked to report to the Rice Center by 6:45 p.m. dressed in full academic attire (cap and gown, with gowns zipped up the front) carrying the hood over your left arm.

To participate in the Hooding Ceremony, you must complete the response card, which is on the Commencement website under "Steps for Graduation".
Responses are due no later than April 15 to insure your name will be included in the program. Your response should also indicate which faculty/staff member you have chosen to confer the hood upon you.  Please contact the faculty/staff member personally. Without this information, you will not be included in the hooding ceremony program. 

If you have any questions regarding the Honors/Hooding Convocation, please contact Donna Madia at (630) 829-1143 or via e-mail at dmadia@ben.edu. 

Attention Graduates:   DO NO USE CELL PHONES DURING THE CEREMONY.

 

Saturday, May 9, 2015: CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GRADUATION

 Commencement Mass   7:45 a.m.
                        St. Procopius Abbey
 Students Report for Line Up   8:30 a.m.
                        Kindlon Hall
 Commencement Convocation   9:45 a.m.
  11:30 a.m.      Sports Complex (outdoors)
 Reception 11:30 a.m.  
 12:30 p.m.      University Quad

The ceremony is expected to last about one and one half hours. If inclement weather is predicted for the day of Commencement the ceremony will be moved to the Rice Center. Due to limited seating capacity in the Rice Center, each graduate attending Commencement will receive two (2) tickets for guests to attend the indoor ceremony. Your other guests will be shown to an area on campus to watch remotely. Information on any change of venue will be posted on the Commencement website prior to the event. Guests in need of handicap seating should be aware that it is a long walk from the drop off to the seating area but we will have golf carts to assist.  The ceremony can be viewed on closed circuit TV in the Krasa Center, 2nd floor.

STUDENTS MAY NOT DECORATE CAPS.

It is highly recommended that ladies wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking in a procession.

 Attention graduates: DO NOT USE CELL PHONES DURING THE CEREMONY

 


Master's and Doctoral Degree Programs Schedule of Events

March, May and June 2015 Degree Candidates

Congratulations to you as you complete (or have completed) the final requirements that will make you a member of the 2015 graduating class of Benedictine University. A brief list of dates you will want to remember will be posted soon. Please visit www.ben.edu/commencement for more detailed information, ordering your class ring, personal announcements, pictures and video of the ceremony, etc.

Please mark your calendar for the following dates:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015:  GRADUATION FAIR 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Krasa Student Center, 2nd floor.

  • PICK UP YOUR CAP AND GOWN*
  • Pick up Inclement Weather tickets for graduates attending Commencement
  • Obtain commencement information
  • Have your cap and gown picture taken by a Grad Images photographer
  • Receive information about alumni benefits and Career Development services
  • Purchase a class ring and/or diploma frame
  • Order personalized announcements
  • Attend the Career Fair open from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Discuss your financial obligations
  • Enjoy a raffle and refreshments

* This is the ONLY date available to pick up your cap and gown prior to Commencement.

Remember all financial obligations, including graduation fees and library obligations, must be settled prior to pick-up of cap and gown. Benedictine accepts cash, personal checks, money orders, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Payments made by personal check, business check or online by ACH will be subject to a 14 day hold to allow for clearance of funds.

If you cannot attend the ceremony and want your cap and gown, you must pick it up at the Graduation Fair or contact Darwin Barnes at dbarnes@ben.edu to have it shipped. More information about shipping and costs are on the FAQ sheet on the Commencement website.


Saturday, May 9, 2015: CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GRADUATION

 


Students Report for Line Up
  1:45 p.m.
                         Kindlon Hall
Commencement Convocation
  2:30 p.m.
  4:30 p.m.        Sports Complex (outdoors)
Reception
  4:30 p.m.
. 5:30 p.m.        University Quad


The ceremony is expected to last about one and one half hours.  If inclement weather is predicted for the day of Commencement the ceremony will be moved to the Rice Center. Due to limited seating capacity in the Rice Center, each graduate attending Commencement will receive two (2) tickets for guests to attend the indoor ceremony.  Your other guests will be shown to another area on campus to watch remotely. Information on any change of venue will be posted on the Commencement website prior to the event. Guests in need of handicap seating should be aware that it is a long walk from the drop off area to the seating area but we will have golf carts to assist. The ceremony can be viewed on closed circuit TV in the Krasa Center, 2nd floor.

STUDENTS MAY NOT DECORATE  CAPS.

It is highly recommended that ladies wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking in a procession.

 Attention graduates: DO NOT USE CELL PHONES DURING THE CEREMONY

Commencement
BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY

Donna Madia
Executive Assistant to the Associate Provost
Phone: (630) 829-1143
E-mail: dmadia@ben.edu

5700 College Road Lisle IL, 60532
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