Schedule of Events
Schedule of Events

Commencement Convocation 

Bachelor’s and Associate Degree Candidates/Recipients

(For degree candidates/recipients completing their requirements in December 2017, May 2018 or August 2018.)

Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • 8:30 a.m. - Students report for line up in Kindlon Hall
  • 9:50 a.m. Convocation begins at Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
  • 12:00 p.m. - Reception in the Campus Quad

Master’s and Doctoral Degree Candidates/Recipients

(For degree candidates/recipients completing their requirements in August 2017, December 2017, March 2018, May 2018, June 2018, or August 2018.)

Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • 8:30 a.m. - Students report for line up in Kindlon Hall
  • 9:50 a.m. Convocation begins at Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
  • 12:00 p.m. - Reception in the Campus Quad

Business casual or formal dress is suggested. Adornments such as corsages and pins are not traditionally worn as a part of the regalia. The cap should be worn flat on the top of the head and signs are not recommended. Caps or gowns decorated with inappropriate messages will not be permitted. We highly recommend women wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking in a procession.

As an associate or bachelor’s 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 master’s and doctoral degree candidate, you wear your tassel on the left side.

Do not use cell phones during the ceremony. 

 

Baccalaureate Mass and Hooding Ceremony

Bachelor’s Degree Candidates/Recipients

Friday, May 11, 2018

(You must complete the response form by Monday, April 16, 2018)

7:00 p.m.
Rice Center

The Baccalaureate Mass and Hooding Ceremony brings together students, faculty and staff for the last time as a University community within a prayerful and reflective atmosphere. As tradition at Catholic Institutions, the ceremony will begin with a Catholic Liturgy. Immediately following the Liturgy, we will continue our evening in prayer and reflection with our Interfaith Hooding Ceremony, which is the symbolic passing of the knowledge and methods of the disciplines and the liberal arts from a faculty or staff member to the student.

To participate in the Baccalaureate Mass and Hooding Ceremony, students are required to complete the response form by no later than Monday, April 16, 2018. This ensures that your name will be included in the program. Your response card should indicate which faculty or staff member you have chosen to confer the hood upon you. Please also contact the faculty or staff member who you would like to perform the hooding personally to notify them.

Participating students should report to the Rice Center by 6:30 p.m. dressed in full academic attire (cap and gown, with gowns zipped up the front) carrying the hood over your left arm. Students are asked to sit in the assigned student seating. Do not use cell phones during the ceremony, as this is a time of prayer and reflection and sacred readings are being shared from a number of different faith traditions.  

Due to the intimate nature of this convocation along with its space constraints, attendance at the ceremony is limited to six guests per participant.

 

Master's and Doctoral Mass

Master’s and Doctoral Degree Candidates/Recipients

Commencement Mass
Friday, June 1, 2018
4:30 p.m.
St. Procopius Abbey

Class Gift Dinner 2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018
4:30 p.m.
Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business Lobby
Commencement

David Sonnenberger
Associate Provost
(630) 829-6538
dsonnenberger@ben.edu

Jenny Janis
Assistant to the Associate Provost
(630) 829-1143
jjanis@ben.edu