Information for Graduating Students
Information for Graduating Students

Steps for Graduation

1. Apply for graduation 

Submit your application for graduation online through MyBenU (also necessary for degree conferral if not walking in Commencement ceremony). Please click here for step by step instructions. 

Log in to MyBenU

Online application for graduation is not available for degree recipients anticipating degree conferral before January 1, 2018. Please complete and submit the 2017 Calendar Year Application for Graduation (PDF) instead.

2. Order your cap and gown

Order your cap and gown online. The cost of the cap and gown is included in the application for graduation fee.

Cap and gown ordering for Commencement 2018
will be available beginning December 1, 2017.

3. RSVP for ceremony 

Fill out the online response form for participation in Commencement. Forms for Commencement 2018 will be available beginning December 1, 2017.

4. Attend the Graduation Fair 

Attend the Graduation Fair from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, on the first floor of Goodwin Hall to:

  • Pick up your cap and gown (strongly encouraged for all on-ground students).
  • Obtain Commencement information.
  • Have your cap and gown picture taken by a GradImages photographer.
  • Receive information about alumni benefits and career development services.
  • Purchase a class ring and/or diploma frame.
  • Order personalized announcements.
  • Discuss your financial obligations.
  • Enjoy a raffle and refreshments.

5. Celebrate your achievement

Attend the Commencement Mass and Commencement Convocation for your degree program and celebrate with your family and friends.

 
 
 

Graduation FAQ

Got a question about attending Commencement or what’s going on with your diploma? Here are some answers to some of the most common questions students ask leading up to graduation day.

Am I required to participate in Commencement to receive my diploma?

Participation in the Commencement Convocation is optional but encouraged. All students who participate in the Commencement Convocation will receive a diploma cover. Diplomas are mailed after the degree conferral process is completed at the end of each term.

When and where are diplomas mailed?

Diplomas are mailed to the recipient at the home address on file.

Mailing of the diploma takes place after the degree conferral process is complete. This process can take six to eight weeks after the conferral date (ex: fall conferral date is December 31). Once the process is complete, the degree you earned will be posted to your Benedictine account. You may expect to receive your diploma in the mail 10 to 14 business days after the posting. Please note that diplomas will not be released if you have any financial holds.

Who sends out diplomas?

The Office of the Registrar.

When will the degree be posted as earned on my transcript?

Degrees will be reflected on your academic transcript after the record has been reviewed, confirming that all graduation requirements have been satisfied. This process is called degree conferral.

What would prevent a student from participating in Commencement?

Not being in good financial or academic standing with the University. You must be in good financial standing before receiving your cap and gown, and be enrolled in an academic program that will be completed by the end of the summer term (if necessary to fulfill degree requirements).

Are invitations/announcements available?

Yes. Visit the Commencement Mementos page for details on ordering personalized invitations and announcements.

How and where do I get my cap and gown?

Cap and gown ordering and pick-up information will be available beginning December 1, 2017.

Is there a practice ceremony?

No.

What is the appropriate attire for the ceremony?

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.

On what side of the cap do I wear the tassel?

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.

As a student who is graduating from a master’s program, will I be recognized for graduation honors?

There are no graduation honors for students earning master’s and doctoral degrees.

Commencement

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

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