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

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

When and where are diplomas mailed?

Diplomas are mailed to the degree recipient at the home address on file via Federal Express.

Mailing of the diploma takes place after the degree conferral process is complete. This process can take up to 6 to 8 weeks after the conferral date (ex: Fall conferral date is December 31st). Once the process is complete your degree 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 our degree show up on the transcript?

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.

Is there a practice ceremony?


Are invitations/announcements available?

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

How and where do we get our cap and gown?

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. 

How and where do we get our cap and gown if we miss the Graduation Fair?

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.

What would prevent a student from participating in 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. 

How is the color of the “hood” determined in the academic apparel?

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.

As a graduate student in the Master’s program, will I be recognized for graduation honors?

There are no graduation honors for students earning Masters and Doctoral Degrees.

What time should I arrive for the Commencement Ceremony?

Please arrive 60 to 75 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Is there a Commencement Mass?

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.

Where do we park?

Campus parking facilities will be available.

Are children allowed?


Is there assigned or reserved seating?

No. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

Is there special seating for guests who are handicapped and the hearing impaired?


Can one view the Commencement Convocation off campus?

Yes, the Commencement Convocation is viewable on the Benedictine University website,

How long will the commencement ceremony last?

The ceremony should last between 1 hour, 30 minutes and 2 hours.

Is there a reception afterwards?


What if I have a question not listed above?

Please contact David Sonnenberger at 630-829-6538 or via email at or Jenny Janis at 630-829-1143 or via email at if you have any other questions.


Parking for Commencement will be available on the Lisle campus.

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Hotel Accommodations

Hilton Lisle/Naperville
3003 Corporate West Drive
Lisle, IL
Phone: (630)505-0900
Preferred Benedictine Rate with Code: $95
The newly renovated, luxurious Hilton Lisle/Naperville with recreational facilities including an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, and fitness center and guestrooms that are spacious and beautifully appointed. Allgauer's Grill offers award-winning cuisine featuring a bold innovative contemporary cuisine and outstanding daily specialties, a spectacular Sunday Champagne Brunch and Friday Night Prime Rib and Seafood Buffet. Benedictine Special Rate Code: N6259873

Sheraton Lisle
3000 Warrenville Road
Lisle, IL
Phone: (630)505-1000
Preferred Benedictine Rate: $110 (Must mention Benedictine University)

Make yourself at home in one of the 242 guestrooms at the newly transformed Sheraton Lisle Hotel. You will sleep soundly in the plush Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed. Other luxuries include flat screen TVs, wireless Internet, a spacious desk and upscale bath amenities. Take a break and head to the Sheraton Fitness Center, indoor pool and sauna or enjoy the delicious meals and cocktails in the newly redesigned Entre Bar and Restaurant. Guests may take advantage of our complimentary shuttle service to and from campus and within five mile radius of hotel based upon availability.

Extended Stay America
445 Warrenville Rd.
Lisle, IL
Phone: (630) 434-7710
Preferred Benedictine Rate: $61.74 (Must mention Benedictine University)
The studios at Extended Stay feature fully-equipped kitchens and plenty of work space.

Hyatt Regency Lisle
1400 Corporetum Drive
Lisle, IL
Phone: (630)852-1234
Preferred Benedictine Rate with Code: $89
Hyatt Lisle is a green hotel. We believe that caring for our environment and our communities is a responsibility that we all share. We implement sustainable practices that minimize our impact and empower our associates to be catalysts for change. Situated near I-88, world-class shopping, museums, theatres and golf courses, Hyatt Lisle is the premier choice for discerning travelers. Every guestroom in Hyatt Lisle is suite-sized, with separate sitting areas, sleeper sofas and gorgeous city or Morton Arboretum views. We are deliberately designed to accommodate both individual and family vacations. Corporate code to access special Benedictine rate is: CR78793

Hotel Arista 

2139 CityGate Lane
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: (630)579-4100
Request Benedictine University Rate
Rate based on day of the week for Deluxe guest room:
$129 Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday
$159 Tuesday, Wednesday 

Hotel Arista is not a chain, rather, we're something a little different. We're an independent, locally owned boutique hotel and something of a maverick. We offer effortless and luxurious accommodations for business, leisure and weddings. Hotel Arista at CityGate Center in Naperville is a four-diamond award winner and the first LEED certified hotel in Illinois.


David Sonnenberger
Associate Provost
Phone: (630) 829-6538

Jenny Janis
Assistant to the Associate Provost
Phone: (630) 829-1143