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Information for Graduating Students
Information for Graduating Students

Steps for Graduation

Graduates from the Mesa campus should visit the Mesa Commencement website https://www.ben.edu/mesa/commencement/index.cfm for Mesa campus specific dates and events. 

Questions regarding the Mesa Commencement activities may be sent to mcarlos@ben.edu

 

1. Apply for graduation 

Submit your application for graduation online through MyBenU. Please click here for step by step instructions.

Further information for degree conferral, graduation application, late application and fees may be found at the Office of the Registrar's graduation information page.

Log in to MyBenU

2. Order your cap and gown

Cap & gown information may be found on the Cap and Gown Information page.

All undergraduate and graduate 2021 orders must be placed by April 25, 2021.

Cap and Gown Information

3. RSVP for events

 

Lisle Campus Pickup for Commencement Items

Graduating students may stop by Lownik Hall, room 103 on the Lisle Campus to pickup diploma covers, graduation cords, class t-shirts and alumni gift bags on Thursday, May 13th from 2-7 p.m.

Students who wish to have commencement items to be mailed are asked to please submit a request to https://forms.office.com/r/exWHwkzDc5

 

BenU Grad Walk

Thank you to all who participated in the 2021 Grad Walk!


Virtual Commencement

Submit your photo for the 131st Commencement - Submission Deadline has been extended to April 30th.
Submit your photos at commencement.ben.edu.

Plan to attend the Virtual 131st Commencement on May 15th at 7:00 p.m. CST.
Check back for links to the video and live Zoom party!
 

Interfaith Baccalaureate

Plan to attend the virtual Interfaith Baccalaureate on May 14th at 7:00 p.m.
 

Commencement Mass

Plan to attend the virtual Commencement Mass on May 15th at 9:00 a.m.. Mass will be livestreamed on the Campus Ministry You Tube page.

 
 

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. 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 earn 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 soon.

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 an honor student who is graduating from an undergraduate program, how will I receive Academic Honor Cords?

Academic Honor Cords for qualified undergraduate students will be distributed at the October commencement date.  We will look into the possibility of shipping them after the event. 

 

 

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.

Cheryl Heinz
Associate Provost
(630) 829-6581
cheinz@ben.edu

Kathy Chatman
Assistant to the Associate Provost
(630) 829-6289
kchatman@ben.edu