Frequently Asked Questions

If you are unable to find the information you are looking for, please contact Amy Atkinson, Director of Student Life.

Q: How do I order a cap and gown?

A: Caps and gowns can be ordered through the University Bookstore, located on the North Campus. (Below are approximate dates. Final dates will be issued in January and sent to all registered students.)

  • Jan 21 - Feb 22 - Place your order via the University Bookstore.  All students will need to provide head measurement.
  • Feb. 25 - Late order fee of $20 applies (beginning May 5th, the late fee will become $50 and with limited availability).
  • April 15 - pick-up begins!

Q: Where do I first report and when? When does the ceremony start?

A: Graduates are to report to the Black Box / Rehearsal Theater – lower level of CFA) at 1:30 p.m. Doors open to the Main Stage Theater for family and guests at 1:45 p.m. The academic procession will begin promptly at 2:45 p.m. If you would like your family members to see you process into the theatre they will need to be seated by 2:45 p.m. The commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m.

Q: I have a disability which may require special accommodations for me to participate in the commencement ceremony. What should I do?

A: When you register online to participate in the School of Law commencement ceremony, simply note your possible needs for special accommodations. You will be contacted by a staff member who will discuss and finalize your accommodations.

Q: If I have a guest who has a disability, what accommodations will be available in the Main Stage Theatre/Center for the Arts?

A: The Mainstage Theater is accessible to persons with disabilities. Please notify Amy Atkinson, Director of Student Life, as soon as possible of any accessibility needs for your guests, including interpreters for deaf individuals, and wheelchair or other physically accessible seating so appropriate arrangements may be made. The request for interpreters for deaf individuals must be made no later than Friday, May 3 so that we can contract for these services. Ushers will assist guests with these needs. One guest may sit with the guest needing accessible seating. All guests will still require a ticket.

Q: Are tickets required?

A: Yes. Each graduate will request the number of tickets (up to 6) when they register for the ceremony. When you fill out the registration form there will be a place to request additional tickets. You do not need a ticket for yourself – you will be seated in a special section with all of the other graduates.

Q: How will extra tickets be distributed?

A: Each student will receive the number of tickets they have requested (up to 6). The extra tickets in the Main Stage Theatre will be distributed via a lottery to the students who have made requests during the registration process after the registration window has been closed. Once all of the extra tickets for the Main Stage Theatre have been distributed, we will offer tickets for our overflow seating area in the Screening Room in the Center for the Arts. In addition, we will live stream our ceremony to our website.

Q: Do I need a ticket for a small child?

A: Children under four who will sit on a lap do not need a ticket. It is University Policy for ushers ask a parent or guardian to remove disruptive children from the auditorium. So please consider ahead of time, as a courtesy to fellow graduates and others in attendance, whether or not your infant or young child will sit quietly through the approximate two-hour ceremony. Please keep in mind that requesting tickets in the Screening Room may be a better option for young children.

Q: If I want to make dinner reservations for my family after the Commencement exercises, what time should I make these reservations?

A: Allow approximately 3 hours. This would include 2 hours for the ceremony and another 30 -45 minutes for the reception that follows as well as an additional 20-25 minutes to get off campus and to the restaurant of your choice. Therefore, it is not recommended to make reservations before 5:00 p.m.

Q: Where can my family, friends, and relatives find parking for the Commencement Ceremony?

A: Parking will be available in all of the parking lots across campus, including all faculty, staff, and student lots. Parking lots closest to Center for the Arts include, but are not limited to, Lake LaSalle Lot (behind the CFA building), Alumni Lot, Arena Lot, Slee, and Baird Lots.

Be sure to arrive with plenty of time to find parking as other ceremonies are running concurrent to our ceremony. Handicap parking will be available.

Q: Will there be a professional photographer at the Commencement?

A: Yes. GradImages will take individual photographs of each graduate attending commencement. Please visit their website for additional information.

Q: When will I receive my diploma?

A: Diplomas will be ordered after all degrees have been conferred and they usually take about 6 weeks to be mailed out by the University. Diplomas are mailed to the permanent address listed in your HUB student center. If you would like to order a frame, the size of the diploma is 12.5" W x 9.75" H.

If you have any questions, please contact Records, Registration & Financial Aid Office.