As you prepare for this wonderful day of celebrating your achievement we would like to provide you a few reminders….
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Emil and Patricia A. Jones Convocation Center
Chicago State University
9501 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60628
To ensure that you have sufficient time to check-in, dress in your regalia, and line up with your College all Graduates should arrive at 9:30 am. Processional begins promptly at 10:45 am
SPECIAL NOTE: Students will commence marching into the ceremony arena promptly at 10:45 am. If you arrive late you may not be permitted to enter the floor.
It is critical that you bring your line-up card with you on Commencement Day. This card denotes your place in the processional line-up.
Please place your email address on the back of the card before your arrive so that the photographer will be able to send you your Commencement photo proof.
The current fees are as follows:
- Undergraduate Graduation Application Fee: $50.00 covers the cost of assessing undergraduate student records for eligibility to graduate.
- Graduate Graduation Application Fee: $50.00 covers the cost of assessing graduate student records for eligibility to graduate.
- Undergraduate Cap and Gown Fee: $40.00 covers the cost of providing caps and gowns for undergraduate commencement students.
- Graduate Cap and Gown Fee: $65.00 covers the cost of providing caps and gowns for graduate commencement students
- Undergraduate Commencement Fee: $35.00 covers the cost of undergraduate student participation in commencement exercises.
- Graduate Commencement Fee: $35.00 covers the cost of graduate student participation in commencement exercises.
We have made every accommodation to ensure that our graduates receive a sufficient number of Commencement tickets. Each graduate is being provided 5 tickets.
All guests, including children, must have a ticket.
- Admission to the arena is by ticket only
- Lost tickets will not be replaced
- There will be no tickets available on Commencement Day.
You may indicate your disability-related needs by stopping by the Abilities Office table at the 2012 Commencement Countdown. In addition, you may contact the Abilities Office of Disabled Student Services at (773) 995-4401, or visit the office located in the Cordell Reed Student Union, Room 190, prior to Commencement day.
Your name and degree in the graduation program book is a direct reflection of the university records. We cannot alter your name or degree to reflect anything other than what is in our database at the time of printing. It is your responsibility to ensure that your data is accurate in the University system
- Balloons are strictly prohibited inside the Convocation Center.
- Campus parking is free on Commencement Day.
- The designated disabled parking spaces are all clearly marked.
The conferring of an academic degree is a tradition that dates back to the 12th century and is regarded as an important rite of passage for students and families. While commencement is a
time for celebration, please remember this long and respected tradition and approach the ceremony with the proper decorum and respect.
It is critical that you bring your academic regalia including cap, gown, stole, & the line-up card you were provided during Commencement Countdown with you to commencement.
During the commencement ceremony graduates are only allowed to wear university sanctioned regalia that is reflective of academic accomplishment. Sorority, fraternity, social affiliation, and all other non-academic regalia are not allowed. Please note the following recommendations for commencement day attire.
- Dark dress or pants, cool fabric
- Dark low heel or flat shoes
- No high collars or bows at the neck
- No sandals
- No corsages or jewelry on the robe
- No white tennis shoes
- No high heels
- No large purses or bags in the processional
- Dark trousers, white shirts, tie is optional
- Dark Shoes and socks
- No White tennis shoes
- No boutonnieres or jewelry on the robe
Please arrange to be on time for all graduation events. Students who arrive after the commencement processional has lined up will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony. All graduates are expected to attend the entire ceremony, and to participate in both the processional and recessional. All graduates shall remain seated for the entire ceremony. Our Commencement Marshals will strictly enforce this expectation.
Commencement is both a joyful occasion and a solemn event. Please advise your family and friends to express their excitement in ways that will not prevent others from hearing the speaker, and enjoying the ceremony. Graduates are not to display inappropriate or exaggerated behavior as participants in the ceremony.
Please ask family members not to come onto the Commencement floor in a manner that is disruptive to the processional, recessional or the flow of graduates as they are receiving their honor. This activity is disruptive to the flow of the program. Flowers and other gifts should be given after you have completed the recessional and meet with them in the lobby or outside of the building.
All cellular phones should be turned to silent mode to ensure that all guests can hear and enjoy the commencement ceremony. Graduates are asked not to use their cell phone once they have marched into the arena.
Alcohol and other illegal substances are not permitted on the Chicago State University campus. Security will be present to remove anyone that is identified to have alcohol/ illegal substances and will prohibit those from marching that may already be under the influence.
Traditionally, the moving of the tassel at graduation is called, "turning the tassel" or "the turning of the tassel ceremony." It symbolizes one's transition from candidate to graduate. Standard protocol in the US dictates that the tassel be worn on the right side of one's mortarboard at commencement and then, during the ceremony the tassel is moved or turned to the left side. Teachers and administrators at commencement place their tassels on the left.
Graduates are to line up with their college based on their line-up number. The line-up number is assigned and given to the graduate during Commencement Countdown when you receive your cap and gown. The Faculty Marshals will lead the graduates of their respective college into the ceremony as directed by the Grand Marshall.
Commencement begins with the academic procession. The audience is asked to rise and to remain standing as the procession enters the arena until the platform party has taken its place, the time for reflection has been allowed, and the hymns have been sung.
Male graduates should remove mortar boards during posting of colors and National Anthem. Attendees will be directed to sit at the conclusion of the singing of the hymns.
After the singing of the CSU Alma Mater and the closing the audience will be asked to take their seats and to remain seated for the retrieval of colors and the recessional of the platform party, faculty, and graduates.
All graduates are expected to participate in both the processional and the recessional. Please do not make plans that will require you to leave the ceremony before it ends. We make every attempt to keep the ceremony to a reasonable length. However, we recommend any plans for post-ceremony celebrations are made to begin after 3pm to allow for travel time.
Participation in the commencement ceremony is NOT an official indication that you have graduated.
If you have outstanding financial obligations to the university you will not receive your diploma.
If you are missing the required number of credits due to failing or dropping a course you will not receive your diploma.