Operation GraduationCommencement Day

Thursday December 18, 2014

Processional begins promptly at 10:45 A.M.
Chicago State University - Emil and Patricia A. Jones Convocation Center

2014 Graduation Checklist

Are You Ready to Graduate?

  1. As soon as possible see your Academic Advisor to assess your readiness to graduate and complete your Graduation Application. 
  2. Take your Advisor approved graduation application to the Bursar Office for review of your University financial account.
  3. Once the Bursar has provided you with your account reconciliation see the cashiers to pay any outstanding University financial obligations and to pay your graduation application fee of $50.00 and the $35.00 Graduation Participation fee.  Both the Bursar and Cashier Offices are located in the Cook Administration Building Room 212.
  4. Take your Advisor approved graduation application to the Office of Evaluations located in the   Cook Administration Building Room 128 (See page 4 of the Commencement Bulletin) Advisor approved applications must be submitted to the Office of Evaluations by the October 3, 2014 deadline date for December 2014 degree conferral and in order to participate in the December 2014 Commencement Ceremony.
  5. Order your cap and gown via the online ordering website www.herffjones.com/college/chicagostate before the October 10, 2014 deadline.  The site will no longer be accessible after this date.  After the deadline for online orders has passed you will be directed to purchase your Commencement regalia at the Follett Bookstore.  (The bookstore price is higher than the online pricing.) 
  6. Each graduate participating in the Commencement Ceremony will be given 8 guest tickets.  Everyone attending the ceremony must have a ticket for entrance into the arena.  (Children under the age of two years do not require a ticket).  Tickets will be issued during Countdown only to those Graduates who have paid the Commencement Participation Fee. (See page 11 of Commencement Bulletin.) 

  7. Attend one of the dates of Commencement Countdown to pick up your ceremony tickets, cap and gown, take graduation photos, and complete final University checkout.  November 12th, 13th, or 15th.  (See page 5 of Commencement Bulletin.)
  8. RSVP for Graduate Reception by November 15, 2014. (See Graduate Reception Invitation)
  9. Attend Graduate Reception on November 22, 2014.  (See page 6 of the Commencement Bulletin.)
  10. Arrive at the Jones Convocation Center by 9:30 a.m. on Commencement Day, December 18, 2014.  (See Commencement Day Instructions, or for detailed information review the Commencement Bulletin.)