Commencement

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions regarding the 2021-2022 Commencement Ceremony, which took place on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Please check back as this list will be updated on a regular basis. Please email commencement@iit.edu with additional questions you have.

As always, we encourage you to visit our campus reopening website: www.iit.edu/reopening. This website contains up-to-date information and communication regarding university plans and policies as well as important information from government authorities regarding COVID-19.

Yes. Illinois Tech will share a YouTube link so that the community can watch the ceremony where all degrees will be conferred by college. Link will be shared closer to the event date.

 

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All degrees and all class credits will be awarded at the end of the spring semester.

You will pick these items up at Graduate Salute. Graduate Salute will be on Monday, April 25, 2022, and Tuesday, April 26, 2022, from Noon - 7 p.m. in the Hermann Hall Ballroom. You only need to attend one of these dates.  More information is available on the Graduate Salute website.

If you are an undergraduate student who is graduating with honors, you will receive an honor cord during Grad Salute. View the university’s Academic Policies and Procedures web page to learn more about the requirements for undergraduate graduation with honors.

Yes! We invite you to celebrate this accomplishment with us virtually by taking a video or photo and using supplied commencement stickers or photo frames. Use #IllinoisTechGrad or tag @Illinoistech on your social media posts!

December (Fall) 2021 Graduates attend the May 14, 2022 Commencement Ceremony. Please complete your Ceremony Response Form to reserve your space and your guest tickets for the May 14, 2022 Ceremony.

Students who will have enough credits to graduate in Summer 2022 attend the May 14, 2022 Commencement Ceremony. Please complete your Ceremony Response Form to reserve your space and your guest tickets.

Students Graduating from Chicago-Kent College of Law may attend the Saturday, May 14, 2022 Commencement Ceremony. The Chicago-Kent College of Law unit ceremony is Sunday, May 15, 2022. For more information on the unit ceremony please follow the link: Chicago-Kent College of Law Commencement Ceremony.

The number of guest tickets per graduate will be determined in March 2022 after the response deadline. Students that filled out the online Ceremony Response Form by February 18, 2022, 11:59 p.m. Chicago time, deadline will receive a select number of guest tickets at Graduate Salute.

Students that filled out the online Ceremony Response Form by February 18, 2022, 11:59 p.m. Chicago time, deadline may be eligible for additional guest tickets if additional tickets come available. The earliest additional tickets would come available will be after Graduate Salute. If additional tickets do become available you are only eligible for additional tickets only if you have completed the Ceremony Response Form. Please contact your Academic Unit Ceremony Planner to be put on a waiting list for additional tickets. Space is limited at the unit ceremonies and allocation of additional guest tickets is based on availability and is at the discretion of the unit planner.

You may still complete a late submission of the Ceremony Response Form until Thursday, April 14, 2022, 11:59 p.m. Chicago time, which is 30 days before the ceremony. If you complete your late Ceremony Response Form by Thursday, April 14, 2022, you may still attend the Main Ceremony. However because guest tickets are limited you may not receive tickets for your guests to attend the ceremonies.

In the event that you complete your Ceremony Response Form late (between February 19, 2022 - April 13, 2022), please contact your Academic Unit Ceremony Planner to be put on a waiting list for tickets. If tickets come available they will be distributed in the order of the waitlist. You are not guaranteed guest tickets unless you have completed the Ceremony Response Form on time. Space is limited at the unit ceremonies and allocation of additional guest tickets is at the discretion of the unit planner.

No—commencement is held once annually for students who graduate in the fall, spring or summer of that academic year. The graduates from 2021 and 2022 are invited to attend the Main Ceremony on Ed Glancy Field since their ceremonies were virtual.

No—commencement participation is open only to students who graduate in the fall, spring or summer of that academic year.

Students will receive their diplomas shortly after the end of the term by mail. If you have questions regarding your diploma, please contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@iit.edu or visit their website.

Guest tickets will be available for pick-up at Graduate Salute, which will be held from noon–7 p.m. on Monday, April 25 or Tuesday, April 26 in the Hermann Hall Ballroom.

If you are out of state and/or unable to claim your tickets at Graduate Salute, you must arrange to pick them up from the Academic Unit Ceremony Planner prior to Commencement day. Otherwise, you will be able to pick them up on the morning of Commencement, Saturday, May 14, between 7:00–8:30 a.m. at the MTCC.

Full names appear in the program, just as they do on the diploma. To change your name as it appears in the student information system; please update your personal information here.

If you are participating in Commencement on Saturday, May 14, you must plan to attend Graduate Salute on either April 25 or April 26 between the hours of noon–7 p.m. in the Hermann Hall Ballroom on Main Campus. At this two-day event (students attend on only one day) you will pick up your regalia (cap and gown/hood) and guest tickets, if eligible. You can also purchase diploma frames, class rings, alumni merchandise, or have a professional photo taken in your regalia by GradImages. Images are available for purchase after the event.

No—only the graduating student may pick up his/her regalia and guest tickets using a student ID or picture ID. Please do not send a family member or friend to pick up your regalia or guest tickets.

No—regalia is only distributed at Graduate Salute and at Commencement, the morning of the event.

Each guest two years of age and older will need a ticket to be admitted to the Opening Ceremony and Academic Unit Ceremonies.

Having to bring a stroller is not a disability, but you are welcome to bring a stroller. Please note: the Opening Ceremony does take place outdoors and on grass. Also, the Academic Unit Ceremonies may not be able to accommodate a stroller and you may need to leave it outside of the event space.

Yes—a special seating section will be designated for people who use wheelchairs. Wheelchair users in this section will be allowed one companion seat.

For guests who are wheelchair users or have impairment, such as a visual or hearing impairment, and require an accommodation, please contact the Center for Disability Resources at 312.567.5744 as soon as possible to arrange for an accommodation.

Yes, they are. For specific questions about unit ceremony locations, contact the Center for Disability Resources. Volunteers will be available at each unit ceremony to assist with operating wheelchair lift and stair lifts.

No. Illinois Tech does not have wheelchairs onsite during the day of the ceremony to rent or borrow; you will have to bring your own wheelchair. Wheelchairs may be rented from a medical supply store or purchased from stores such as Walgreens or Costco. Resources for wheelchair rentals include:
www.hcplusinc.com/rentals.htm
www.mobility-connection.com
 

Yes. There will be shuttle buses equipped with wheelchair lifts for guests who are wheelchair users. Shuttles will start to run throughout Mies Campus AFTER the Main Ceremony has concluded to take guests to the Academic Unit Ceremonies.

For all disabilities questions or to request an accommodation for you or one of your guests for graduation, please visit web.iit.edu/cdr or call 312.567.5744. The Center for Disability Resources can answer questions regarding only a disability you or your family member may have. This office cannot answer questions regarding the ceremony itself.

Please feel free to bring your cameras to take photos after the Academic Unit Ceremonies.

Guests will not be allowed to leave their seats to photograph or videotape the graduates during any ceremony.

The aisles need to remain clear at all times, and especially during the processional, ceremony, and recessional. No freestanding equipment will be allowed.

There will be unlimited opportunities for personal photographs after the Academic Unit Ceremonies.

Graduating students and their guests are welcome to take photos inside Paul V. Galvin Library, on the upper level, north side of the building near the glass windows that face campus.
 

Undergraduate Student Application: ugaa@iit.edu
Graduate Student Application: gradcoll@iit.edu
Chicago-Kent College of Law: commencement@kentlaw.edu
Diplomas: registrar@iit.edu
Disability Services: disabilities@iit.edu
International Student: icenter@iit.edu
Commencement Ceremony: commencement@iit.edu