For Graduates

The 2022–2023 Illinois Tech Commencement will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2023.

Student Day of Event Instructions

Main Ceremony and College Ceremonies Location: McCormick Place, North Building, Hall B (Level 3)

College Receptions Location: McCormick Place, North Building, Rooms N226–N231 (Level 2) (see the College Commencement Ceremonies page for specific room numbers by college/degrees)


All bachelor’s, graduate, and Ph.D. students will attend the Main Ceremony and will line up in McCormick Place, North Building, Hall B1 (next to the ceremony arena). Student check in and line up will begin at 7:30 a.m. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. for guest seating. Guests need to be seated no later than 8:50 a.m.


Students will attend separate events based on college affiliation. Students will line up in McCormick Place, North Building, Hall B1 (same line-up location as the Main Ceremony) prior to the College Ceremonies. More information is available on the College Commencement Ceremonies page.

Ph.D. hoods will be distributed as part of the College Ceremonies.

Applying for Graduation

All students must submit an Application for Graduation. For more information on your Graduation Application please visit the Undergraduate Academic Affairs or Graduate Academic Affairs websites.

If your application deadline has passed, consideration for Graduation Application will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please contact either Undergraduate Academic Affairs ( or the Graduate College ( based on your degree, for more information.

Do You Plan to Attend the Ceremony?

Please let us know if you will or will not attend the ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2023, by completing the Ceremony Response Form. All eligible graduating students are welcome to attend the Commencement ceremony, and do not need a ticket. Responses received after the Ceremony Response Form deadline (February 17, 2023, 11:59 p.m., CST) are not guaranteed to receive guest tickets to the ceremony. If you respond late, please contact your College Ceremony planner to discuss guest tickets. For a list of College Ceremony planners, visit the College Commencement Ceremonies page.

Graduate Salute

If you are participating in Commencement on Saturday, May 13, you must plan to attend Graduate Salute on either April 24 or April 25 between the hours of noon–7 p.m. in the Hermann Hall Ballroom on Mies Campus. At this two-day event (graduating students attend on only one day) you will pick up your regalia (cap and gown/hood). You can also purchase diploma frames, class rings, and alumni merchandise, or have a professional photo taken in your regalia by GradImages. Images are available for purchase after the event.

International Students

Invitation letters issued by Illinois Tech are not required by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to issue a B-2 tourist visa. If you have family or friends who would like to visit you in the U.S., you may provide them with your own invitation letter. The letter should include your name, an identification of the person you are inviting, their relationship to you, and the duration and purpose of the trip.

Please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where your family or friends will be applying for their B-2 tourist visa for the specific list of documentation that is required to apply.

Additional Information

Many questions about Commencement are answered on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. You can also learn more about regalia and attire on the About Regalia page.