Commencement Information

49th Annual Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Physical Education Center (PEC)

Watch a live stream of the ceremony here.


All students who earn a degree or certificate in the academic year (fall term through summer term) may participate in the graduation ceremony. In order to have your name listed in the Commencement program, your application must be submitted to the Office of Student Records by March 15, 2016. 

Register to Participate in the Commencement Ceremony

Graduates wishing to participate in the Commencement Ceremony must register with the Office of Student Life during Commencement Info Days on April 12, 13, and 16, 2016.

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Office of Student Life Hours
Regular Office Hours:
Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m


Degree and Certificate Requirements

If you have any questions regarding your degree of certificate credits, please check with the Office of Student Records in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2150, or call (630) 942-2260. It is not necessary to complete your degree requirements by May 2016, but they should be met by the end of the Summer 2016 term. Everyone will receive a diploma cover on the night of the Commencement Ceremony. The actual diploma will be mailed upon completion of your degree requirements. View Graduation Requirements

Name in Commencement Program

If you applied to graduate through the Office of Student Records by March 15, your name will appear in the Commencement Program. This was the deadline for the program to go to print. 

Caps, Gowns and Tassels

Commencement materials are available in the College of DuPage Bookstore beginning Monday, April 11. Graduates are encouraged to purchase their materials as soon as possible. If you plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony, you must wear the appropriate hunter green cap and gown. In 2010, we changed to a new shade of green so you will not be able to use previous years' regalia. 

College of DuPage Bookstore Hours and Contact Information

Monday to Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(630) 942-2360 

Regalia Guidelines

All graduates who choose to participate in the Commencement ceremony must wear the appropriate hunter green cap and gown, which can be purchased in the campus Bookstore up until the day of Commencement. In 2010 we changed to a new shade of green, you will not be able to use previous years' regalia. Purchasing early will ensure a correct fit.

Bookstore hours are listed here.

Honor Society membership recognition is through the individual purchase of a stole or cord. Please contact your honor society advisor for information. Only one stole may be worn and it must be from the approved list below:

Phi Theta Kappa – Gold Stole (and gold tassel)
Psi Beta – Gold Cords
Alpha Beta Gamma – Sapphire Blue Stole
Alpha Mu Gamma – Red and Blue Cords
Tau Upsilon Alpha – Blue, White and Gold Cords
Alpha Delta Nu – Apricot Cords
LEX Paralegal Honorary – Purple Stole


Day of Commencement Schedule

Friday, May 20, 2016
   5:15 p.m.     Graduates Report to PEC Arena

   5:30 p.m.     Commencement Rehearsal Begins

   6:30 p.m.     Doors Open for Guests

   7:00 p.m.     Commencement Begins

   9:00 p.m.     Reception Begins


Guests Needing Assistance

Any guests who have difficulty walking long distances or navigating hills should be dropped off at the designated entrance. Seating accommodations are available for persons with wheelchairs (COD does not provide wheelchairs). If you indicated that you or any guests need assistance, e.g., sign language interpreters, you will receive further information from the Office of Student Life regarding assistance. 


Graduates will receive a photographer's card along with their seating assignment prior to the graduation ceremony.

During the graduation ceremony, a professional photographer from GradTrak will take a photograph of each graduate receiving their diploma cover. There is no obligation to purchase the photo.

In order to ensure an orderly ceremony, we do not allow personal photographs and videos to be taken from the aisles. Personal photographs can be taken after the ceremony at the reception.

Approximately one week after the graduation ceremony you will receive an email with ordering information. You may also visit

If you have questions please contact the Office of Student Life at or (630) 942-2243.


Outstanding Graduates for 2015


Julia Andersen and Leticia Lozano

Julia Andersen has earned an Associate in Arts Degree and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on publishing studies. Lozano has graduated with her Associate in Science Degree and will transfer to study either biology or neuroscience.

Outstanding Grads

  • Julia Andersen

    Julia AndersenEnglish

    “I loved being a Presidential Scholar! Not only is my tuition free – my bank account rejoices – but I was automatically placed in the Honors program, which led me to some really interesting classes and helped me meet great new people. All the classes I took have been of a high caliber, but I found that I got the most enjoyment and fulfillment from my Honors classes, when I was surrounded with other students eager to work together on the challenging material the teachers provided.”

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  • Leticia Lozano

    Leticia LozanoBiology

    “I needed to show my daughter that she can do anything. At first I was nervous and scared. One of my first classes was biology and I did extremely well. Then the professor told me to take Anatomy and Physiology, and I did extremely well in that one, too. In fact, I loved it. I have been introduced to some of the most amazing professors."

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  • Amy Bellis

    Amy BellisNursing

    “Nursing had been a desire of mine for many years. I chose College of DuPage and the Nursing program for many reasons. I had heard numerous times how wonderful the Nursing program was and that many successful nurses had graduated from this program.”

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  • Randy Dziak

    Randy DziakEngineering

    “The fact that College of DuPage has a direct transfer program into U of I engineering is a testimony to the quality of the Engineering program at COD. The Engineering program at COD is just as good as, if not better than, most four-year institutions.”

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  • Alyssa Gibbas

    Alyssa GibbasEnglish

    “For students who are considering coming to College of DuPage, I have two words: Do it. There is a stigma against community colleges that simply should not exist. COD has resources that you never could dream of – resources that most four year schools do not have.”

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  • Erika Joyner

    Erika JoynerOffice Technology Information and Accounting

    "Every single semester I’ve had exceptional professors who have taught me educational material and life skills: Professors Wendy Felder, Nancy Stanko and Kay Gerken, who opened my eyes to the expansive office environment and its extensive software programs.”

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  • Pat Knight

    Helen "Pat" KnightA.A., A.S., A.G.S

    "Take a course in your interest area. Take a course that builds on what you already know. Ease back into school and learning. College of DuPage is the place to try a course with all the resources available and all the interested and dedicated instructors. Don’t be afraid, give it a go!"

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  • Samim Kohistani

    Samim KohistaniEconomics/Finance

    “Personally, COD has given me a sense of community and belonging. A lot of my friends attend COD and I have made a lot of new friends there as well. The clubs I joined and the extra hours I spent studying with classmates have really enhanced a lot of my relationships with people.”

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  • Brenda Kramer

    Brenda KramerBusiness

    "College of DuPage is an outstanding college. It gives you all the tools and resources. The instructors are well versed in their disciplines because they have worked in the field. If you are thinking about pursuing a Business/Management/Marketing program – before looking anywhere else – come to COD and visit.”

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  • Teal Russeau

    Teal RusseauTeacher Prep

    “Despite what anyone says or thinks, attending a community college is NOT lame, stupid or fake. In fact, not only will you save more money than any of your friends in the long run, the experiences you have at COD are also guaranteed to be more influential, beneficial and valuable because of the different atmosphere offered on campus and in the classroom."

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