Commencement Information

48th Annual Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 15, 2015 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, 2015. 

Register to Participate in the Commencement Ceremony

Graduates wishing to participate in the Commencement Ceremony must register with the Office of Student Life.

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.

**Please note that the Office of Student Life will close at
5 p.m. on May 14 and at 1 p.m. on May 15.

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 2015, but they should be met by the end of the Summer 2015 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 13. 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 15, 2015
   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.