Commencement is a formal celebration honoring the achievements of graduates and candidates for graduation. The annual ceremony is held after the spring semester. Participation is voluntary and does not mean a degree has been awarded.

  • 1. Commencement Events - Salute to Grads

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     Salute to Grads: Commencement Prep

    • March 12 and 13, 2014 in the Hall of Governors
    • Wednesday, March 12: 1:30 pm to 7 pm (come any time during these hours)
    • Thursday, March 13: 11 am to 7 pm (come any time during these hours)
    • Pick-up your regalia*, order invitations, order your class ring and take your pictures.
      *Doctoral students will pick up regalia through their Colleges/Divisions.
    • A photo ID is required.
    If you did not attend Salute to Grads, order your regalia online through Oak Hall or click here.

    Students must be in good financial standing to receive their cap and gown.
    Doctoral students will order their regalia through the College. 

    Online ordering ends April 18, 2014.

     

    • 2. Commencement Event - Grad Celebration

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      Graduation Celebration

      • May 3, 2014, 11 am to 3 pm
      • RSVP required
      • Celebrate with your family and classmates

    • 3. Commencement Event - Ticket Pick-Up

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      Ticket Pick-Up

      • May 7 and 8, 2014, 11 am to 7 pm
      • Cafeteria Annex
      • A photo ID is required and participants must be in good financial standing in order to receive tickets

       

    • 4. Commencement Event - Doctoral Hooding

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      Doctoral Hooding

      • May 15, 2014, 6:30 pm
      • Center for Performing Arts
      • Doctoral students will receive your hood to wear at Commencement
      • Tickets required

    • Commencement Details

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      The 2014 Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

      10 am - Colleges of Arts and Science and Business and Public Administration

        5 pm - Colleges of Education and Health and Human Services

      Governors State University Commencement is held at the:

      Tinley Park Convention Center
      18451 Convention Center Drive
      Tinley Park, IL 60477 

       

    • International Visitor Visa Letters

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      Complete the Invitation Form to receive a letter to be sent to your guests for visas.

      Type in the form, then print and sign and return to the Office of the Registrar, located in C-1300.

    • Eligible Participants

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      For the 2014 Commencement ceremony, eligible participants are:

      • 2013 December graduates
      • 2014 Spring candidates* for graduation
      • 2014 Summer candidates** for graduation

      Participation in Commencement is voluntary.

      You must be in good financial standing with the University in order to participate in this event.

      *The deadline to apply for 2014 Spring graduation has passed. If you missed this deadline, please contact your academic advisor.

      **Summer 2014 graduation applicants who applied by February 7, 2014 are eligible to participate in Commencement.

    • Donate to the GSU Promise Scholarship

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      Donate $20.14 to the GSU Promise Scholarship and receive a special recognition at the Commencement ceremony.

      Click for the GSU Promise Flyer (pdf) 

    • Commencement Sponsors

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    • Guest Information - Coming Soon

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    • Volunteer Information - Coming Soon

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    • Faculty Information - Coming Soon

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    • FAQs

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      Graduation FAQs

      1. What is the difference between graduation and commencement?
        Graduation is a process where you complete an application in order to earn your degree. A $50 non-refundable processing fee will be placed on your account. A graduation application is required for each degree you earn at GSU.
        Commencement is a formal ceremony and participation is voluntary. Participating in the ceremony does not mean your degree has been earned. 
          
      2. I walked across the stage, doesn't this mean I earned my degree?
        No. Only December graduates from the previous year will have earned degrees by commencement.. Since spring and summer graduation applicants are eligible to participate in the ceremony, their degrees will not be posted until after ceremony has taken place. 
          
      3. Can I use my financial aid to cover the $50 fee?
        You will need to check with the financial aid office.  
          
      4. What does the graduation fee cover?
        The graduation fee covers the time and paperwork it takes to post your degree. The graduation fee does not cover any items related to the commencement ceremony (i.e. student regalia).
          
      5. When will my diploma be mailed?
        Diplomas are usually mailed out six to eight weeks after final grades have been submitted.  
          
      6. I missed the deadline to turn in a graduation application, who do I contact?
        You should start with your academic advisor.  

      Commencement FAQ's

      1. When does Commencement begin?
        In recent years, GSU has held two ceremonies at 10 am and 5 pm.
          
      2. How will I know which ceremony I will attend?
        This will be announced later depending on the number of participants. Participants are grouped by Colleges. 
          
      3. How many tickets will I receive?
        Participants usually receive four tickets per ceremony for family and guests. 
          
      4. Does my child need a ticket?
        Children age two or older will require tickets.
          
      5. How long is the ceremony?
        The Commencement ceremony lasts about three hours.
          
      6. Where do I pick-up my regalia?
        Eligible participants may pick-up regalia at Salute to Grads: Commencement Prep event. If you order regalia online, you may pick them up the day of commencement.
        If you are a doctoral student, you will receive your cap and gown through your college/division.
          
      7. How early should I arrive at commencement?
        Participants should arrive an 90 minutes before the ceremony. Guests should arrive an hour before the ceremony. 

    • Apply to Graduate

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      If you are in your last semester, or close to your final semester, you will need to complete a graduation application in order to receive your degree. You need to complete a graduation application for each degree you receive from GSU.

      A $50 non-refundable processing fee will be charged to your student account.

      GSU awards degrees three times a year: May, August and December.

      The graduation application for 2014 spring* and summer** are available and must be submitted by February 7, 2014.

      *The deadline to apply for 2014 Spring graduation has passed. If you missed this deadline, please contact your academic advisor.

      **Summer 2014 graduation applicants who applied by February 7, 2014 are eligible to participate in Commencement.