The University recently announced that all commencement ceremonies for 2021 graduates will take place virtually. We are currently hard at work to create a special and engaging virtual experience for you and your families on our scheduled date of May 16, 2021. We will have more details about Chicago-Kent’s 2021 Virtual Commencement very soon.
These are some Commencement-related plans that are available now:
Chicago-Kent is holding Mini-Commencement Stage Crossing Ceremonies throughout the day on Sunday, April 11 to safely recognize graduates in-person in the Ogilvie Auditorium (lobby level of Chicago-Kent) in advance of the virtual ceremony. Each session will accommodate up to 12 graduates per 15-minute time slot. Students will be required to sign-up for a specific session to participate.
Graduates will enter through one door and wait in a designated, socially-distanced marked spot before approaching the stage one at a time. As each graduate's name is announced, they will be video-recorded while walking across the stage, pause briefly for multiple photos, and proceed off the stage. We expect to have enough faculty volunteers to individually hood graduates on stage. After crossing the stage, graduates may choose to stand in a socially-distanced marked location within the Auditorium to watch the remaining classmates in that 15-minute session, or directly exit the Auditorium. In order to comply with pandemic capacity restrictions and social distancing guidelines, graduates may only remain in the Auditorium for their designated session.
Chicago-Kent will video record each mini-ceremony session, with footage to be incorporated into the Virtual Ceremony. Photographers from GradImages will be onsite to take multiple images of each graduate, with proofs available to review and purchase approximately 72 hours after the mini-ceremonies. Photos will be taken as graduates are hooded (pending faculty volunteers), with Dean Krug, followed by an individual graduate portrait.
Masks and social distancing will be required, and additional safety measures implemented, while graduates are in the Auditorium and in the Chicago-Kent building in general.
All photos will be taken in the Auditorium in the lobby level of the law school, with social distancing and safety protocols. Graduating students from the class of 2021 and 2020 graduates (makeup dates from last year) may sign up for any available slot over the course of the following dates:
- Wednesday, March 3 – Thursday, March 4 | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. - https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/zfcaw
- Tuesday, March 23 - Wednesday, March 24 | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. - https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/hhvtp
- Thursday, April 15 – Friday, April 16 | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. – https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/nqyef
All orders must be placed online no later than April 16, 2021 through Oak Hall’s order site: https://kentlaw.shopoakhalli.com.
Orders placed after April 16th will be shipped within 2 weeks of the order date and may not arrive in time for the scheduled ceremony date of May 16, 2021.
A virtual watch party will also take place for the Chicago-Kent community to celebrate the Class of 2021 together. The watch party will be limited to Chicago-Kent faculty, staff, alumni, graduates and their invited guests, with pre-registration required. After pre-registering, the link to join will be provided to join the virtual watch party at the 2:30 p.m. ceremony start time. Registration for the watch party will open in April.