2020 Commencement Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is the ceremony?
The Chicago-Kent College of Law Commencement Ceremony will be held Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. at The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601. 

How do I get there and where do I park?
Directions and Parking information can be found on the Venue page.

How long will the ceremony last?
The ceremony lasts approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

How many guests may I have at graduation/where do I get tickets?
Space at The Chicago Theatre is limited and we cannot make any guarantees as to the number of tickets available to each graduating student. Ticket allocations will be determined in Spring 2020 and tickets will be distributed at Grad Fest on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Graduates themselves do not need a ticket. All children over the age of two DO need a ticket.

More information will be available in March 2020. Again, we cannot make any guarantees with respect to ticket allocations before then. For more information, please visit the Tickets page

My guests or I require special assistance. Where can I find more information?
Graduates who request accessible seating tickets will receive specially marked tickets. Those who have special assistance tickets may begin seating at 1:15 p.m. Seating opens for all other guests one hour prior to the ceremony. To drop off passengers needing assistance or who cannot walk long distances, may be dropped off immediately outside the venue.  For more information, please see the Venue page.

Where do I pick up my cap and gown?

Graduates will wear official, approved regalia to ensure uniformity for the Commencement ceremony. Graduates will receive a souvenir tam and a commemorative Chicago-Kent tassel to keep; the rental gown and hood must be returned immediately following the ceremony.  All caps and gowns will be distributed at Grad Fest on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. You can order your cap and gown online beginning in January 2020.

If I own my own cap, gown and hood, can I wear it?
All graduates must wear the official Chicago-Kent academic regalia ordered through the approved cap and gown vendor.

Can I wear a hood from either an organization or from the institution that I received my Master's or PhD?
No, it is the tradition of Chicago-Kent College of Law, as well as proper etiquette, for graduates to wear only one hood at a time.

Will I receive my diploma at the ceremony? 
Because your final grades will not be finalized prior to Commencement, you will not receive your diploma on Commencement Day. You will, however, receive a diploma cover during the ceremony. Diplomas will be distributed by the Registrar's Office after the final grades are recorded. Final transcripts, class ranks, and diplomas for the Class of 2020 will be distributed in mid-July. You will be notified via e-mail when diplomas are ready for pick up. If at all possible, we ask that you pick them up at the Registrar's Office. Picking them up in-person reduces the chance that they will be lost or damaged in the mail. If you have any questions, please email regq@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Not all of my guests will be able to attend the commencement ceremony. Will the ceremony be video recorded?
Each year, the Alumni Association videotapes the ceremony and posts it permanently on our Web site. Check the Commencement homepage at www.kentlaw.iit.edu/commencement in May 2020 for more details.

Is there a dress code for graduation?
There is no formal dress code. Most graduates wear business-like attire under their robes.

Will I have my photo taken when I receive my degree? 
Graduates will be photographed as they walk across the stage to receive their diploma by GradImages. A proof will be mailed to you at a later date, at which time you may order your copy. It is important that you update your address with the Registrar's office so that your photos are sent to the correct address.

I will not graduate until July or August of 2020. Am I able to participate in the May 2020 ceremony and walk with my classmates?
This is an option, however, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, Director of Academic Administration & Student Affairs, in order to decide if this is feasible for your particular standing.

I planned to participate in the ceremony, but I can no longer attend, what should I do?
Please email commencement@kentlaw.iit.edu as soon as possible. The seating assignments and walking order is determined about a week in advance of the ceremony, so it is important to notify us as early as possible if you are not able to participate.

How can I stay in touch with Chicago-Kent and my classmates after graduation?
All Chicago-Kent Alumni are invited to make use of the Alumni Association homepage, where you can search a directory of alumni, join various alumni groups, keep abreast of Chicago-Kent news, and learn about and register for alumni events. Accounts for May 2020 graduates will be available in by September 2020.

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