Stage Crossing Ceremonies

Chicago-Kent will be holding Mini-Commencement Stage Crossing Ceremonies to safely recognize graduates in-person in the Ogilvie Auditorium (lobby level of Chicago-Kent) in advance of the virtual ceremony. These mini-ceremony sessions will take place on Sunday, April 11, from 11am-4pm. 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 Auditorium 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 sufficient 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 for purchase approximately 72 hours after the mini-ceremonies. Photos will be taken as graduates are hooded (pending confirmed faculty volunteers), with Dean Krug, and also include 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.