Commencement Timeline

Fall 2017 Graduates

  • Fall Graduate Survey opens: November 1, 2017. This form is required for ALL graduates. It will be available online beginning November 1.
  • Composite photo sittings: October 24, 25 and 26, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Deadline to complete Fall Graduate Survey: December 15, 2017

Spring 2018 Graduates

  • Deadline to apply for graduation: January 31, 2018
  • Spring Graduate Survey opens: February 2, 2018
  • Composite photo sittings:
    • January 30, January 31 and February 1, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
      Make sure you're included in your class photo! Sittings are quick and free! Sign up at
    • February 27, February 28 and March 1, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
      This is your last chance to be included in your class photo! Sign up at
  • Graduation Info Fair: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 
    Visit us on the 3rd floor from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to learn about everything related to Commencement, complete the Graduate Survey and order your cap and gown or other Commencement memorabilia.
  • Deadline to order caps & gowns: Friday, March 30, 2018, 5 p.m.
    You must order your cap & gown in advance in order to participate in the Commencement. Caps and gowns ordered by 5:00 PM on March 30 are complimentary, courtesy of the Alumni Association. Orders received after the deadline will be charged a $20 late fee. No orders will be accepted after Friday, April 13. Order your cap & gown online here:
  • Deadline to complete 2018 Alumni Relations Graduate Survey: Friday, April 27, 2018
    This survey is REQUIRED for all graduates. Check your email for your personalized link or contact for more information.
  • Deadline to complete the 2018 Career Services Employment Survey: Monday, April 30, 2018
    This survey is mandatory for all 2018 graduates. A link to this survey will be sent to graduates in mid-April. Watch your email for the link or contact the Career Services Office for more information.
  • Grad Fest: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Your Commencement tickets and cap & gown will be distributed in the lobby of the law school building from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You MUST pick up your Commencement materials this day or designate someone to pick them up for you. Materials will only be distributed to those who submitted a cap and gown order and completed both the Alumni and Career Services surveys.
  • Illinois Tech Commencement Opening Ceremony: Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10 a.m. 
    All Chicago-Kent graduates are invited to participate in the University's Commencement Opening Ceremony on May 12th on the main campus.
  • Commencement Ceremony: Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 2:30 p.m.
    The 2018 Commencement Ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 13, 2018 beginning at 2:30 p.m. All graduates should plan to arrive at the UIC Forum no later than 1 p.m.