Academic Policy Regarding Participation in Commencement Ceremonies
All undergraduate and graduate students expecting to complete their degree requirements must file a graduation application with the Office of the Registrar no later than one week prior to the first class day of the term in which they anticipate graduating. Filing the graduation application will trigger an audit of the student’s academic record to confirm that the student is on track to graduate; it will also be used to confirm eligibility for participation in commencement exercises. Those graduating students who plan to participate in the commencement ceremony must declare their intention to participate approximately 8 weeks before the date of the ceremony through an online form. Ordinarily, doctoral students will participate in the commencement ceremony that follows the completion and final submission of their dissertation.
There is a single Commencement Ceremony in early May for all students who graduate in an academic year (preceding fall and spring semesters and subsequent summer session).
Students eligible to participate in Dominican’s Commencement in early May include those who will have successfully completed all of their coursework by:
In exceptional circumstances—for example, international visa restrictions; extreme hardship; documented unavailability of a required course — a student who does not quite meet the eligibility requirements outlined above may appeal in writing to his or her dean, who will share the written appeal with the University Registrar. The appeal should include a specific plan (i.e. course numbers, terms, etc.) for how and when the remaining requirements will be completed. The decision concerning participation then rests with the dean in consultation with the University Registrar.
Deadline to apply for graduation:
August 19, 2019
May 10, 2020 UIC Dorin Forum
January 8, 2020
May 10, 2020UIC Dorin Forum
March 6, 2020†
August 24, 2020
May 8 or 9, 2021 UIC Dorin Forum
* Spring degrees are conferred at the university-wide commencement ceremony in early May; students who have not completed all degree requirements at that time but who do complete the remaining requirements by the last Saturday in May will have their degrees conferred the last Saturday in May.
† Students who plan to complete degree requirements during the Summer Session and who intend to participate in the May commencement ceremony must submit a graduation application prior to the mid-semester break of the preceding spring semester. Students who do not intend to participate have until one week prior to the first day of Summer Session I to submit a graduation application.
‡ Students who complete their degree requirements by the end of Summer I session will have their degrees conferred the first Saturday following the end of the Summer Session I.