As you prepare for this wonderful day of celebrating your achievement we would like
to provide you a few reminders….
Thursday May 15, 2014
Processional Begins Promptly at 10:45am
Emil and Patricia A. Jones Convocation Center
Chicago State University
9501 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60628
To ensure that you have sufficient time to check-in, dress in your regalia, and line
up with your College all Graduates should arrive at 9:30 am. Processional begins promptly at 10:45 am. If you arrive late you will not be able
to sit with your College and may not be permitted to enter the floor.
It is critical that Graduates bring their line-up card with them on Commencement Day.
This card denotes placement in the processional line-up. Please place your email address on the back of the card before your arrive so that
the photographer will be able to send you your Commencement photo proof.
We have made every accommodation to ensure that our graduates receive a sufficient
number of Commencement tickets. Each graduate is being provided 7 tickets.
All guests, including children, must have a ticket.
- Admission to the arena is by ticket only
- Lost tickets will not be replaced
- No additional tickets are being distributed
- There will be no tickets available on Commencement Day.
Please indicate your disability-related needs by stopping by the Abilities Office
table at the 2013 Commencement Countdown. In addition, you may contact the Abilities
Office of Disabled Student Services at (773) 995-4401, or visit the office located
in the Cordell Reed Student Union, Room 190, prior to Commencement day.
Your name and degree in the graduation program book is a direct reflection of the
University records. It is highly encouraged that you review your personal data with
your Advisor during the review of your graduation status. We cannot alter your name
or degree to reflect anything other than what is in our database.
Graduates should arrive by 9:30am. Graduate Check-in will be located in the lobby
of the Convocation Center. After checking-in all graduates should proceed to the lower
level of the arena. All guests should turn in ticket to the doors of the arena and
will be directed to the upper floors.
- Balloons are strictly prohibited inside the Convocation Center.
- Admission to the Commencement ceremony is by ticket only.
- Lost tickets will not be replaced.
- No extra tickets are available beyond the (7) seven being given to each graduate.
- There will be no tickets available on Commencement Day.
- Campus parking is free on Commencement Day.
The conferring of an academic degree is a tradition that dates back to the 12th century
and is regarded as an important rite of passage for students and families. While Commencement
is a time for celebration, please remember this long and respected tradition, and
approach the ceremony with the proper decorum and respect for you, fellow graduates
and all guests.
You must bring your Commencement regalia and line-up card with you on Commencement
Day. If you do not have your cap or gown you will be required to purchase a new one
in order to participate in the ceremony. If you do not have the line-up card that
was provided to you at Commencement Countdown please immediately notify your Faculty
Chicago State University is proud of our graduates and the traditions that represent
the academic success of our students. We want all of our students to reflect the accomplishments
of their academic efforts as they graduate from our historic institution. For this
reason we ask that all Graduates only wear University sanctioned regalia bestowed
by your college for academic accomplishments during the Commencement Ceremony. This
includes honors cords and medallions from your College.
Please consider your attire and that you will have on an additional layer with the
gown. Also note there will be changes in floor level. Please note the attire recommendations
listed below. Some items are included to ensure your safety:
- Dark dress skirt or pants, breathable fabric
- Dark shoes low heel or flat
- No high collars or bows at the neck
- No sandals, No high heels
- No white athletic shoes
- No corsages or jewelry on the robe
- Graduates should not carry large bags/ purses
- Dark trousers, white shirts, tie is optional, breathable fabric
- Dark Shoes and socks
- No white athletic shoes, No sandals
- No boutonnieres or jewelry on robe
All Graduates are expected to arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. It is critical that you arrive to the ceremony on time so that you are able to line
up and enter the ceremony with your College. Graduates that arrive after the processional
has begun will be added to the end of the Processional line, and will not be able
to sit with their College. This will result in their name being called outside of
the order of the program book.
All graduates are expected to attend the entire ceremony and to participate in both
the processional and recessional. All graduates shall remain seated for the entire
ceremony. Our Commencement Marshals will strictly enforce this expectation.
Graduates are not to display inappropriate or exaggerated behavior. Commencement is
both a joyful occasion and a solemn event. Graduates are requested to advise their
family and friends to express their excitement in ways that will not prevent others
from hearing the speaker and enjoying the ceremony.
Graduates are not to stop to take photos (unless directed by the University Photographer)
during the Commencement Ceremony. This causes disruption to the flow of the ceremony
and is disrespectful to your fellow graduates marching behind you.
Families are restricted from the Commencement floor. We will not allow access to the
Commencement floor by anyone other than participants in the ceremony. Guests are not
to block stairs or exit ways or congregate towards the back of the Commencement floor.
This is a safety hazard as well as a disruption to the ceremony and will be strictly
All cellular phones should be turned to silent mode to ensure that all guests can
hear and enjoy the Commencement Ceremony. Graduates are asked not to use their cell
phone once they have marched into the arena.
Wearing your cap, tassel and gown is a long standing tradition. Traditionally, the
moving of the tassel at graduation is called, "turning the tassel" or "the turning
of the tassel ceremony." It symbolizes one's transition from candidate to graduate.
Standard protocol in the US dictates that the tassel be worn on the right side of
one's mortarboard at Commencement and then, during the ceremony the tassel is moved
or turned to the left side. Teachers and administrators at Commencement place their
tassels on the left.
Faculty Marshals and Graduates are to line up in the order of the Processional with
their College. Your Faculty Marshals are identified by the flag of your College and
their gold stoles. Once in their respective College’s staging area, graduates are
to line up based on their line-up number on the line-up card. The line-up number is
assigned and given to the graduate during Commencement Countdown when they receive
their cap and gown. The Faculty Marshals will lead the graduates of their respective
College into the ceremony as directed by the Grand Marshal.
Commencement begins with the academic procession. The audience is asked to rise and
to remain standing as the procession enters the arena until the platform party has
taken its place, the time for reflection has been allowed, and the hymns have been
Male graduates should remove mortar boards during posting of colors and National Anthem.
Attendees will be directed to sit at the conclusion of the singing of the hymns.
After the singing of the CSU Alma Mater and the closing words, the audience will be
asked to take their seats and to remain seated for the retrieval of colors and the
recessional of the platform party, faculty, and graduates. Commencement closes with
the recessional. All graduates are expected to participate in both the processional
and the recessional. Graduates may not leave the Commencement floor prior to the end
of the ceremony.
Special Note: Every attempt is made to keep the ceremony to a reasonable length. However, we recommend
any plans for post-ceremony celebrations are made to begin after 3 p.m. to allow for
For complete information regarding the Commencement Ceremony please refer to the complete