Virtual Commencement Day

Congratulations to the Spring 2021 graduates!

You have so much to proud of and Chicago State University would like to celebrate this milestone with you during a Virtual Commencement Ceremony to be held on Thursday, May 13th, 2021.

Virtual Commencement Participation

The Commencement will consist of all students who completed their degrees during the Spring 2021 semester. Register here to participate, there is no fee to participate in the Virtual Commencement.

Graduation Application

The deadline to submit your graduation application has been extended until March 26, 2021.

You may also drop off your application in the Cook Administration Building room 129. 

Graduation Application Fee

After submitting your application, the Cashier’s Office applies a $50 graduation application fee to your student account, unless you have already paid. The fee can be paid in-person at the Cook Administration Building 2nd Floor, or over the phone at (773)995-2029. Outstanding balances owed to CSU must be paid in full before your diploma and official transcripts can be released. 


Graduating students wishing to participate in the photo shoot can click here to purchase their Commencement regalia. The cap, gown and tassel will be shipped to your home. 

The cost is as follows:
Undergraduate $35.50
Graduate $45.95
Shipping  $12.95

 Doctoral regalia should be ordered through your academic advisor.

Photo Shoot

These photos will be used for the Virtual the ceremony and  can also be purchased. Graduating participants will be invited on campus to take graduation photos. Face masks must be worn to the photo shoot, btu removed for the photo.  Social distancing will be practiced.  CSU requests all graduates to wear their regalia to the photo shoot, so the ceremony has a cohesive look. 

After you register to participate in the ceremony, please click on the Photo Shoot Scheduler to schedule your photo. The Photoshoot is scheduled for March 18th and 19th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. If an additional date is needed, we will add March 30th 

Congratulatory Package

You will receive a graduate congratulations package from CSU at the Photo Shoot. Honor cords will also be given to those that graduate

FAQs for Virtual Commencement Ceremony

A: Chicago State University will offer a Virtual Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 13th, 2021 for all Spring graduates.

A: Graduating students will have an opportunity to pick up their graduation packet during their photo shoot. If you are unable to attend the photo shoot, your packet will be mailed to you. Please check CSU Xpress to ensure the University has your correct mailing address. If not, please complete this Change of Address form.  
A: You cannot submit a photo for the slide show.  Photos from the photo shoot scheduled for November 9th and 10th, 2020 will be used for the Virtual Commencement.
A: Honor cords will be a part of your Commencement packet if your overall GPA qualifies.
A: If you have met all course requirements, your degree will be conferred.  The virtual commencement will not delay the date of your awarded degree. The Office of Evaluations will contact you.