Chicago State University

Commencement Countdown

Attention CSU Graduates! Congratulations on your Commencement. Please take 5 minutes or less to complete the exit survey (Survey).

Congratulations, soon-to-be graduates!  As you count down the days to commencement, please take time to make sure you have taken care of your graduation business so you can relax and focus on completing your courses successfully and preparing for your upcoming commencement.

You are required to attend Commencement Countdown on one of the dates being offered if you plan to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. During Commencement Countdown you are able to close out your CSU financial accounts, pick up your ceremony tickets and the cap and gown that you purchased online. This is also your opportunity to sit for your official graduation photo, order class ring and announcements.

If you did not order your regalia online you will need to purchase regalia from the CSU Bookstore. The bookstore regalia cost is higher so we strongly recommend that you take advantage of the online ordering option as long as it is available.

Countdown will be held in the Cordell Reed Student Union Building:

  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019                10 am - 5 pm
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019                    Noon - 7 pm
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019                    10 am - 2 pm

The Spring 2019 Commencement Countdown event provides graduating students with all materials and information required to participate in the commencement ceremony

You must attend Commencement Countdown and pay the participation fee in order to pick up pre-ordered caps and gowns, and obtain your graduation ceremony packet, tickets and other important materials.

Each graduate that pays the $35.00 participation fee will be allotted 5 tickets for the ceremony.  The University cashiers will be on-site during Countdown to assist you.  

During Commencement Countdown, you will be able to:

  • Receive your commencement information packet including ceremony tickets and pertinent information
  • Pick up your cap and gown
  • Close your University financial account
  • Receive your complimentary alumni membership
  • Order personalized announcements, class rings, degree frames, etc.
  • Sit for graduation portraits
  • Shop for CSU memorabilia from Follett's Bookstore
  • Place an advance order for DVD or video of commencement ceremony
  • Express your disability-related needs for commencement day
  • Enter a raffle to win exciting prizes, including class rings, degree frames, personalized commencement announcements, cap and gown portraits and much, much more!