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2017 Commencement Ceremony

Thursday October 12, 2017

11:00am

Terrace Theater​​

​300 E. Ocean Blvd.
​Long Beach, CA ​90802


 Participant Information

Participant Information

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​​​​​Ceremony participants must check in the​ S7 Room beneath the Terrace Theater 
starting at 9:00 am. ​The lobby will open for guests at 9:00am and theater seating will open at 10:00am prompt​ly.

Event Schedule

9:00am                        Participant check-in opens (S7 Room, Terrace Theater​)

10:00am                      Terrace Theater opens for general seating (balloons and noisemakers prohibited)

10:20am                      Participant lineup (S7 Room, Terrace Theater)

11:00am – 1:00pm     Commencement ceremony

Required steps to participate

  • Intent to Participate Form ​(deadline to submit is Tuesday, August 1)
  • Petition for Degree Conferral (completed in​ your final semester)
  • Order regalia (please see below)

Regalia ​

Regalia for the 2017 ceremony is now available for ordering via Herff Jones, the official vendor for TCSPP. All regalia will be billed and shipped directly to you from Herff Jones.​ The deadline to place regalia orders online is Sunday, September 10th.  Any orders placed after this date are subject to additional processing and shipping fees. 

Please note: All regalia purchases are final sale.  If you petitioned to walk short degree requirements, we encourage you to wait for approval to participate prior to ordering.​


Regalia Pricing

Bachelor's Regalia: $24.50 plus shipping and applicable taxes 
  • The bachelor's set includes the cap, gown, and tassel (white).
Master's Regalia: $52.40 plus shipping and applicable taxes
  • The master's set includes the cap, gown, tassel (black), and hood (white).​
Doctoral Regalia: $75.65 plus shipping​ and applicable taxes
  • The doctoral set includes the tam (cap), gown, tassel (gold), and hood (dark blue)
Optional items, including class rings, graduation announcements, and diploma frames, are available through Herff Jones at an additional cost.

​Degree Completion and Conferral

Visit the Degree Completion and Conferral page to petition for degree conferral. All candidates must petition for degree conferral in their final term or semester at TCSPP. ​​​

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Am I eligible to participate in the 2017 Commencement ceremony?

You are eligible to participate in Commencement if:

You completed a degree program in Spring 2017 or ​Summer 2017 and have not walked in a previous Chicago School commencement ceremony. 

You have filed the online Intent to Participate in Commencement Form.

OR

You anticipate graduating in Fall 2017 and indicate on the Intent to Participate in Commencement form which requirements you have remaining with an estimated completion date. Your academic department will determine your eligibility to participate in the ceremony and notify you by mid-August.

Question:  What Commencement deadlines do I have to meet?

The deadline to submit the Intent to Participate in Commencement form is Tuesday, August 1st. 

Order regalia by Sunday, September 10th.​

Question:  Are tickets required for the ceremony?

No, seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Question:  Will I receive academic honors at graduation or on my diploma and transcript?

If you are eligible for honors, it will be noted on your official transcript.

Question: May I walk for more than one degree?

If you are completing two degree programs in one academic year, you may only be recognized during commencement in one-degree program, but your name will be listed in the commencement bulletin for both degrees assuming you have filed all required paperwork. You may walk only one time per degree earned, so, if you have participated in a commencement ceremony already, you may not do so again.

Question: What should I expect on the day of the ceremony?     

Ceremony participants must check-in in the S7 Room beneath the Terrace Theater starting at 9:00am.  Line up for the ceremony will occur promptly at 10:20am, and the ceremony will begin promptly at 11am. The ceremony will last for approximately for 2 hours.

Self-pay parking is available in lots public parking lots around the venue. Please budget time for locating parking and traveling to the venue.   The lobby doors will open at 9:30am and seating for the theater will open at 10:00am, and all guests must wait in the lobby until the theater doors open. Please leave all personal belongings with your guests.

Suggested Tips​

Leave early – Southern California is infamous for traffic. Map out your route in advance, and add 30 minutes or more to allow for rush hour traffic.

Pick a meeting place – It's hard to find your family and friends among a sea of people. Familiarize yourself with the area around the Terrace Theater and pick a place to meet your guests once the ceremony is over.

Be patient and flexible – Commencement will last approximately 2 hours. If you are planning celebrations/lunch reservations after the event, be aware the ceremony could end earlier or later than the scheduled time.​

 Guest Information

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Date & Location

Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. 

Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA​ 90802

Guest seating will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.​

Guest Tickets

The Southern California ceremony is a non-ticketed event. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Accessibility​​

Participants should indicate their need for accessibility accommodations such as wheelchair seating or sign-language interpretation on the Intent to Participate form or via email at commencement@thechicagoschool.edu. ​

At the Ceremony​

Guest seating will open at 10:00am, and seating is first come, first serve. 

Graduates will process across the stage in the order listed in the program. Photographs are welcome, but please take care not to block the aisles and exits or crowd the stage. A professional photographer from GradImages will be taking  a photo of each participant as they move across the stage as well as  exit the stage.

Noisemakers, balloons, silly string, or similar items are prohibited as theymay block others' views, create a mess, or detract from others' enjoyment of the ceremony.​

Event Schedule​

9:00​am                       Lobby doors open for guests

10:00am                     Terrace Theater opens for general seating (balloons and noisemakers prohibited)

11:00am – 1:00pm    Commencement Ceremony​

Getting to the venue

Metro Long Beach Blue Line

From the Blue Line exit to 1st Street and the Terrace is a 7-minute walk from this stop.

Directions

From Los Angeles International Airport:

Take the San Diego Freeway (405) south to the Long Beach Freeway (710). Go south on the Long Beach Freeway to the Downtown Exits. (710 then becomes Shoreline Drive). Follow Shoreline Drive to Linden Avenue and into the parking lot, or as advised by directional signage.
 

From Long Beach Airport:

Take Lakewood Boulevard south to the San Diego Freeway (405). Take the San Diego Freeway (405) north to the Long Beach Freeway (710). Go south on the Long Beach Freeway to the Downtown Exits. (710 then becomes Shoreline Drive). Follow Shoreline Drive to Linden Avenue and into the parking lot, or as advised by directional signage.
 

From John Wayne (Orange County) Airport:

Take the San Diego Freeway (405) north to the Long Beach Freeway (710). Go south on the Long Beach Freeway to the Downtown Exits. (710 then becomes Shoreline Drive). Follow Shoreline Drive to Linden Avenue and into the parking lot or as advised by directional signage.
 

From Southern Orange County:

Take the Santa Ana Freeway (5) north to the San Diego Freeway (405). Take the San Diego Freeway (405) north to the Long Beach Freeway (710). Go south on the Long Beach Freeway to the Downtown Exits. (710 then becomes Shoreline Drive). Follow Shoreline Drive to Linden Avenue and into the parking lot or as advised by directional signage.

From North Orange County and The Valleys:

San Gabriel & Pomona Valleys take the Orange Freeway (57) or San Gabriel Freeway (605) to the Riverside Freeway (91) to the Long Beach Freeway (710). Go south on the Long Beach Freeway to the Downtown Exits. (710 then becomes Shoreline Drive). Follow Shoreline Drive to Linden Avenue and into the parking lot or as advised by directional signage.

Lodging

The following hotels are within walking distance of the Terrace Theater.

Suggested Tips

Leave early – Southern California is infamous for traffic. Map out your route in advance, and add 30 minutes or more to allow for rush hour traffic.

Pick a meeting place – It's hard to find your family and friends among a sea of people. Familiarize yourself with the area around the Terrace Theater​ and pick a place to meet your guests once the ceremony is over.

Be patient and flexible – Commencement will last approximately 2 hours. If you are planning celebrations/lunch reservations after the event, be aware the ceremony could end earlier or later than the scheduled time.

Ques​tions? Contact commencement@thechicagoschool.edu