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2018 Commencement Ceremony

Friday July 6, 2018

Auditorium Theatre

50 E Congress Parkway

​Chicago, IL 60605

​2:00pm


 


 

 Participant Information

Participant Information

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Event Schedule (Tentative)

11:30am - 1:30pm: Student Check-In & Seated Portraits
12:00pm - 1:45pm: Accommodated Seating
1:00 - 1:45pm: General Seating​
1:00 - 1:45pm: Student & Faculty Line-Up
2:00 - 4:30pm: Commencement Ceremony
4:30 - 5:30pm: Departmental Gatherings​​


 

Required steps to participate

  • Intent to Participate Form ​(deadline to submit is Tuesday, May 15)
  • Petition for Degree Conferral (completed in​ your final semester)
  • Order regalia (please see below)​

Regalia Ordering

Regalia will be available for ordering via Herff Jones and will be available in early-to-mid-February.

The deadline to place regalia orders online is Wednesday, June 6th. Any orders placed after this date are subject to additional processing and shipping fees. 

All regalia will be billed and shipped directly to you from Herff Jones.  

Please note:  All regalia sales are final.  If you petitioned to walk short of degree requirements, we encourage you to wait for departmental approval prior to ordering.

 

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Bachelor's degrees: $24.55 plus shipping

The bachelor's set includes the cap, gown, and tassel (white)

Master's degrees: $52.40 plus shipping

 
The master's set includes the cap, gown, tassel (black), and hood (white - MA, gold - MS)

Education Specialist degrees: $57.20 plus shipping

 
The education specialist set includes the cap, gown, tassel (light blue), and hood (light blue)

 
Doctoral degrees: $75.65 plus shipping

 
The doctoral set includes the tam (cap), gown, tassel (gold), and hood (dark blue - PhD/PsyD, light blue - EdD)

 

Optional items, including class rings, graduation announcements, and diploma frames, are available for purchase through Herff Jones at an additional cost. 

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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. ​

Please note that you will need to both petition to have your degree conferred and petition to participate in the commencement ceremony. ​

​​​Ques​tions? Contact commencement@thechicagoschool.edu

 

 Guest Information

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Guest Tickets

Graduates attending the Chicago ceremony are able to request up to 6 tickets for friends and family through the Intent to Participate Form. Please note that, per our venue's policies, all guests will require a ticket, including small children.

A waiting list will be available for extra guest tickets. Please contact commencement@thechicagoschool.edu to request extra tickets. Graduates will be notified by May 21 of the status of their extra ticket request.

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 accommodations@thechicagoschool.edu.​

At the Ceremony

Guest seating will open at 1:00pm and seating is general admission. All guests are required to show the ushers their ticket as they enter the theater. Guests who do not have a ticket will not be able to enter until all ticketed guests are seated.

Graduates will process across the stage in the order listed in the program. Photographs are welcome, but please take care not to block the aisle or exits. A professional photographer from GradImages will be available to take seated graduate portraits before the ceremony, as well as a photo as the graduate exits the stage.

The ceremony will last approximately 2.5 hours and graduates and families can gather with the graduate's academic department after the ceremony. This can make for a long day! Plan to be at the theater from 1​:00-4:30 p.m.

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

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​The Auditorium Theatre is located in the Chicago Loop, just off Michigan Avenue. The theater is very accessible via public transportation and is a short train ride from campus. For detailed directions and parking information, visit the Auditorium Theatre website.

Lodging​​

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Best Western Grant Park Hotel

1100 S Michigan Ave.

Chicago, IL 60605

A courtesy block has been set up for guests and families of the graduates from Friday, July 5th - Sunday, July 8th

The nightly rate is $145.00 for a Single King or Two Doubles (tax, parking, & breakfast is not included in the rate)

The last day to book is Tuesday, June 5, 2017!​​

To book, please call (312) 922-2900 and specify you are with The Chicago School or ​​​visit https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.14120.html?groupId=W67DP4C4

Hampton Inn & Suites

33 W Illinois St.

Chicago, IL 60654

A courtesy block has been set up for guests and families of the graduates from Friday, July 5th - Sunday, July 8th

The nightly rate is $189.00 for a Single King or Two Doubles (includes complimentary hot breakfast & WiFi)​

The last day to book is Monday, ​May 21, 2017!​​

To book, please call (312) 832-0330​​​ and mention the group name "The Chicago School"​


Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North

​350 W Mart Center Dr.

Chicago, IL 60654

A courtesy block has been set up for guests and families of the graduates from Friday, July 5th - Sunday, July 8th​​

The nightly rate is $159.00 for a Single King or Two Doubles (tax, parking & breakfast is not included in the rate)

The last day to book is Tuesday, June 5, 2017!

To book, please visit http://bit.ly/Professional_Psychology​

 

Palmer House Hilton

17 E Monroe St.

Chicago, IL 60603

A courtesy block has been set up for guests and families of the graduates from Friday, July 5th - Sunday, July 8th​​

The nightly rate is $159.00 for a Single, Double, Triple, or Quad room 

The last day to book is Tuesday, June 5, 2017!

To book, please call (877) 865-5321​​ and mention the group name "Chicago School block" or reserve online at https://book.passkey.com/e/49638994​

Ques​tions? Contact commencement@thechicagoschool.edu​​