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2017 Commencement Ceremony

Friday July 7, 2017


Arie Crown Theater​

​2301 S. Lakeshore Drive​
​Chicago, IL 60616​​

 Participant Information

Participant Information


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11:00am - 12:30pm: Student Check-In & Seated Portraits
11:00am - 12:45pm: Accommodated Seating
12:00 - 12:45pm: General Seating​
12:30 - 1:00pm: Student & Faculty Line-Up
1:00-3:30pm: Commencement Ceremony
3:30-4:30pm: Departmental Gatherings​​

Required steps to participate

  • Intent to Participate Form ​(deadline to submit is Wednesday, May 17th
  • 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 Tuesday, 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: $24.50 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)

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. 


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


 Guest Information


Guest Tickets

Graduates attending the Chicago ceremony are able to request up to 7 tickets for friends and family through the Intent to Participate Form. Please note that any guest requiring a seat will need a ticket, but small children who won't need their own seat ("babes in arms") will not. 

Extra tickets are available for graduates who need them. Please contact to request extra tickets.


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​

At the Ceremony

Guest seating will open at noon 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 venue will have vending machines available for some snacks and beverages, but please plan on eating before you arrive. 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 12:00-4:30 p.m.

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.​​

Getting to the Venue

​The Arie Crown Theater is located at McCormick Place ​in the South Loop of Chicago. Please note that parking at the Arie Crown is in a paid lot. McCormick Place is also accessible via public transit and taxi. Location and parking information is available on the Arie Crow​n website​.


Parking is $23. Park in Lot C​ (east of Lake Shore Drive) for direct access to the theater.​


​Hyatt Regency - McCormick Place 

2233 S Martin L King Drive 

Chicago, IL 60616​​

Rooms available from Wednesday, July 5th through Sunday, July 9th (Limited rooms on Wednesday & Saturday night):

  • ​Single Occupancy: $179.00/night
  • Double Occupancy: $179.00/night
  • Triple Occupancy: $199.00/night
  • Quadruple Occupancy: $219.00/night
Making Reser​​vations:

You can now make reservations for ​the Hyatt Regency using the following website:

Book by June 8, 2​017 for the discounted rate!

The Palmer House Hilton

17 E. Monroe

Chicago, IL 60603

Rooms available from Wednesday, July 5th through Sunday, July 9th (Limited rooms on Wednesday & Saturday night):

  • 1 King Bed (Single & Double Rate): $159.00/night
  • 2 Double Beds (Single & Double Rate): $179.00/night
    • ​​​Additional $25.00 per person per night for triple and quadruple occupancy

Making Reser​​vations:

You can now make reservations for ​T​he Palmer House using the following website:

​Book by June 6, 2017 for the discounted rate!

Best Western ​- Grant Park

1100 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago, IL 60605

Rooms available from Wednesday, July 5th through Saturday, July 8th, check out by Sunday, July 9th (Limited rooms on Wednesday & Saturday night):

  • ​Single King Rooms: $155.00/night
  • Double Rooms: $155.00/night

To book: call the hotel directly at (800) 472-6875 or (312) 922-2900 and reference the group name "The Chicago School" or use the following website:

​​Book prior to July 5, 2017 for the discounted rate! has set up a page with specially negotiated group rates for The Chicago School. These rates can fluctuate and sell out at any time, please note it is better to book sooner rather than later.

Because Commencement falls at a high-demand time for hot​​els, a limited number of rooms are available. Graduates and guests are encouraged to explore other lodging options near downtown Chicago, River North, or the South Loop.

Ques​tions? Contact​​