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2018 Commencement Ceremony

Friday July 6, 2018

Auditorium Theatre

50 E Congress Parkway

​Chicago, IL 60605

 Participant Information

Participant Information


Event Schedule (Tentative)

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 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.

Vanessa Hicks for Website.jpg​Costs

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)

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 6 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.

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


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 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 they may block others' views, create a mess, or detract from others' enjoyment of the ceremony.​​

Getting to the Venue

​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.


​Hotel information coming soon!

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

Ques​tions? Contact​​