2019 Commencement FAQs

Here you'll find answers to common questions related to commencement. For more information please contact 312.369.7459 or commencement@colum.edu.

HOW DO I PREPARE TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMENCEMENT?

Students that submit a graduation application for either Fall 2018, Spring 2019 or Summer 2019 and indicated that they would attend commencement will be allowed to participate in the 2019 commencement and will be on all email lists related to commencement activities. 

If you already submitted a graduation application and want to review or update it, you can log into Oasis and click on the graduation application link for your program on the Students tab under Online Forms. If you need assistance, you can contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@colum.edu or 312-369-7769.

IS THERE A FEE FOR GRADUATION?

Yes, the non-refundable Graduation fee covers the cost of degree audit processing, your cap and gown, diploma cover, diploma, and the Commencement Ceremony; whether you attend or not. The fee is applied to your account.

HOW DO I MAKE CHANGES TO MY GRADUATION APPLICATION?

Update your graduation application on the Students tab of OASIS.

HOW DO I MAKE SURE MY NAME APPEARS IN THE PRINTED COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY PROGRAM?

Your graduation application must state your date of graduation as being either Fall 2018, Spring 2019, or Summer 2019. Please note, we cannot guarantee your name will appear in the program if we receive your graduation application after April 19, 2019.

WHAT INFORMATION DO GRADUATE MASTER’S DEGREE STUDENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COMMENCEMENT?

For more information on Graduate Commencement please visit Graduate Student Support at students.colum.edu/graduate.

HOW DO I GET FITTED FOR MY CAP AND GOWN?

By listing your height and weight on your graduation application, you ordered your cap and gown. Graduation caps are one size fits all.

WHEN IS CAP AND GOWN DISTRIBUTION?

Cap and gown distribution will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 7th and 8th, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at The Court (731 S. Plymouth Court). Also, don't forget to fill out your Alumni card at alumni.colum.edu.

IS COMMENCEMENT A TICKETED EVENT?

Yes. Each graduate will receive six (6) guest tickets during the ticket distribution period. Every attending guest, regardless of age, will need a ticket. There are no extra tickets available. As a graduate, you do not need a ticket for yourself.

HOW DO I RESERVE MY COMMENCEMENT TICKETS?

Our Commencement ticket portal will open early March via a link found here on our commencement website. You will be able to reserve up to 6 guest tickets and pick them up in April during Ticket Distribution. Be sure to reserve your tickets before trying to pick them up!

WHEN CAN I PICK UP MY TICKETS?

Ticket Distribution will take place on April 15th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and April 16th from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. The location for both days is 1104 S. Wabash, Conaway Center, 1st floor.

IF I CANNOT MAKE THOSE PICK-UP DATES/TIMES, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

You may send a representative to pick up your tickets at Ticket Distribution. Please refer to the Proxy Pick-Up Form on our website and have your representative bring the form to Ticket Distribution.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME TO PICK UP MY COMMENCEMENT TICKETS?

You will need to bring your student I.D. and sign for your tickets in order to claim them. Tickets cannot be mailed, and there is no will call.

WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE FOR MY CEREMONY?

Graduates should arrive at the Auditorium Theatre (Roosevelt University entrance) at 430 S. Michigan Avenue no later than one hour before their ceremony and follow the signs to the processional staging area on the 2nd floor. Once there, you will be assembled by major in preparation for the procession. Guests can enter the theatre at 50 E. Congress, up to 45 minutes before the ceremony, where they can enjoy a concert featuring Columbia’s student music ensembles.

HOW LONG IS EACH CEREMONY?

Each ceremony will last approximately two hours.

HOW CAN I ARRANGE FOR SPECIAL ASSISTANCE FOR MYSELF OR ONE OF MY GUESTS?

If you require assistance during the Commencement ceremony, we are happy to accommodate you. Please contact (312) 369-7459 or email commencement@colum.edu.

HOW CAN I GET MY GRADUATION PHOTOS, ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OTHER MEMORABILIA?

There will be opportunities for you to sit for formal portraits or head shots at the Grad Expo(s) and Cap and Gown Distribution with Gradimages, our Commencement photographers. GradImages will also be at the Auditorium Theatre taking your photo as you cross the stage. After the ceremony, you may visit their website www.gradimages.com and purchase your photo package. You may also order personalized printed announcements, class rings, or other items through Herff Jones - www.herffjones.com. Links for the above can also be found by visiting colum.edu/commencement in the Memorabilia section.

DO I GET MY DIPLOMA AT THE CEREMONY?

You will only receive your diploma cover when you cross the stage at Commencement. Your diploma will be mailed separately. Only students who attend Commencement will receive a diploma cover. A limited supply of diploma covers will be available in the Office of the Registrar following Commencement on a first come, first served basis. If you did not attend the ceremony, and you would like to pick up a cover, please visit the Office of the Registrar at 600 S. Michigan, room 611 during regular business hours following the Commencement ceremony.

HOW DO I GET MY DIPLOMA?

Diplomas for undergraduates will be mailed to the address you provided approximately 2 weeks after the posting of your degree. If you did not provide a specific mailing address, your diploma will be mailed to your permanent address on file.

The Office of the Registrar will send an email to your Loop account when your diploma has been shipped. Feel free to call us at (312) 369-7769 with any questions.

All outstanding charges must be paid and you must complete your exit counseling before your diploma will be mailed. Please check your Oasis account to see if you have any financial restrictions. If so, please call (866) 705-0200 to settle your account.

DOES COLUMBIA RECOMMEND ANY SPECIFIC HOTELS?

Listed below are several hotels in the downtown area. We recommend you make your reservations as soon as possible. Traditional Columbia discounted rates may not apply; however, feel free to ask when you make your reservations, in case circumstances allow for discounts.

HOTEL BLAKE - Columbia Rate

500 S. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605

Reservations: (312) 986-1234

 

CLUB QUARTERS - Columbia Rate

111 West Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60603

 

BLACKSTONE HOTEL

636 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Reservations: (312) 447-0955 http://cwp.marriott.com/chiab/columbia

 

BEST WESTERN GRANT PARK - Columbia Rate

1100 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Reservations: (312) 922-2900

https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-d etails.14120.html?corpId=01662960

 

HAMPTON INN AND SUITES CHICAGO DOWNTOWN
33 Illinois St.
Chicago, IL 60654

(800) 429-1152

 

PALMER HOUSE HILTON

17 East Monroe
Chicago, IL 60605

Reservations: (877) 865-5321

 

RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT

201 E. Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60605

Reservations: (312) 943-9800

 

HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON

40 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Reservations: (312) 644-2222

 

HOTEL SAX CHICAGO

333 N. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60610

Reservations: (312) 245-0333

 

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS

640 N Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL 60611

Reservations: (888) HOLIDAY

 

INTERCONTINENTAL CHICAGO

505 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Reservations: (312) 944-4100

 

HOLIDAY INN & SUITES

506 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL 60607

Reservations: (312) 957-9100

IF I AM NO LONGER ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Students indicate whether or not they will participate in the Commencement ceremony when they apply for graduation. If you choose not to participate, there is no formal procedure to withdraw, simply do not attend.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN MANIFEST?

Visit the Manifest website; colum.edu/manifest in the spring semester for information on how to participate.

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