Spring Commencement has been postponed due to COVID-19.

View full details on the Commencement landing page

General Information

Attending the Ceremony, Rehearsal, Worship and Alumni Events

Important information for graduates, family and friends. All degree candidates participating the ceremonies are required to attend a commencement rehearsal the evening before graduation. In addition, several other special graduate events are held on Friday and Saturday.

**All Spring 2020 Commencement-Related Events Have Been Cancelled Except the Service of Praise**

  • First Generation/Student of Color Congratulatory Ceremony: 1-3 p.m.
    Kretzmann Hall 225
    A private ceremony for first generation and/or student of color from the Class of 2020. This event is only for undergraduate, graduate and ADP students and is not open to the public or additional guests.

  • Undergraduate Student Rehearsal: 4:30 p.m.
    Geiseman Memorial Gymnasium - North

  • Undergraduate Alumni Graduation Celebration: 5 to 7 p.m.
    Koehneke Community Center - Oak Park/River Forest Room

    Join classmates for a special gathering in your honor as CUC's newest graduates.

  • Graduate Student Rehearsal: 6:45 p.m.
    Geiseman Memorial Gymnasium - North

  • The Service of Praise and Consecration, Baccalaureate Service: 7:30 p.m.
    Chapel of Our Lord

    Special worship service giving thanks for the vocation of ALL graduates and in recognition of professional church work candidates.
    Watch an online video stream of the service.

  • Graduate Alumni Graduation Celebration: 7:30 to 9 p.m.
    Koehneke Community Center - Oak Park/River Forest Room
    Join classmates for a special gathering in your honor as CUC's newest graduates.

Blank diploma covers will be distributed to participants during the commencement ceremony.

Please note that participation in Commencement does not guarantee receipt of your degree. At the close of your final semester, and in the weeks following commencement, the Registrar conducts an audit on all coursework completed to determine if all degree requirements have been met. Degrees and diplomas are then issued upon the successful completion of this audit.

Diplomas will be mailed after the commencement ceremony, once the final course audits have been completed by the Registrar. All payments to your student account must be paid in full prior to receiving your diploma. Please note that CUC uses a third-party vendor to fulfill diploma production.

Grad Images provides official photography for the Commencement Ceremony. Professional photographers take a photograph of each graduate receiving their diploma and as they exit the stage. 

Grad Images will contact each graduate after commencement at their CUChicago email address and by mail to their home address. Each graduate will be assigned a PIN to access their individual proofs and candid shots from the event via the Grad Images website. There is no obligation to purchase products.

If you participate in a ceremony and are not contacted by Grad Images after graduation, please contact their customer service department at 800-247-3435.

Jostens, our vendor for commencement regalia, has joined with CUC's Barnes & Noble Bookstore to offer many personalized, commencement-related products.

Visit www.jostens.com, select the “College Products and Info” link and search “Concordia University Chicago” to find options for custom diploma frames and personalized graduation announcements that feature your name, graduation date, time and location.

Select items are also on display and for sale at the campus Barnes & Noble Bookstore, located in the lower level of the Koehneke Community Center.

Area Accommodations

Carleton of Oak Park Hotel*
1110 Pleasant Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Comfort Suites Schiller Park - O'Hare*
4200 N. River Road
Schiller Park, IL 60176

Harvey House B&B
107 S. Scoville Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302

The Write Inn*
211 N. Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302

* Mention Concordia University Chicago for a discount rate

Comfort Inn O'Hare
2175 E. Touhy Avenue
Des Plaines, IL 60308

Courtyard by Marriott
370 N. Illinois Route 83
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Doubletree Hotel Chicago O'Hare - Rosemont
5460 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Four Points Sheraton
10249 W. Irving Park Road
Schiller Park, IL 60176

Hampton Inn - Westchester
2222 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, IL 60154

Holiday Inn Chicago - Oak Brook
17 W 350 22nd Street
Oak Brook Terrace, IL 60181

Holiday Inn Express*
200 South Mannheim Road
Hillside, IL 60162 

Hyatt Regency O'Hare
9300 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue 
Rosemont, IL 60018 

Spring Hill Suites by Marriott*
410 West Lake Street
Elmhurst, IL 60126

The Westin O'Hare
6100 River Road 
Rosemont, IL 60018 

*Mention Concordia University Chicago for a discount rate