Graduate Student Information

Important Dates and Deadlines

Graduate students are individually responsible for meeting all deadlines and requirements prior to participating in a commencement ceremony.

**All Fall 2020 Commencement-Related Events Will be Held Virtually on Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12**


Thursday, October 1

Intent to Graduate Deadline
To be considered a candidate for program completion, all students, whether participating in a commencement ceremony or not, are required to complete an Intent to Graduate form. An intent prompts a degree audit which, after successful completion of an academic program, will allow the awarding of the degree and verify program completion. Without an intent on file, an academic record will not be audited for completion. Visit the Academics tab of the CUConnect portal to download the form.

Thursday, October 8

Doctoral and Master's Academic Regalia Order Deadline 
You are welcome to order academic regalia as a keepsake and/or to participate in a future in-person ceremony. Your apparel package will be delivered to the address you provide on your online order. If you order apparel after the deadline, availability is not guaranteed and a late fee will be assessed, as well as piece pricing with no package discount. Contact your advisor if you have questions.

View tab below for full details about ordering your regalia.

Friday, November 20

Photo Submissions for Virtual Ceremony Due
Submit an electronic photo (JPG file preferred) that will be shown as your name is read during our virtual ceremony. You are encouraged to submit a photo wearing your regalia (cap and gown), but you are welcome to submit a photo of you without regalia, if you so choose.
Submit Your Graduation Photo

Videos for Virtual Doctoral Hooding Ceremony Due
This December's Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will be held virtually, but we still want to see you receive your hood. We're accepting video submissions from all doctoral degree candidates (only) to be shown during the virtual streaming ceremony.
View Instructions and Upload Your Video

Friday, November 27

Graduation Fee
As noted in the Concordia University Graduate Catalog, a graduation fee of $150 is assessed to all students who are to receive a degree regardless of participation in the commencement ceremony. The fee has been posted to your student tuition account. Note: This fee is not your cap/gown charge.

Account Balances 
All outstanding debt assessed on your tuition account with the University must be paid in full on or before this date. Students with outstanding balances will not be eligible to pick-up tickets or participate in the graduation ceremony.

Payments may also be made online via CUC's secure payment website.

Friday, December 11 - Tentative Events

  • Graduate Alumni Graduation Celebration (Virtual)
  • The Service of Praise and Consecration (Virtual)

Master's Candidates

  • $89.99 plus tax and shipping
  • Your apparel will be sent directly to your home.
  • Ordering deadline is Thursday, October 8
  • If you order after the deadline, you must call 800-854-7464 to place your order and a $20 late fee will be added. 
  • Contact the Barnes & Noble bookstore at Concordia University Chicago if you have any questions at 708-209-3173 or sm8040@bncollege.com.   

Doctoral Candidates

  • $189.99 plus tax and shipping
  • $750.00 plus tax and shipping for custom doctoral
  • Your apparel will be sent directly to your home.
  • Custom doctoral orders are available by contacting Jostens Representative, Joann Scinto at 630-910-5567.
  • Ordering deadline is Thursday, October 8
  • If you order after the deadline, please contact CUC's Barnes & Noble bookstore at 708-209-3173 or sm8040@bncollege.com for a possible late order (late fees accompany late orders and are not guaranteed.)

Complete orders produce a confirmation number. If you order apparel after the order deadline, availability is not guaranteed and a late fee will be assessed, as well as piece pricing with no package discount. If you do not order apparel, we assume you will not participate in the ceremony. Contact your advisor if you have questions.

Order Regalia Online