Spring Commencement has been postponed due to COVID-19.

View full details on the Commencement landing page


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


Friday, March 27

Doctoral Academic Regalia Order Deadline 
In order to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must order academic apparel. 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. If you do not order apparel, we assume you will not participate in the ceremony. Contact your advisor if you have questions.

View tab below for full details about ordering your regalia.

Friday, March 27

Master's Academic Regalia Order Deadline
In order to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must order academic apparel. 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. If you do not order apparel, we assume you will not participate in the ceremony. Contact your advisor if you have questions.

View tab below for full details about ordering your regalia.

April 17 - 3:30 pm

Graduation Fee
As noted in the Concordia University Graduate Catalog, a graduation fee of $146 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, May 8 - All Events Cancelled Except Service of Praise

Ticket Pick-Up: 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.
Geiseman Memorial Gymnasium - North

Tickets should be picked up before rehearsal at the Geiseman Memorial Gymnasium. If you are unable to pick up your tickets in person, a friend may do so with your written permission. There will be limited late ticket pick-up in Addison Hall 158 between 1:45 and 2:15 p.m. on the day of Commencement. Please note ticket pick-up will be suspended during rehearsal. Extra tickets become available after rehearsal.

Graduation Rehearsal: 6:45 p.m.
Geiseman Memorial Gymnasium - North
A mandatory commencement rehearsal will be held in the Geiseman Gymnasium. Marching Guides will be provided at rehearsal during check-in regarding marching protocol and seating assignments.

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

The Service of Praise and Consecration, Baccalaureate Service: 7:30 p.m.
Chapel of Our Lord
All graduate students and their families are welcome to attend a festival worship services after the graduation rehearsal.
Watch an online video stream of the service.

Saturday, May 9 - Postponed

Commencement Ceremony
2:15 p.m. Lineup
All participants are asked to arrive no later than 2:15 p.m. to begin lining up in the first floor of the Krentz Center.

3 p.m. Ceremony Begins

Master's Candidates

  • $89.99 plus tax and shipping
  • Your apparel will be sent directly to your home.
  • Ordering deadline is Friday, March 27, 2020
  • 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 Friday, March 27, 2020
  • 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

Graduate Commencement is a Ticketed Event

Each graduate student participating in Commencement Spring 2020 will receive 5 tickets for their guests before and after graduation rehearsal on Friday, May 8. Each person entering the gymnasium for the Commencement Ceremony MUST have a ticket, including all adults and children--no exceptions.

Based on the final number of students participating in the Commencement Ceremony, additional tickets may become available after graduation rehearsal on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Pick up tickets and Marching Guides on Friday, May 8 at the Geiseman Memorial Gymnasium between 5:45 and 6:30 p.m. Please note ticket pick-up will be suspended during rehearsal.

If you are unable to pick up your tickets in person, a friend may do so with your written permission. Send your written permission to your advisor prior to the pick up date.

Late ticket pick-up will be available Saturday, May 9, between 1:45 and 2:15 p.m. in Addison Hall 158.