Undergraduate Student Information

Important Dates and Deadlines

Undergraduate 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 December 12, 2020**


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

Apparel Order Deadline
All apparel must be ordered by October 8 via the campus bookstore or online. If you order after the deadline, there will be a late fee of $20 added to your order. If you have questions regarding late orders, please contact Office of the Dean of Students at dos@CUChicago.edu.

See the Apparel tab below for full details about ordering your cap and gown.

Friday, October 16

Graduation Fee Due
As noted in the Concordia University Chicago Undergraduate Catalog, a graduation fee of $146 is assessed to all students who are to receive a degree regardless of participation in the ceremony. This fee will be posted to your student tuition account. It does not include your cap and gown. Please submit your payment to Business Services (Addison 156A).

Outstanding Account Balances Due
All outstanding debt assessed on your tuition account must be paid in full to Business Services no later than TBA otherwise you will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. Submit your payment to Business Services no later than TBA.

Coursework Audit
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.

Monday, November 16 - Friday, November 20

Apparel Pick Up
Barnes & Noble Bookstore, KCC
Candidates for graduation who elect to purchase regalia will have the opportunity to select one of two options to receive their order:

  • On-Campus Pick Up: Bookstore team members will distribute graduation apparel and other important items. If unable to pick up regalia in person, a friend may do so with written permission via email at sm8040@bncollege.com. Your student account must be in good standing to obtain apparel.
  • By Mail: Orders will be shipped to the address provided no later than November 13.

Friday, December 11 - Tentative Events

  • Undergraduate Alumni Graduation Celebration (Virtual)
  • The Service of Praise and Consecration, Baccalaureate Service (Virtual)

Monday, October 5
3 to 6 p.m.
Virtual - Details Forthcoming

This event brings all areas of campus to one location to allow graduates to:

  • Celebrate with fellow graduates
  • Meet with Business Services to review any outstanding financial commitments.
  • Consult with the Registrar’s Office to flag potential academic concerns.
  • Order your cap and gown from Jostens, our official academic apparel provider. The cap and gown is yours to keep after graduation.
  • Meet your Alumni Relations representative.
  • Note: Cap and gown senior portraits will NOT be available this fall.

Because the Fall ceremony is virtual, undergraduate students can order academic apparel (caps and gowns) to commemorate the occasion at home. The cost of the apparel is $43.99 plus tax and is separate from the Student Graduation Fee.

Ordering Academic Apparel

We recommend students place their apparel orders during Grad Finale. Students may also order online.

Order Apparel Online

Order Deadline

Thursday, October 8
All apparel must be ordered by Thursday, October 8. If you have questions regarding late orders, please contact Office of the Dean of Students at dos@CUChicago.edu. Please note, there is a late fee associated with orders past the deadline.

Note: Payment for cap and gown is required at the time of order.

Pick Up

Monday, November 16 - Friday, November 20

Candidates for graduation who elect to purchase regalia will have the opportunity to select one of two options to receive their order:

  • On-Campus Pick Up: Go to the Barnes & Noble Bookstore located in the lower level of the KCC during regular business hours to pick up your apparel. If unable to pick up regalia in person, a friend may do so with written permission via email at sm8040@bncollege.com. Your student account must be in good standing to obtain apparel.
  • By Mail: Orders will be shipped to the address provided no later than November 13.