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Frequently Asked Questions

IF I GRADUATE in DECEMBER of 2015 when is my COMMENCEMENT ceremony?

December (Fall) 2015 Graduates attend the May 14, 2016 Commencement Ceremony. Please complete your Ceremony Response Form to reserve your space and your guest tickets for the May 14, 2016 Ceremony.


Students who will have enough credits to gradute in Summer 2016 attend the May 14, 2016 Commencement Ceremony. Please complete your Ceremony Response Form to reserve your space and your guest tickets for the May 14, 2016 Ceremony.


Students Graduating from the Kent College of Law may attend the Saturday, May 14, 2016 Commencement Ceremony. However for infromation about the Kent College of Law Commencement Cermony 2016 on Sunday, May 15, 2016 please visit:

How many guest tickets may I have?

The number of guest tickets per graduate will be determined in March 2016 after the response deadlineStudents that filled out the online Ceremony Response Form by the February 29, 2016 deadline will receive guest tickets at Graduate Salute.

After the quantity of GUEST TICKETS per graduates have been determined, may I request additional guest tickets?

Students that filled out the online Ceremony Response Form by the February 29, 2016 deadline may be eligible for additional guest tickets if additional tickets come available. The earliest additional tickets would come available will be after Graduate Salute. If additional tickets do become available you are only eligible for additional tickets only if you have completed the Ceremony Response Form on time. Please contact your Academic Unit Ceremony Planner to be put on a waiting list for additional tickets. Space is limited at the unit ceremonies and allocation of additional guest tickets is based on availability and is at the discretion of the unit planner.

What if i do not complete the Ceremony Response Form by the deadline?

You may still complete a late submission of the Ceremony Response Form until Sunday, May 8, 2016. If you complete your late Ceremony Response Form  by Sunday, May 8, 2016 you may still attend the Main Ceremony. However because guest tickets are limited you may not receive tickets for your guests to attend the ceremonies.

In the event that you complete your Ceremony Response Form late (between March 1, 2016 - May 8, 2016), please contact your Academic Unit Ceremony Planner to be put on a waiting list for tickets. If tickets come available they will be distributed in the order of the waitlist. You are not guaranteed guest tickets unless you have completed the Ceremony Response Form on time. Space is limited at the unit ceremonies and allocation of additional guest tickets is at the discretion of the unit planner.

If I graduated before this academic year, may I attend Commencement?

No—commencement is held once annually for students who graduate in the fall, spring or summer of that academic year.

IF I GRADUATE this year May participate in Commencement next year?

No—commencement participation is open only to students who graduate in the fall, spring or summer of that academic year.

When do I receive my diploma?

Students who graduated in summer 2016 and fall 2015 are able to receive their diplomas shortly after the end of the term. Students graduating in spring 2016 will receive their diploma at the Academic Unit Ceremony on Commencement day if there are no Office of the Bursar holds or outstanding financial obligations to the university. If you have questions regarding your diploma, please contact the Office of the Registrar at

When and where will I get my guest tickets?

Guest tickets will be available for pick-up at Graduate Salute, which will be held from noon–7 p.m. on Monday, April 25 and Tuesday, April 26 in the Hermann Hall Ballroom.

If you are out of state and/or unable to claim your tickets at Graduate Salute, you must arrange to pick them up from the Academic Unit Ceremony Planner prior to Commencement day. Otherwise, you will be able to pick them up on the morning of Commencement, Saturday, May 14, between 7:00–8:30 a.m. at the MTCC.

Will my full name appear in the program?

Full names appear in the program, just as they do on the diploma. To change your name as it appears in the student information system, please update your personal information here.

What is Graduate Salute?

If you are participating in Commencement on Saturday, May 14, you must plan to attend Graduate Salute on either April 25 or April 26 between the hours of noon–7 p.m. in the Hermann Hall Ballroom on Main Campus. At this two-day event (students attend on only one day) you will pick up your regalia (cap and gown/hood) and guest tickets. You can also purchase diploma frames, class rings, alumni merchandise, or have a professional photo taken in your regalia by GradImages. Images are available for purchase after the event. Learn more

If I can’t come to Graduate Salute, May I have someone else pick up my regalia or guest tickets?

No—only the graduating student may pick up his/her regalia and guest tickets using a student ID or picture ID. Please do not send a family member or friend to pick up your regalia or guest tickets.

Is there another day before the Graduate Salute dates when may I pick up regalia?

No—regalia is only distributed at Graduate Salute and at Commencement, the morning of the event.

Will babies in strollers need to have a ticket?

Each guest two years of age and older will need a ticket to be admitted to the Opening Ceremony and Academic Unit Ceremonies.

I need to bring a stroller. Is this considered a disability?

Having to bring a stroller is not a disability, but you are welcome to bring a stroller. Please note: the Opening Ceremony does take place outdoors and on grass. Also, the Academic Unit Ceremonies may not be able to accommodate a stroller and you may need to leave it outside of the event space.

Is there special seating for people with disabilities?

Yes—a special seating section will be designated for people who use wheelchairs. Wheelchair users in this section will be allowed one companion seat.

One of my guests has a disability. How do I request an accommodation?

For guests who are wheelchair users or have another impairment, such as a visual or hearing impairment, and require an accommodation, please contact the Center for Disability Resources at 312.567.5744 as soon as possible to arrange for an accommodation.

Are all Academic Unit Ceremonies wheelchair accessible?

Yes, they are. For specific questions about unit ceremony locations, contact the Center for Disability Resources. Volunteers will be available at each unit ceremony to assist with operating wheelchair lift and stair lifts.

May I borrow or rent a wheelchair from IIT for the Commencement ceremony?

No—IIT does not have wheelchairs onsite during the day of the ceremony to rent or borrow; you will have to bring your own wheelchair. Wheelchairs may be rented from a medical supply store or purchased from stores such as Walgreens or Costco. Resources for wheelchair rentals include:

Will shuttles be available, and if so, are they handicapped accessible?

Yes—there will be shuttle buses equipped with wheelchair lifts for guests who are wheelchair users. Shuttles will start to run throughout Main Campus AFTER the Opening Ceremony has concluded to take guests to the Academic Unit Ceremonies.

I have more questions regarding a guest's or my own disability. Whom may I contact?

For all disabilities questions or to request an accommodation for you or one of your guests for graduation, please visit or call 312.567.5744. The Center for Disability Resources can answer questions regarding only a disability you or your family member may have. This office cannot answer questions regarding the ceremony itself.

Is it possible for family and friends to take photographs or videos?

Please feel free to bring your cameras to take photos after the Academic Unit Ceremonies.

Guests will not be allowed to leave their seats to photograph or videotape the graduates during any ceremony.

The aisles need to remain clear at all times, and especially during the processional, ceremony, and recessional. No freestanding equipment will be allowed.

There will be unlimited opportunities for personal photographs after the Academic Unit Ceremonies.

Graduating students and their guests are welcome to take photos inside Paul V. Galvin Library, on the upper level, north side of the building near the glass windows that face campus.

I have a question, but it is not answered here. Whom should I contact?

Undergraduate Student Application
Graduate Student Application
IIT Stuart School of Business
IIT Chicago-Kent
Disability Services
International Student
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