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Spring Commencement: Saturday, May 9, 2015


Auditorium Theatre Of Roosevelt University
50 E. Congress Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60605

There will be two ceremonies for the spring 2015 Commencement.

10:00 AM
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Education

2:00 PM
Walter E. Heller College of Business
Chicago College of Performing Arts
Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies

Watch the webcast of the December 12, 2014 Commencement Ceremony

College of Pharmacy Commencement is Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

For more information regarding this event, please click here.

For questions regarding the even or cap and gown purchasing, please contact:

Katie Schmidt
Enrollment Coordinator, Office of Enrollment and Student Services
Roosevelt University | College of Pharmacy
1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd. Schaumburg, IL 60173
P: 847-330-4538 | F:  847-330-4524

Pharmacy Cap and Gown Information 

Theatre Seating Information

There are no tickets required for commencement. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Families unable to attend may also view via the Commencement Webcast. This link will be posted the week of Commencement under "Announcements" on the Roosevelt University homepage.

General Seating: Doors open one hour prior to commencement. General seating entrance is on Congress Parkway.

Accessible seating: No RSVP is required. Doors open one hour and thirty minutes prior to commencement. The Accessible guest entrance is 425 S. Wabash Ave.

General Ceremony Information

Graduation Assembly Rooms

Graduates need to report to their assembly locations 45 minutes prior to the start of their ceremony. Assembly Room locations are listed by degree. A Marshal will guide the graduates once in their assigned location. It is recommended all personal items are left with a guest, as the assembly rooms are not monitored and we can not guarantee they will be watched. Roosevelt University is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

View list of Student Assembly Room Locations - 

Room Locations: TBA
Cap and Gown Information

Name Cards

Name cards are placed in the Assembly Rooms the day of the ceremony. You are encouraged to spell your name phonetically to assist in the the pronunciation of your name. It is also recommended you write your email on the name card, as this will assist the photographers in sending your proofs after commencement. Be careful not to lose this card. Should you drop it in route to the ceremony, please notify a Marshal.


After the degree groups have assembled, an assistant marshal will review the Commencement procedures with you. Candidates will enter the Auditorium Theatre through the Wabash lobby. Candidates remain standing until the marshal gives the signal to be seated. It is customary to remove caps for the national anthem and to leave them off until degrees are conferred.

Conferring of Degrees

After awarding any honorary degrees, the marshal will ask doctoral candidates to rise and come to the stage. Doctoral degree recipients will be presented to the president and their college dean to be hooded. The marshal then presents each dean and asks graduates to stand and proceed to the stage for awarding of their degrees. Master's degree recipients, preceded by an assistant marshal, will walk single file down the left (north) aisle and ascend the stage to present themselves to the dean and president.

The dean shakes the graduate's right hand, a picture is taken, and the student walks forward to President Middleton, who shakes the graduate's right hand and places the diploma cover in the left hand. After receiving the cover, graduates leave the stage via the south staircase, have pictures taken at the bottom of the stairs and return to their seats. Graduates remain standing until the marshal gives them the signal to be seated. Bachelor's degree and all other graduating groups follow the same procedure.

After the Ceremony

The Auditorium Theatre will be cleared immediately following each Commencement ceremony.

The Congress and Fainman Lounges on the second floor of the Auditorium Building are the perfect places to meet your guests after the ceremony! Please plan accordingly.

Additional Guest Information

Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University

  • Accessible Seating for Guests
  • Balloons and strollers are not allowed in the seating area.
  • Food and beverages are not allowed in the theatre.
  • Out of consideration for all graduates and their families, please encourage your guests, including children, to remain attentive and quiet during the ceremony.
  • Please turn off all cell phones and pagers.

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