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Fall Commencement: Friday, December 14, 2018*

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

11:00 A.M.

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education
  • Chicago College of Performing Arts
  • Walter E. Heller College of Business

This is will be a ticketed event and an RSVP will be required.  Graduates will receive an RSVP via their Roosevelt email and will not be accepted after deadline.

*Please note: the fall degree application date states December 15, 2018, which reflects the conferral date and the date which will appear on the diploma. The ceremony will take place on December 14, 2018.

Theatre and Ticket Information

Ticket Information

  • All graduates will receive set number of tickets for the ceremony.  The number of tickets will be determined by RSVP.
  • Ticket pick up will occur during the Salute to Graduate receptions.
  • Each member of your party must have a ticket. This includes small children. Please keep this in mind as you distribute and reserve tickets for your guests. 
  • You must present your RU ID and sign confirming receipt of your tickets.
  • If someone is picking up for you, you must email Graduation Services with the person’s name indicating they have permission to pick up tickets on your behalf. They must present a valid State ID or RU ID at pick up.
  • DO NOT LOSE YOUR TICKETS. We may not have extras available to replace your lost tickets.
  • Online or out of state students, should contact Graduation Services for further instruction.
  • If you require Accessible Seating for your guests, up to four tickets will all be located in Accessible and any additional will be located in General Seating.


Should the Theatre reach capacity, any guests unable to enter will be directed to our on-campus overflow areas Wabash 611 and 612 to view the ceremonies via webcast.

Families unable to attend may also view via the Commencement Webcast.  The webcast will be posted the week of Commencement.

Entry into the Theatre

General Seating

Doors open one hour prior to commencement. General seating entrance is located at 50 E. Congress Parkway.

Accessible seating

Doors open one hour and thirty minutes prior to commencement. The Accessible guest entrance is located just west of the general Theatre entrance on 50 E. Congress Parkway.

Prohibited Items

  • Outside Food
  • Drinks
  • Firearms or Weapons of any kind
  • Bullhorns or Noise-Makers
  • Items deemed unsafe by Management
  • Confetti or Glitter
  • UAV’s/Drones
  • Hover Boards
  • Selfie-Sticks

Items not allowed in the Theatre

  • Balloons
  • strollers
  • tri-pods for recording equipment

These items can be checked-in and picked up upon exit.

Flowers and concessions available for purchase in the lobbies.

Ceremony Participation Policy and Information

Participation in Commencement

Roosevelt University holds ceremonies in May and December. Eligibility for participation in Commencement is as follows:

  • Fall graduates participate in the December Commencement.
  • Spring graduates participate in the May Commencement.
  • Summer graduates participate in the December Commencement.

Student wishing to walk in a ceremony outside of their graduation term must contact Graduation Services.  Requests are approved exclusively through Graduation Services and students need to complete a Ceremony Participation Request form.

  • Email Graduation Services with your request and to receive the form. You must complete the request form by the posted deadline.
  • Requests are honored on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Approval is based on space available and therefore participation is not guaranteed.  
  • The students name will not appear in the program, but students will receive a name card so their name is announced during the ceremony.

Graduation Assembly Rooms: Where do I go the day of the ceremony?

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 Graduate Assembly Room (graduate line up) locations.

Line up rooms TBD

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 Malekzadeh, 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.

Please Note: Once your group has been conferred you are required to remain in your seat until all degrees have been conferred. This is out of respect for your fellow graduates and the Roosevelt Community. Each ceremony is approximately 90 minutes long. Please be sure your plans start after your respective ceremony has ended.

After the Ceremony: Where do I meet my Graduate/Family?

The Auditorium Theatre will be cleared immediately following each Commencement ceremony. Please do not hang out in the Theatre lobby after the ceremony. It is imperative we clear the lobby after each ceremony for the next event.

The Wabash/Michigan Lobbies and the Wabash cafeteria are great places to meet your guests after the ceremony. Please plan accordingly.

Cap and Gown Information

Cap and Gown and Ticket pick up occur during Salute to Graduates.

The Salute to Graduates receptions are one of two open house–style events where graduates come to pick up the materials and information needed to participate in Commencement.  If you are not interested in attending the ceremony you do not need purchase a gown or attend the event.  

What will happen at Salute to Graduates?

  • Register with Alumni and complete Career Development survey
  • Pick up your cap and gown
  • Pick up your guest tickets for your ceremony (a set number is given to all graduates and is based on student RSVP)
  • Pick up your Commencement Information Booklet
  • Order graduation announcements
  • Sign your class banner
  • Have your a portrait taken by professional photographer from Grad Images
    • Be sure to come dressed for pictures.
    • The sitting is free and the photos will be combined with all your proofs from Commencement
    • For more information you may contact Grad Images at 800-261-2576.
  • Participate in the raffle to win prizes.
  • Mix and mingle with fellow graduates and alumni.
  • Light refreshments served.

Chicago Campus Students

There are various options for purchasing your cap and gown. Please use the option that works best for you.

Date of Chicago Reception: Thursday, November 29, 2018

Reception Location: Wabash Room 418
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Online Ordering:  September 17 - October 31,  2018
Purchase at the Reception: Chicago campus only You can purchase and pick up your cap and gown the day of the reception on November 29, 2018.
Borrowing a Cap and Gown: It is permissible to borrow a cap and gown from a former graduate, but Graduation Services must grant approval. For approval, please contact Graduation Services at

Schaumburg Campus Students

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are attending the Schaumburg event, you must pre-order or call ahead for pick up.  As the Bookstore is located downtown, there will not be an option to purchase the same day.

Date of the Schaumburg Reception:

Monday, November 26  2018

Reception Location:

Alumni Hall


12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Online Ordering: Pre-order for pick up at the Schaumburg event or to have it mailed. September 17 - October 31,  2018
Borrowing a Cap and Gown:  It is permissible to borrow a cap and gown from a former graduate, but Graduation Services must grant approval. For approval, please contact Graduation Services at

Online Students

Option 1: You can order online to have your items shipped to you.

September 17 - October 31,  2018

Option 1: You can call to place an order for in-store pick up.

Phone: 312-341-3593
Phone orders can be shipped or made available for pick up at the Chicago Campus Bookstore.
If shipping is required, please order through the Bookstore by October 31, 2018.

Option 3: You can borrow a cap and gown from a former graduate (Approval from Graduation Services Required).

It is permissible to borrow a cap and gown from a former graduate, but Graduation Services must grant approval. For approval, please contact Graduation Services at

Doctoral Candidates

Doctoral Candidates:

Doctoral Candidates require custom-made regalia. Please call the Bookstore to place your order: 312-341-3593. The deadline is November 30, 2018.
Pharmacy students, please review the information sent by your department.

Cap and Gown Pricing Information

Cap and Gown Items Pick up Price (tax Included) Price to Ship
Bachelor's cap, gown, tassel, and stole $74.58 $81.08
Mater's cap, gown, tassel, and hood $98.30 $105.80
Doctoral Custom Regalia Rented Price To Purchase
Doctoral cap, gown, tassel, hood $200.00 $809.00

Tassel, Hood, and Honor Cord Information

Cords signify that the wearer has attained some specific honor or distinction, academic or otherwise. Different color cords are used to signify different accomplishments or affiliations.

  • Green: Completed Roosevelt University's Honors Program
  • Green and White: Completed the Graduate Plan for Success
  • Light Blue: First generation
  • Lavender: LGBTQIA and allies
  • Maroon:Held a peer mentor and leadership position in which upperclassmen mentor freshman with disabilities, and students needing support in navigating college life at Roosevelt.
  • Multicolored (purple, green, and gold): Students of color and international students
  • Navy Blue: Served as a member of the Student Conduct Board
  • Navy and White: Criminal Justice Honors
  • Purple: Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate recipient.
  • Red:  Served as a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Council (CASSAC)
  • Red, White and Blue: Student Military member, veteran, cadet, or has family who serves or served.
  • Yellow: Franklin Honor Society Member (GPA 3.75 or higher for Undergraduates only)

A full list of tassel colors is available here. If you are unsure of the degree you will be receiving, please contact the Graduation Office at (312)341-3591. Listing an incorrect degree will result in receiving the wrong tassel and hood color. 

Salute Event Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I have to stay the entire time?
    • No. You only need to stay long enough to pick up your items, enjoy a few snack, take a photo (if you choose), or visit any other visiting offices.
  2. Can I just buy a tassel?
    • Yes, you can just buy a tassel, hood, or any other item needed. If you are borrowing a gown, you will need to have it approved by Graduation Services.
  3. Can someone else pick up my regalia for me?
    • Yes. You can have a family member or friend pick up your items. Be sure they have your name, ID#, height and weight so you are
      sure to receive the correct items and we can check you in for the ceremony.
  4. If I do not attend Salute How do I check in for Commencement?
  5. What if I am not attending Commencement, do I need to tell someone?
    • We only call the names of those in attendance. If not attending you do not need to notify Graduation Services.
  6. What form of payments are accepted?
    • Cash
    • Check
    • Credit Cards
  7. What if I change my mind about attending Commencement?
    • If you noted you would not attend on your application, you can attend the Salute Event to confirm attendance.
    • If you purchased your gown and decided not to attend, contact Graduation Services at
  8. What if I am graduating with two different degrees?
    • You can decide to walk for one or both. You would need to purchase a different hood and or tassel for the different degrees.
  9. Can I exchange items?
    • Items in good condition can be exchanged in the Bookstore.

Questions? Contact Graduation Services at 312-341-3591 or

Guest Information

After the Ceremony: Where do I meet my Graduate?

The Auditorium Theatre will be cleared immediately following each Commencement ceremony. Please do not hang out in the Theatre lobby after the ceremony. It is imperative we clear the lobby after each ceremony for the next event.

The Wabash/Michigan Lobbies and the Wabash cafeteria are great places to meet your guests after the ceremony. Please plan accordingly.

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