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Spring Commencement: Friday, May 11, 2018*

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

10:00 A.M.

College of Education
College of Pharmacy
Walter E. Heller College of Business

2:00 P.M.

College of Arts and Sciences
Chicago College of Performing Arts

RSVP due March 2, 2018 (Check your Roosevelt email for the link!)

  *Please note: the Spring 2018 application date states May 7, 2018, which reflects the conferral date and the date which will appear on the diploma. The ceremonies will take place on May 11, 2018. Pharmacy Students have the same conferral date as the day of the ceremony (May 11, 2018).

IMPORTANT REMINDER:  We are very excited to have the College of Pharmacy join University Commencement in May 2018.  With the addition of our PharmD graduates and their guests, the May ceremony will be a ticketed event.   The number of tickets provided will be based on the number of graduates in attendance, so be sure to note on your graduation application if you plan to attend.  Once the spring 2018 online application closes, we will ask you to confirm the RSVP for the event.  For those unable to attend, all ceremonies will be available via webcast.

Theatre and Seating Information

Ticket Information for May 11, 2018 Commencement

It has been determined that all graduates will receive four tickets for their respective ceremony. You will be able to request additional tickets at the Salute to Graduate receptions, we will make note of your request, and additional tickets will be available for pick up starting the week of April 9 during the designated pick up days in Graduation Services. We will accommodate as many additional guests as we have tickets available.

Ticket Pick Up

Ticket pick up will occur at the Salute to Graduate receptions on April 2 (SCH) or April 5 (CHI). Should you not be able to attend those days you have the following options:

  • Retrieve your tickets on the designated ticket pick up days after Salute.
  • Days and times to post after the Salute receptions.
  • Someone can pick them up for you (see “Requirements for ticket pick up” for more information). 
  • Online students should contact Graduation Services if unable to come to campus prior to the day of Commencement. Please be sure to identify yourself as an Online Student.

Additional Ticket Information

Not all graduate will use the allotted amount. Again, you will be able to request additional tickets at the Salute to Graduate receptions. We will accommodate as many additional guests as we have tickets available. We will make note of your request and let you know what is available the week of April 9, 2018. They will be available for pick up during the designated pick up days in Graduation Services.

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.

If you requested Accessible Seating for your guests, your four tickets will all be located in Accessible. If you need to request additional seating, seating will be located in general admission.

There will be an overflow area for viewing the ceremonies on campus in rooms WB 611 and 612 of the 425 S. Wabash Bldg. Any guest unable to enter the Theatre will be able to view the ceremony in these rooms and meet up with guests in the Congress and Fainman Lounges on the second floor of the 430 S. Michigan Building after the ceremony.

Requirements for Ticket Pick Up

  • You must present your RU ID when picking up 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. Guests unable to enter, may go to one of the overflow locations.

Entry into the Theatre

Graduates will report to their designate line up room, which are all located in the Auditorium Building (locations handed out at Salute). Your guest arrival information is as follows:

  • 10:00 A.M. College of Education, College of Pharmacy, College of Business
    • Accessible Admission doors open at 8:30 A.M
    • General Admission doors at 9:00 A.M.
  • 2:00 P.M. College of Arts and Sciences and Chicago College of Performing Arts
    • Accessible Admission doors open at 12:30 P.M
    • General Admission doors at 1:00 P.M.

Overflow

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.

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.

Graduates participating in the ceremony needing accessible assistance

If you need to make arrangements for accessible seating or for the ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter, please contact Danielle Smith or Pamela Thompson-Hill at 312-341-3811 no later than one week prior to commencement.

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.

General Ceremony Information For Participating Graduates

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.

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.

Processional

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.

Salute to Graduates and Cap and Gown Information

The Salute to Graduate events are one of two open house–style events to pick up the materials and information you need to participate in Commencement.

Ceremony participation is not required. 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?

  • Pick up your guest tickets for your ceremony (graduates will receive more information about ticker distribution via your RU email)
  • Pick up your cap and gown
  • 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.

Salute to Graduates - Chicago Campus 

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

Date of Chicago Reception: April 5, 2018
The purpose of the reception is to make sure you receive important information regarding your ceremony, to confirm your attendance/participation, and receive your tickets for Commencement. If you are unable to attend, see Option 3 listed below.
Reception Location: Wabash Room 418
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
You have four options for purchasing Options for students receiving a Master's or Bachelor's degree- Chicago Event
Option 1: You can pre-order for pick up at the Chicago reception Pre-orders must be made via the link below starting February 1 - March 5, 2018.
https://oakhalli.com/colleges/Roosevelt
Option 2: You can purchase and pick up at the Chicago Reception. You can purchase and pick up your cap and gown the day of the reception on April 5, 2018.
Option 3:
If you are unable to attend the reception, you can get your items in the store.
In store pick up: You may purchase your cap and gown at the Chicago Campus Bookstore  until
May 4, 2018 during regular store hours.

Phone Orders: 312-341-3593
Phone orders can be shipped or made available for pick up at the Chicago Campus Bookstore. If shipping is required, please be sure to order through the Bookstore by April 27, 2018.
Option 4: 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 graduation@roosevelt.edu
Purchasing options for Online Student and Doctoral Candidates - Chicago Event
Online Students:

Online Ordering: Orders must be made via the link below starting February 1 - March 5, 2018.
https://oakhalli.com/colleges/Roosevelt

Phone Orders: 312-341-3593
Phone orders can be shipped or made available for pick up at the Chicago Campus Bookstore. If shipping is required, please be sure to order through the Bookstore by April 27, 2018.

Doctoral Candidates: Doctoral Candidates require custom-made regalia. Please call the Bookstore to place your order: 312-341-3593. The deadline is April 13, 2018.
Pharmacy students, please review the information sent by your department. 

Salute to Graduates - Schaumburg Campus

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:

April 2, 2018
The purpose of the reception is to make sure you receive important information regarding your ceremony, confirm your attendance/participation, and receive your tickets for the ceremony.  If you are unable to attend, see Option 2.

Reception Location:

Alumni Hall

Time:

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

Purchasing Options for students receiving a Master's or Bachelor's degree - Schaumburg Event

Option 1: You MUST Pre-order for pick up at the Schaumburg Reception.  Only pre-orders can be picked up the day of the event.

Pre-orders must be made via the link below starting February 1 - March 5, 2018
https://oakhalli.com/colleges/Roosevelt

Pick up cap and gown at the reception on April 2, 2018.

Option 2: If you are unable to attend the reception, you must make arrangements for delivery or Chicago 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 April 27, 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 graduation@roosevelt.edu

Purchasing options for Online Student and Doctoral Candidates - Schaumburg Event

Online Students:

Online Ordering:  Orders must be made via the link below starting February 1 - March 5, 2018
https://oakhalli.com/colleges/Roosevelt

Phone Orders: 312-341-3593
Phone orders can be shipped or made available for pick up at the Chicago Campus Bookstore. If shipping is required, please be sure to order through the Bookstore by April 27, 2018.

Doctoral Candidates:

Doctoral Candidates require custom-made regalia. Please call the Bookstore to place your order: 312-341-3593. The deadline is April 13, 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
  • 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 graduation@roosevelt.edu
  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 graduation@roosevelt.edu

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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