Commencement, which lasts over two hours, is held at scenic Ravinia Festival Park, an outdoor concert facility in nearby Highland Park, Illinois. In recent years, the temperature during Commencement has been 40 degrees or cooler under the covered pavilion. Winds off of Lake Michigan contribute to a cold environment. Please plan to dress for winter weather (in layers with warm coats, hats, and gloves) and bring blankets for your family’s comfort during the ceremony. There are no heated, indoor facilities in which to warm up at Ravinia.
Cap and Gown Pick Up
Wednesday, April 30, Pierson Rooms
Thursday, May 1 - Friday, May 9, in the Bookstore during regular business hours
Tickets for Commencement
Graduates may request up to 8 tickets when they register for Commencement. Graduates will receive their tickets when they pick up their cap and gown. For additional information about seating at Commencement, please see Frequently Asked Questions.
Be sure to check local traffic and construction information the morning of Commencement to ensure that you arrive on time. We recommend checking the Illinois Department of Transportation site.
Residence Hall Closing
The deadline for graduates to move out of their residence halls is noon on Sunday, May 11.