Graduates


Event Schedule

9:15am                                 Participant Check-In Opens (Gold Room, Pasadena Civic Auditorium)
10:00am                               Pasadena Civic Auditorium opens for general seating (balloons prohibited)
10:20am                               Participant Lineup (Gold Room, Pasadena Civic Auditorium)
11:00am – 1:00pm             Commencement Ceremony

Required forms/fees to participate:

  • Application for Graduation (already submitted)
  • Walk Short Form - Students who are short degree requirements, i.e. completion of thesis, dissertation, comprehensive exam, remaining course(s), who wish to participate in Commencement must complete this form.
  • Please note this form requires that your Department Chair’s signature.
  • Deadline to submit: Monday, August 26, 2013.

Regalia

Information on Regalia Ordering, Invitations, and more can be found here through Herff Jones.


  • You must order your regalia by Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 by emailing Daniel Esquivel (desquivel@thechicagoschool.edu).
  • Regalia will be available for pick up per the following schedule:

 

Wed Oct 9

Thu Oct 10

Fri Oct 11

Sat Oct 12

Sun Oct 13

Mon Oct 14

Tue Oct 15

Wed Oct 16

 Time

10am - 5pm 

10am - 5pm

10am - 5pm

11am - 2pm

11am - 2pm

10am - 5pm

12pm - 8pm

10am - 5 pm

Location

LA Campus

LA Campus

LA Campus

WW Campus

IRV Campus

LA Campus

LA Campus

LA Campus

Room 

Room 720

Room 720

Room 720

Student Lounge

2nd Floor

Room 720

Room 720

Room 720


  • Regalia not picked up at the listed locations/times will be available on the day of Commencement at the venue during check-in. Please note your regalia will not be ironed. Please check-in on time at the venue.
  • If you would like someone else to pick up your regalia for you, s/he must present a handwritten request from you bearing your signature that grants permission to release your regalia.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:  What Commencement deadlines do I have to meet?
Walk Short form - 8/26/2013
Regalia Ordering – 09/18/2013

Question:  How do I obtain tickets for Commencement?
The California Commencement ceremony is a non-ticketed event. Guests are not required to hold a ticket to attend.

Question:  Will I receive academic honors at graduation or on my diploma and transcript?
Honors are not awarded at the graduate level.

Question:  Am I eligible to participate in the 2013 Commencement ceremony?
You are eligible to participate in Commencement if:

  • You completed a degree program between August 2012 and August 2013 and have not walked in a previous Chicago School commencement ceremony.
  • You have filed the online Application for Graduation form and paid the associated fee.

OR
You anticipate graduating in December 2013 and submitted a Walk Short form approved and signed by your Department Chair along with your Application for Graduation and the associated fee.
OR
You anticipate graduating after December 2013 and submitted a Walk Short form approved and signed by your Department Chair along with you Application for Graduation and the associated fee. Permission to walk short requirements for students who will graduate after December 2013 may be granted only for those students with extenuating circumstance that will prohibit participation in the 2014 event.

Question: May I walk for more than one degree?
If you are completing two degree programs in one academic year, you may only be recognized during Commencement in one degree program, but your name will be listed in the commencement bulletin for both degrees assuming you have filed all required paperwork. You may walk only one time per degree earned, so, if you have participated in a commencement ceremony already, you may not do so again.

Question: What should I expect on the day of the ceremony?
Ceremony participants must check in at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in the Gold Room (2nd floor) starting at 9:15am. Line up for the ceremony will occur promptly at 10:20am, and the ceremony will begin promptly at 11am. The ceremony will last for approximately for 2 hours.

Self-pay parking is available in lots public parking lots around the venue. Please budget time for locating parking and travelling to the venue. Auditorium seating will open at 10:00am, and all guests must wait outside until the auditorium doors open. Please leave all personal belongings with your guests.

Suggested Tips

  • Leave early – Southern California is infamous for traffic. Map out your route in advance, and add 30 minutes or more to allow for rush hour traffic.
  • Pick a meeting place – It’s hard to find your family and friends among a sea of people. Familiarize yourself with the area around the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and pick a place to meet your guests once the ceremony is over.
  • Be patient and flexible – Commencement will last approximately 2 hours. If you are planning celebrations/lunch reservations after the event, be aware the ceremony could end earlier or later than the scheduled time.

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