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Commencement

Graduate FAQ

How many guests can graduates invite to the commencement ceremony? 

Are Tickets Required? 

Is there a difference between Graduation and Commencement? 

Is there a Commencement ceremony fee? 

Can I get a diploma cover if I do NOT participate in the ceremony? 

How do I order my Cap and Gown?

What time should I arrive?

What is my honors status?

I'm receiving a graduate degree, can I wear my undergraduate regalia?

I already have regalia, but need to purchase a new tassel/hood.

Where can I order photos?




How many guests can graduates invite to the commencement ceremony?

Graduates may invite up to six guests to the ceremony. 

Are Tickets Required?

At this time, tickets are not required. However, Vadalabene Center capacity is limited, thus, we ask students to limit the number of guests to six. Please note, for Spring Commencement, once the Vadalabene Center is full, guests will be directed to the overflow viewing room where the ceremony will be simulcast. 

Is there a difference between Graduation and Commencement?

Yes. Commencement is the ceremony that brings students, faculty and family together to celebrate your graduation. At Commencement, you will receive a diploma cover. Graduation is final confirmation that you have completed all degree requirements. Your diploma will be sent to you after the end of the term once the Office of the Registrar has confirmed that you have completed all degree requirements. The diploma will be mailed to the mailing address on file with SIUE. Check CougarNet to confirm your mailing address to prevent delays. 

Is there a Commencement fee?

No. However, all participants are responsible for purchasing their cap and gown. 

Can I get a diploma cover if I do NOT participate in the ceremony?

Yes. Diploma covers for students who do not participate in the Commencement ceremony may be picked up in the Student Service Center in Rendleman Hall, Room 1309. 

 
How do I order my Cap and Gown?

By completing the Cap and Gown Pre-Order Form by the published deadline, you order your commencement regalia.. It is essential that you pick up and pay for your pre-ordered cap and gown at the University Bookstore by the published deadline. If you do not, we will assume that your plans have changed and that you will NOT be participating in the Commencement ceremony.

What time should I arrive?

All graduates should plan on arriving 1 hour prior to the start of the ceremony.  You will need to check in and line up in the Student Activities Gym in the Fitness Center.
 
Guest seating in the Vadalabene Center begins one hour before the start of the ceremony.
 

I'm receiving a graduate degree, can I wear my undergraduate regalia?

Graduate regalia is a different style then undergraduate regalia.  Please dress in regalia appropriate for your degree.

I already have regalia, but need to purchase a new tassel/hood.

Please fill out the Commencement RSVP and select that you need to purchase regalia.  Go to the bookstore after regalia pick up has begun and state which items you need.

Where can I order Photos?

GradImages is the authorized photographer for Commencement. All graduates will have their photo taken as they receive their diploma covers, a posed photo with their diploma as they leave the platform, and a formal portrait.

You may pre-register with GradImages at http://www.gradimages.com/Preregistration Graduates can register up to six people to receive access to their portraits.

After the ceremony, photos may be ordered online at gradimages.com, phone (800) 261‑2576.

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