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|TERM||DEGREE CONFERRAL DATE||PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINE||LATE APPLICATION DEADLINE|
|March 31, 2023|
October 17, 2022
January 20, 2023
|May 31, 2023|
October 17, 2022
January 27, 2023
|June 30, 2023|
October 17, 2022
|April 2, 2023|
|Summer 2023||August 31, 2023||February 15, 2023*||June 16, 2023|
|Fall 2023||December 31, 2023||March 15, 2023||September 8, 2023|
*Summer 2023 applicants that miss the priority application deadline will NOT be printed in the Commencement Program.Learn How to Apply for Graduation
Website is OPEN – CLICK HERE to order
Website closes for orders shipped to campus – February 21, 2023
Regalia shipped for campus delivery will be distributed at the Grad Fair
Website closes for orders shipped to home – April 14, 2023
Benedictine University has secured special hotel pricing for out of town guests who would like to secure hotel rooms in the convenient Rosemont area. Discounted rates are good for hotel stays from May 12 – 15, 2022 only. Room reservations are limited, please make your reservations in advance. All rates are subject to a city and state tax, which are currently 14%. Tax is subject to change.
Please use this link to make your DoubleTree Hotel reservation: DoubleTree Special Rate Reservation Link
The Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago is offering Benedictine University 20% off of their best available rate during commencement weekend. Please use this link to secure your 20% off rate: Hyatt Regency O’Hare 20% Best Rate Link
Need more hotel options? Please use this link to view area hotels: https://rosemont.com/where-to-sleep/
Reach out to one of the areas below or see our FAQ section for answers to some of the most common questions students ask leading up to graduation day.
We employ many avenues to keep you informed about Commencement. This is an exciting time and we don’t want you to miss anything! First and foremost, check your BEN.EDU email. Emails go out to graduating students at least monthly with very timely and important information. Secondly, check this web site. We will update this site regularly with all of the most up to date information. Social media – watch your feeds for information and fun videos! Finally, look around campus – signage, electronic boards, display case by Starbucks, cardboard cut outs located around the campus. Stay alert – there just might be contests and prizes attached to these cut outs!
Participation in the Commencement Convocation is optional but encouraged. Diplomas are mailed after the degree conferral process is completed at the end of each term.
Diplomas are mailed to the recipient at the home address on file.
Mailing of the diploma takes place after the degree conferral process is complete. This process can take six to eight weeks after the conferral date (ex: fall conferral date is December 31. Once the process is complete, the degree you earn will be posted to your Benedictine account. You may expect to receive your diploma in the mail 10 to 14 business days after the posting. Please note that diplomas will not be released if you have any financial holds.
The Office of the Registrar sends diplomas 4 to 6 weeks after degree conferral directly from our printing company to your home address.
Degrees will be reflected on your academic transcript after the record has been reviewed, confirming that all graduation requirements have been satisfied. This process is called degree conferral.
Not being in good financial or academic standing with the University. You must be in good financial standing before receiving your cap and gown, and be enrolled in an academic program that will be completed by the end of the summer term (if necessary to fulfill degree requirements).
Business casual or formal dress is suggested. Adornments such as corsages and pins are not traditionally worn as a part of the regalia. The cap should be worn flat on the top of the head and signs are not recommended. Caps or gowns decorated with inappropriate messages will not be permitted. We highly recommend wearing comfortable shoes as you will be walking in a procession.
As an associate or bachelor’s degree candidate, you wear your tassel on the right side. After your degree conferral is announced and all diploma covers are distributed, you will switch the tassel to the left side. As a master’s and doctoral degree candidate, you wear your tassel on the left side.
Academic Honor Cords for qualified undergraduate students will be distributed at the Grad Fair in March.
There are no graduation honors for students earning master’s and doctoral degrees.
Yes, you may decorate your cap. Your decorating must not include any inappropriate content and no profanity.
Undergraduate Hooding has been replaced by the Undergraduate Stole of Gratitude Ceremony.
Definition of the Stole of Gratitude
The Stole of Gratitude represents appreciation to those who helped our graduates through their educational journey and offers the opportunity to say “Thank you for helping me make it.” The “Stole” is an important part of the graduate regalia worn during the commencement ceremony. A Stole of Gratitude is a beautiful way to thank someone for their support throughout the graduate’s time at Benedictine University. Our graduates have the option of presenting their “Stole” or purchase an additional “Stole” to present to the person who had the greatest impact on their journey, be it a parent, relative or mentor.
Stole of Gratitude Ceremony
A new tradition for Benedictine is the Stole of Gratitude Ceremony. This ceremony is an opportunity for graduates to show their gratitude to the person or persons who have been of the most help to them throughout their college education. They are given a Stole of Gratitude with their academic regalia. It is brought to the Stole of Gratitude Ceremony where they can choose a faculty or staff member to ceremoniously “stole” them. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to have a few minutes of time with either the President or the Provost. This is an opportunity for graduates to speak about their experiences at Benedictine – truly an honor for the President and the Provost as well!
The Stole of Gratitude will also be blessed at both the Commencement Mass and Interfaith Convocation, if attended. As the theme throughout Commencement will be one of gratitude, our undergraduates will wear the “Stole” at Commencement. Graduates will also have an opportunity to present a commemorative Stole of Gratitude to their biggest advocate throughout their college years, either at the Stole of Gratitude Ceremony or after Commencement.
The Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to be held the Rosemont Theatre. Each graduate will be allotted four tickets each. If you find yourself in need of additional tickets, contact us at [email protected] to be put on a wait list. A ticket will be needed to enter the Theatre. There will be live streaming and this link will be on the Commencement website.
This information is coming soon.
Yes, you can walk in Lisle if you have attended Mesa or vice versa. We are one University and as such, it is your choice where you would like to receive your diploma. You will need to register to participate in the Commencement Events of the campus that you want just to keep us organized and ready for you!
Yes, we will live stream the ceremony. The link will be listed on the Commencement web.
The student will pick one degree for their regalia order – as they can’t wear two tassels or hoods! The student needs to decide if they want to wear for example: an apricot tassel/hood (Master of Science in Nursing – MSN) or tan tassel/hood, (Master of Business Administration – MBA). The Campus Store will be selling additional tassels before Commencement enabling the student to purchase another tassel with the other degree’s color allowing them to have both. DO NOT ORDER AN EXTRA TASSEL ONLINE OR ORDER TWO CAPS AND GOWNS. You select your degree when you get started with your order so this will not work! Visit the Campus Store
The gift will be directed to the University’s Mission Fund. This fund helps so many of our students when they find themselves hanging on by a thread. They are in danger of dropping out just a few credits short of a degree because of a family emergency or other unexpected financial hardship. BenU’s Mission Fund and its donors give the students that extra money they need to cross the finish line. Thank you to those who have participated in this gift and contributed to future generations of BenU students!Give a Gift