Information for Graduating Students
Information for Graduating Students

Steps for Graduation

1. Apply for graduation 

Complete and submit the application for graduation (also necessary for degree conferral if not walking in Commencement ceremony).

2017 Calendar Year Application for Graduation (PDF)

2. Order your cap and gown

Order your cap and gown online. The cost of the cap and gown is included in the application for graduation fee.

Cap and Gown Information

3. RSVP for ceremonies 

Fill out the online response forms for participation in Commencement. If you are a bachelor’s degree recipient and plan to attend the Interfaith Baccalaureate Convocation, fill out both forms. If you are an associate, master’s, or doctoral degree recipient, fill out the Commencement Convocation form.

4. Attend the Graduation Fair 

Attend the Graduation Fair from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center to:

  • Pick up your cap and gown (strongly encouraged for all on-ground students).
  • Obtain Commencement information.
  • Have your cap and gown picture taken by a GradImages photographer.
  • Receive information about alumni benefits and career development services.
  • Purchase a class ring and/or diploma frame.
  • Order personalized announcements.
  • Discuss your financial obligations.
  • Enjoy a raffle and refreshments.

5. Celebrate your achievement

Attend the Alumni Reception, Commencement Mass and Commencement Convocation for your degree program and celebrate with your family and friends.


Graduation FAQ

Got a question about attending Commencement or what’s going on with your diploma? Here are some answers to some of the most common questions students ask leading up to graduation day.

Am I required to participate in Commencement to receive my diploma?

Participation in the Commencement Convocation is optional but encouraged. All students who participate in the Commencement Convocation will receive a diploma cover. Diplomas are mailed after the degree conferral process is completed at the end of each term.

When and where are diplomas mailed?

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 earned 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.

Who sends out diplomas?

The Office of the Registrar.

When will the degree be posted as earned on my transcript?

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.

What would prevent a student from participating in Commencement?

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).

Are invitations/announcements available?

Yes. Visit the Commencement Mementos page for details on ordering personalized invitations and announcements.

How and where do I get my cap and gown?

Visit the Cap and Gown Information page for details on ordering and picking up your cap and gown.

Is there a practice ceremony?


What is the appropriate attire for the ceremony?

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 women wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking in a procession.

On what side of the cap do I wear the tassel?

As an associate or bachelor’s degree candidate, you wear your tassel on the right side. After the abbot announces your degree conferral 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.

What is the Interfaith Baccalaureate Convocation?

The Interfaith Baccalaureate Convocation brings together students, faculty and staff for the last time as a University community. It is held at the Dan and Ada Rice Center at 7:00 p.m. on the Friday that falls on the week before Commencement. 

The event features a hooding ceremony, which is the symbolic passing of the knowledge and methods of the disciplines and the liberal arts from a faculty or staff member to the student. The color of the hood is contingent upon the scholarly field of study, following guidelines established by the American Council on Education. 

Each student chooses a faculty/staff member who has played an important role in their experience at Benedictine. At the ceremony, students will sit in a designated section to the left or right of the main stage. Faculty/staff members will be called to each of the small stages on the floor. Once the faculty/staff member is in place, the student will walk to the stage and hand the faculty/staff member the hood, turn around to face the audience, and the faculty or staff member will then hood the student. The student will turn back to the faculty or staff member to thank them and then both the student and faculty/staff member will return to their seats.

As a student who is graduating from a master’s program, will I be recognized for graduation honors?

There are no graduation honors for students earning master’s and doctoral degrees.


David Sonnenberger
Associate Provost
(630) 829-6538

Jenny Janis
Assistant to the Associate Provost
(630) 829-1143