Commencement 2023 group of students

LISLE CAMPUS Commencement

May 4, 2024 | 10:00 a.m.
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Three Mesa graduates celebrating 2024

MESA CAMPUS Commencement

May 9, 2024 | 6:00 p.m.
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Got a question about attending Commencement
or what’s going on with your diploma?

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.

Audit and Diploma Questions – Office of the Registrar – [email protected]
Student Account or Hold Information – [email protected]
Commencement Questions or Concerns – Kimberley Viehmann – [email protected]


Commencement vs Graduation

What do these terms mean?

Applying for graduation is a formal process where students notify their institution of their intention to complete their degree requirements by a certain date. This application is crucial because it triggers a review of the student’s academic record to ensure all coursework, exams, and other requirements have been successfully completed for the awarding of the degree.

Attending the commencement ceremony, on the other hand, is typically optional. Commencement is a ceremonial event that celebrates the achievements of graduates, but participation in the ceremony does not affect the status of a student’s degree completion. Once all academic and administrative requirements are met, the institution will confer the degree, whether or not the student chooses to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Therefore, while applying for graduation is a mandatory step in the process of earning a degree, attending the commencement ceremony is not a requirement for graduation but rather a celebratory event that graduates can choose to participate in.


2024 Graduation Application Deadlines

Fall 2023December 31, 2023March 15, 2023September 8, 2023
Winter 2024 (quarter)March 31, 2024October 16, 2023January 19, 2024
Spring 2024May 31, 2024October 16, 2023January 19, 2024
Summer 2024August 31, 2024February 15, 2024*July 22, 2024*
*Summer 2024 applicants that miss the priority application deadline will NOT be printed in the Commencement Program.
Students that apply for graduation on the above dates are eligible to walk in either the May 4, 2024 ceremony in Lisle or the May 9, 2024 ceremony in Mesa.

Countdown to Commencement

A Night of Honor and Gratitude

 Commencement  Mass

Class Gift - commencement


Class Gift

Join your fellow seniors in shaping the experience of future Benedictine University students. 

All seniors are encouraged to honor their graduation year by contributing to an area they care about.

When you give to a specific area, it’s a significant way to support the University and allow future students to benefit from opportunities like those you enjoyed.

Whether you give to athletics, your academic major, a student organization, the Mission Fund, or another area you’re interested in, you can support a cause you’re passionate about that has helped define your BenU experience.

If you are interested in serving on the Senior Class Gift committee, contact Dr. PJ Thompson at 630-829-6063 or via email.

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