When it comes time to get ready for Commencement, here is the information you need to make the most of the occasion.

May 2014 Commencement Calendar

Baccalaureate Service:

Friday, May 9, 8:00 pm

Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E Chestnut St, Chicago

Commencement Ceremonies:

Saturday, May 10, 10:00 am

Traditional undergraduate

Carlson Gymnasium

Saturday, May 10, 3:00 pm

All graduate programs,

School of Adult Learning,
degree-completion program for RNs

Carlson Gymnasium

Saturday, May 10, 7:00 pm

Anderson Chapel

Tickets, Cap and Gown Distribution, Rehearsals:

Wednesday, May 7

Traditional undergraduate
Regalia & tickets distribution
2:00 to 3:15 pm, Wikholm Lounge
3:30 to 4:30 pm, Carlson Gymnasium

Wednesday, May 7

All graduate programs,
School of Adult Learning
degree-completion program for RNs
Regalia distribution
4:00 to 5:15 pm, Wikholm Lounge
5:30 to 6:30 pm, Carlson Gymnasium

Friday,  May 9

Regalia distribution & rehearsal
10:00 am, Anderson Chapel
Robing: Saturday, May 10
6:00 pm, N25

Tickets for Commencement

Due to space limitations, tickets are required for the 10:00 am commencement ceremony. Each traditional undergraduate student, participating in the 10:00 am commencement ceremony, will receive four tickets at rehearsal. We expect a capacity audience for this event. Doors to the Gymnasium, Hamming Hall, and Viking Café will open 45 minutes prior to each ceremony. Tickets will not be required after 9:45 am, at which point ushers will seat guests as space permits. Tickets are not required for the 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm ceremonies.

A limited amount of seating will be available in Viking Café for viewing the ceremony on live video. This option may be advisable for people with small children or anyone who might find climbing the bleachers difficult.

Commencement Ceremony Live Streaming

For individuals who wish to participate in the Commencement ceremony virtually, a live-streaming video will be available at www.northpark.edu/live. Tune in to watch your graduates walk across the stage and join the social chat to share your comments and congratulations.


Students completing degree requirements in December have the option to participate in the December ceremony or the following May. Students completing degree requirements in August have the option to participate in that December's ceremony or the following May.  

Cap and Gown

You indicated on your Graduation Application your gown size information. This information remains confidential and is used solely for placing the order. The cap, gown, hood, tassel, honor cords (if applicable) and commencement tickets will be distributed at commencement rehearsal. All commencement regalia is yours to keep.

Class Rings and Insignia Merchandise

You may purchase personalized announcements, diploma frames, or a class ring from Jostens.

Details about Graduation