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Commencement

When it comes time to get ready for Commencement, here is the information you need to make the most of the occasion. North Park University holds graduation ceremonies in both December (end of Fall Semester) and May (end of Spring Semester) each year. Along with a graduation events calendar, below you'll find information on regalia, class rings, tickets for commencement, and ceremony live-streaming.

Commencement Calendar

December Commencement
December 12, 2014

May Commencement
May 9, 2015

Baccalaureate Service

None
Friday, May 8, 8:00 pm
Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E Chestnut Street, Chicago

Commencement Ceremonies

Friday, December 12, 7:30 pm

Carlson Gymnasium
All undergraduate and graduate programs

Saturday, May 9, 10:00 am

Carlson Gymnasium
Traditional undergraduate programs

Saturday, May 9, 3:00 pm

Carlson Gymnasium
All graduate programs, School of Adult Learning, and School of Nursing RN-to-BSN degree-completion

Saturday, May 9, 7:00 pm

Anderson Chapel
North Park Theological Seminary
More details

Cap, Gown, and Ticket Distribution; Rehearsals

Wednesday, December 10

Regalia and Ticket Distribution
4:00–5:15 pm, Carlson Gymnasium Basement, Room 021

Rehearsal
5:30–6:30 pm, Carlson Gymnasium

Wednesday, May 6 — Traditional Undergraduate

Regalia and Ticket Distribution
2:00–3:15 pm, TBA

Rehearsal
3:30–4:30 pm, Carlson Gymnasium

Wednesday, May 6 — Graduate, School of Adult Learning, RN-to-BSN Completion

Regalia and Ticket Distribution
4:00–5:15 pm, TBA

Rehearsal
5:30–6:30 pm, Carlson Gymnasium

Friday, May 8 — Seminary

Regalia Distribution and Rehearsal
10:00 am, Anderson Chapel

Saturday, May 9

Robing
6:00 pm, Nyvall Hall, N-25


Tickets for Commencement

December Commencement Ceremony

Each graduate will receive four tickets at rehearsal. We expect a capacity audience for this event. Doors to the Carlson Gymnasium will open for ticket holders at 6:45 pm. Tickets will not be required after 7:15 pm, at which point ushers will seat guests as space permits.

May Commencement Ceremony

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 Carlson Gymnasium 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.

For both the December and May Commencement 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.

Eligibility

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.