• What to Expect on Graduation Day

    What to Expect on Graduation Day

    To help you prepare for the big day, watch this short video to the left which explains where to go and what to do when you arrive at the theater. Be sure to follow the steps below to register for the ceremony by April 5, 2017.

    What to Expect Video Transcript

  • Eligibility

    Students are eligible to walk in the graduation ceremony if they have completed all graduation requirements prior to the ceremony date. Students should contact Education Advising to review their remaining credits and requirements in order to determine their degree completion date. Online students can reach Education Advising at 866.522.7747. Ground campus and Learning Center students should contact their Academic team for assistance. 

    Graduation for Online Graduates

    June 3, 2017, Chicago O'Hare/Rosemont, IL
    The Rosemont Theatre
    5400 North River Road
    Rosemont, IL 60018 

    Students must complete their degree by June 2, 2017, to be eligible for this ceremony.

    Two Ceremonies, All Degree Levels, Divided by School/Program:
    Ceremony 1: 9:30 am CT
    Commencement for graduates in the Schools of Business and Technology and Health Sciences

    Ceremony 2: 1:30 pm CT
    Commencement for graduates in the Schools of Education and Nursing, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Concord Law School

    Click here for the full schedule.

    Graduation Event Guide
    Guides were mailed out to those attending the ceremony, and should be received by May 22, 2017. A PDF copy of the guide can be viewed by clicking here

    Flower Pre-Order Sales

    Guests of graduates may pre-order flowers from Flowers for Dreams now through June 1, 2017. Click here to place an order.

    Registration Process

    Step 1Register. Registration for this ceremony has ended. There is no late registration period.

    Step 2: Order your cap and gown. The deadline to place orders online was April 27. Contact Jostens at 800.854.7464 to place your order. Late orders are not guaranteed and may be subject to late fees and/or rush shipping fees. Caps and gowns are not provided by Kaplan University and will not be sold on-site. 

    Step 3: Make any necessary travel plans. Visit the Travel to Graduation page for more info. 


    • April 5, 2017–Last day to register to attend the June 3 graduation in Chicago. Late registrations will not be accepted.
    • April 5, 2017–Last day to submit video entries for the vocalist contest.  
    • April 27, 2017–Last day for graduates to order their caps and gowns. Orders after April 27 are not guaranteed and may be subject to late fees and rush shipping fees.   
    • April 27, 2017–Last day for registered graduates to cancel their attendance without being charged the $125 penalty fee. Email graduation@kaplan.edu to cancel.  
    • May 2, 2017–Last day to reserve a hotel room at the discounted rates.* Visit the Travel to Graduation page for more information. 

     *Hotel reservation deadlines vary. Visit the Hotel page to view each hotel’s deadline.  

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