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    Eligibility

    Ceremony dates will be posted here as they are scheduled. 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 24–25, 2016, Chicago O'Hare/Rosemont, IL
    The Rosemont Theatre
    5400 North River Road
    Rosemont, IL 60018 

    Schedule at a Glance

    Friday, June 24, 2016 
    4:30–6:30 pm: Graduate Check-in and Graduate Services Area Open
    7:00–7:45 pm School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony

    Saturday, June 25, 2016 
    Graduation–All Degree Levels
    9:30 am–11:30 am CT: Ceremony 1
    Commencement for graduates in the Schools of Business and Technology and Health Sciences
    2:00 pm–4:00 pm CT: Ceremony 2
    Commencement for graduates in the Schools of Education and Nursing and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Click here for the full detailed schedule. Register via the link in the Deadlines section below.

    Guests at Graduation

    • Each student may bring up to 10 guests to the ceremony. Students who want to bring more than 10 guests should contact the Graduation Team at graduation@kaplan.edu for approval after they register to attend.

    Deadlines

    • April 27, 2016–Last day to register to attend the June 25 graduation in Chicago. Click here to register.
    • May 19, 2016–Last day for graduates to order their caps and gowns. Click here to place an order through Jostens.
    • May 19, 2016–Last day for registered graduates to cancel their attendance without being charged the $125 penalty fee. Email graduation@kaplan.edu to cancel.
    • May 25, 2016–Last day to reserve a room at Doubletree Hilton Hotel.* Visit the Travel to Graduation page for more information.

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

    Vocalist Contest

    Want to sing the National Anthem at graduation? Click here for details.

    Campus Graduation Ceremonies

    In addition to the ceremonies for online graduates, graduates may attend any of the Kaplan University campus ceremonies. Click here for a list of campus commencement dates, time, and locations.

    Diplomas

    Diplomas are not distributed at the graduation ceremony. Diplomas are mailed by the Office of the Registrar approximately 8 weeks after completion of the final class and all program and financial requirements have been confirmed by University officials according to the University Catalog. For questions regarding diplomas, please email the Office of the Registrar at rsupport@kaplan.edu or call 866.522.7747 (Toll Free).

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