A student has the ultimate responsibility to fulfill all graduation requirements as specified in the Illinois Tech Bulletin in effect at the time of admission to Illinois Tech. This includes completing all the curriculum requirements for the degree and complying with all academic and administrative rules governing the specific degree program.
If you intend to participate in commencement be sure to register at the graduation website.
Students who plan to finish all degree requirements must submit an online graduation application by the deadline for the semester of graduation, published on the Academic Calendar. To access the application, go to the Student Records link under the Academics tab in the myIIT portal (see detailed instructions).
All graduation correspondence will be sent to your Illinois Tech email account.
Undergraduate students must complete the following in order to graduate:
Illinois Tech core curriculum (learning goals).
Curriculum requirements including required number of credit hours, for specific degree program.
Academic Residence requirement. The final 45 semester hours towards a degree must be completed at Illinois Tech.
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 and a minimum major grade point average of 2.00. In the event a student completes all curriculum requirements for a specific degree program but does not meet a minimum grade point average, written approval of both the student's department chair and dean of the Undergraduate College is required prior to registering for additional courses.
Completion of all the above within a period of eight calendar years from the semester of initial admission for full-time students or twelve calendar years for part-time students after achieving degree-seeking status. A student may petition the major department and the dean of the Undergraduate College to have this period extended; if approved, this extension may involve additional compensating academic requirements.
Payment of all financial obligations to the university.
Students who plan to finish all degree requirements must submit an online graduation application by the deadline for the semester of graduation, published on the Academic Calendar. To access the application, go to the Student Records link under the Academics tab in the myIIT portal (detailed instructions). Please note, master’s level students must have earned a minimum of 15 credits, while Ph.D. students must have earned a minimum of 69 credits, in order to access the online application. Once the application is processed, the graduation application fee will be billed to your student account.
All students (Undergraduate, Graduate and Doctorate), who are eligible to graduate in December 2017, May 2018 or August 2018, are encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony on May 12, 2018. Illinois Tech hosts only ONE commencement ceremony per academic year in May and eligible graduates are welcome to attend. Students eligible to attend the May 12, 2018 commencement ceremony are graduates from the Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 terms.
RSVP for the Commencement Ceremony
Ensure you have applied to graduate Click here to apply to graduate. If you plan to graduate in Summer 2018, apply to graduate before the commencement ceremony RSVP deadline. You must apply to graduate before you can RSVP to the commencement ceremony.
RSVP to the commencement ceremony by submitting the ceremony response form by Wednesday, March 1, 2018. This is NOT the same as the degree conferral form required to apply to graduate. Failure to submit the commencement ceremony response form by the deadline, will forfeit your guaranteed number of guest tickets and force you to be placed on a waiting list for guest tickets. Click Here to complete the commencement ceremony response.
You will receive important information and reminders to your Illinois Tech email address regarding graduation and commencement. Please check your Illinois Tech email address frequently for emails regarding instructions, procedures and deadlines regarding your commencement. If using another primary email address, please forward your Illinois Tech email to that personal email address to ensure compliance.
Graduate Salute & Tickets
Mark your calendar to stop by Graduate Salute on either date in the Ballroom of Hermann Hall from noon–7 pm on April 23th or 24th, 2018. in order to pick up your cap and gown (regalia) and your guest tickets. You can also have your photo taken in your regalia and order your class ring.
If you are unable to attend Graduate Salute, you will be able to pick up your cap and gown the morning of commencement and you may pick up your reserved tickets the week before commencement from the Office of the Dean.
Note: Students that indicated they would attend commencement before the March 2, 2018 deadline will have tickets reserved and available for pick-up at Graduate Salute. Students that responded after March 2, 2018 to the commencement ceremony will not have guaranteed tickets.
Extra Tickets: With the growing class size of SAT students, we have reached the maximum capacity of our ceremony space. We know the importance of graduation and recognize that some students may wish to have additional tickets. Because tickets will be extremely limited, we suggest you try to get tickets from a fellow SAT student who has extras. The Office of the Dean will also have a ticket lottery available from which you can receive a maximum of two additional tickets.
SAT Commencement (Academic Unit Ceremony)
Congratulations on this momentous achievement. Dean Carlson and all the SAT faculty and staff want to make your commencement day a wonderful experience. In order to help make this day great for everyone, please read all the information provided below.
Please arrive to the MTCC before 8:30am. Starting at 8:30, you will gather with the SAT group in Center Court.
Remember to bring your regalia to the ceremony.
All graduating students must have their ID or know the their ID number to check-in to the SAT Ceremony.
Commencement Schedule for the Graduates
Please note NO guests are allowed in the MTCC
|7:30 am – 8:30 am||Pick up tickets/regalia or make exchanges for incorrect regalia in the MTCC; See Jeremy Hajek at SAT Table|
|8:30 am – 9:00 am||All SAT students report to Center Court in the MTCC|
|9:15 am||Begin Opening Ceremony Processional line up|
|9:30 am||Process to Ed Glancy Field|
Commencement Schedule for Guests
Please note NO guests are allowed in the MTCC
|8:30am||Gates open for guest seating (at Ed Glancy Field)|
|9:30am||Gates close to guests to allow student procession|
|10:00am||Commencement opening ceremony begins|
Opening Ceremony Schedule for all Illinois Tech Graduates (tickets required)
|10:00 am||Opening Ceremony begins Ed Glancy Field|
|11:30 am||Opening Ceremony concludes – all SAT students report immediately to Keating Sports Center, 3040 S Wabash Ave, Chicago|
SAT Ceremony (Academic Unit Ceremony) Schedule (tickets required)
*NO admittance to Keating Sports Center before 11:30am
|11:30am||Building opens to Faculty, Staff & Guests|
|11:30am||Student Check-in & Line-Up Begins|
|12:30pm||Procession/Ceremony Beings/Diploma Received|
|2:00pm||Class Picture of SAT Graduates|
SAT Student Commencement Speakers
RYAN TRAN, BINTM
Background: Transferred from the Ohio State University, originally majoring in Computer Science. Wanted to come back to Chicago, was attracted by Illinois Tech's reputation for combining Tech and business; found INTM, and changed focus to supply chain.
Things to share: Loves to travel and experience different places and cultures. Plans to go to Bali after graduation and before starting a career in supply chain.
Background: Undergraduate in India - Bachelor in Biotechnology and Information Technology (Double major). Worked as Systems Engineer at TATA consultancy services, India. Masters - Food process engineering - Graduated in December 2017.
Job title and company : Product development scientist at Naturex
Other thing I would like to share : Loving all my roles in my life, as wife, mother, daughter, student, scientist and woman.
Why FdSn : I'm passionate about learning food processing and packaging technology and my great love for numbers pushed me to pursue my masters in food process engineering. Illinois Tech is a great place for food science research with many talented doctorates and research scholars, which really emphasized my innovative research ideas and helped me to set my career in right direction. Always proud to be a part of Illinois Tech family.
Important Information for Graduates and Guests
You can park in any open lot on campus. There are no permits required on commencement day. Parking is free.
Last-Minute Regalia Pick-Up
If you need to pick up your tickets and/or regalia the day of commencement, find Jeremy Hajek between 7:30 and 8:30 am in the MTCC at the SAT table near the Bookstore and Global Grounds.
Find answers to common graduation and commencement questions here:
Graduate & Doctoral Graduation:
A professional photographer will be on site to take pictures of the ceremony. You are permitted to have all copies of the full-resolution photographs that are taken at the ceremony. Instructions for how to obtain your photographs will be emailed 7-10 days after the ceremony. Family and friends will not be able to take pictures from anywhere but their seats during the ceremony.
Check back links will be published here »
You should wear the academic cap as near level on the head as possible. All tassels should be worn on the right side of the cap. After you receive your diploma at the Academic Unit Ceremony, tassels should be moved to the left side.
Gowns should be closed in front as much as possible. Graduating students should wear business attire under their gowns and dark dress shoes. If you bring a jacket or a purse, please leave it with one of your guests. NOTE: Illinois Tech will not assume responsibility for lost or misplaced belongings.
Men should remove their caps in unison with the president and the faculty during the singing of The Star Spangled Banner. Women will always keep their caps on. Candidates will remain standing during The Star Spangled Banner. Please be seated after the singing of The Star Spangled Banner.
In the event of heavy persistent rain, dangerous winds, lightning, hail or other threatening weather conditions, the Main Commencement Ceremony may be delayed, abbreviated or canceled. If the Main Ceremony is delayed, the Academic Unit Ceremonies may also be delayed.
An announcement regarding any changes in the Commencement Day schedule will be made prior to the start of the Main Ceremony. The Commencement website will also be updated with any announcements as they become available. You are urged to come to the ceremony prepared with appropriate clothing, including low-heeled shoes, and rain gear such as umbrellas. Rain ponchos will be provided as guests enter the field.
Please Note: The Main Ceremony will only be affected by the presence or imminent threat of severe weather. Severe weather is defined as potentially dangerous weather, torrential downpour, high winds, lightning, and any other unsafe conditions for our guests to remain outside. A severe weather emergency is defined as a tornado, microburst, and other severely damaging weather.
Otherwise, the event will remain outdoors and take place as scheduled.
An announcement regarding any changes in the Commencement Day schedule will be made prior to the start of the Main Ceremony. The Commencement website will also be updated with any announcements as they become available.
Illinois Tech Opening Commencement Ceremony:
Illinois Tech’s Commencement Website: http://web.iit.edu/commencement
Illinois Tech 2018 Speaker Info: https://web.iit.edu/commencement/2017-2018-commencement-speaker
About Graduation Ceremonies
Graduation is the act or receiving an academic diploma or degree upon fulfilment of required academic objectives. Most institutes of higher learning consider graduating as the act of completing all your academic requirements in order to receive a degree as the end result. Some institutions might go as far to state that inclusive within completing academic requirements, is the fulfillment of financial obligations and the application for degree conferral prior to being finalized as a graduate. In the United States, the academic ceremony where students become graduates is referred to as commencement.
Commencement ceremonies often include a procession of the academic staff and candidates, a formal speaker who addresses the graduates at a main ceremony. Depending upon the size of a college or university, the main ceremony is sometimes followed by individual academic unit ceremonies, where graduates actually processes across a stage and accept their diplomas from a Dean or Chair of their college. At the college and university level the faculty will usually wear regalia (academic dress) at formal ceremonies, along with trustees, distinguished academic guest, and degree candidates.
About Graduation Ceremonies Graduation is the act or receiving an academic diploma or degree upon fulfilment of required academic objectives. Most institutes of higher learning consider graduating as the act of completing all your academic requirements in order to receive a degree as the end result. Some institutions might go as far to state that inclusive within completing academic requirements, is the fulfillment of financial obligations and the application for degree conferral prior to being finalized as a graduate. In the United States, the academic ceremony where students become graduates is referred to as commencement. Commencement ceremonies often include a procession of the academic staff and candidates, a formal speaker who addresses the graduates at a main ceremony. Depending upon the size of a college or university, the main ceremony is sometimes followed by individual academic unit ceremonies, where graduates actually processes across a stage and accept their diplomas from a Dean or Chair of their college. At the college and university level the faculty will usually wear regalia (academic dress) at formal ceremonies, along with trustees, distinguished academic guest, and degree candidates.