Commencement Information

51st Annual Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Physical Education Center (PEC)

You can watch a live stream of the ceremony here.

The ceremony is also being shown on the following cable systems

  • Comcast in Glen Ellyn on Channel 18
  • WOW in Glen Ellyn on Channel 24
  • Comcast in Wheaton on Channel 99
  • Comcast in West Chicago on Channel 18

Apply to Graduate 

All students who earn a degree or certificate in the academic year (fall term through summer term) may participate in the graduation ceremony. In order to have your name listed in the Commencement program, your application must be submitted to the Office of Student Records by March 15, 2018. The Office of Student Records is in the process of finalizing the registration and ticket delivery processes for this year's ceremony. Details will be posted to this page as they become available.

Degree and Certificate Requirements

If you have any questions regarding your degree of certificate credits, please check with the Office of Student Records in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2150, or call (630) 942-2260. It is not necessary to complete your degree requirements by May 2018, but they should be met by the end of the Summer 2018 term. Everyone will receive a diploma cover on the night of the Commencement Ceremony. The actual diploma will be mailed upon completion of your degree requirements. View Graduation Requirements

Name in Commencement Program

If you applied to graduate through the Office of Student Records by March 15, 2018, your name will appear in the Commencement Program. This is the deadline for the program to go to print. 

Caps, Gowns and Tassels

Commencement materials are available in the College of DuPage Bookstore beginning Monday, April 17. Graduates are encouraged to purchase their materials as soon as possible. All graduates who choose to participate in the Commencement ceremony must wear the appropriate hunter green cap and gown, which can be purchased in the campus Bookstore. In 2010, we changed to a new shade of green so you will not be able to use previous years' regalia. Purchasing early will ensure a correct fit.

College of DuPage Bookstore Hours and Contact Information

Monday to Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(630) 942-2360 

Honor Society membership recognition is through the individual purchase of a stole or cord. Please contact your honor society advisor for information. Only one stole may be worn and it must be from the approved list below:

Alpha Beta Gamma – Sapphire Blue Stole
Alpha Mu Gamma – Red and Blue Cords
Alpha Delta Nu – Apricot Cords
Kappa Delta Pi - Purple and Green Cords
LEX Paralegal Honorary – Purple Stole
Omega Lamda Nu - Forest Green and Maroon Cords
Phi Theta Kappa – Gold Stole (and gold tassel)
Psi Beta – Gold Cords
Tau Upsilon Alpha – Blue, White and Gold Cords


Day of Commencement Schedule

Friday, May 18, 2018
   5:15 p.m.     Graduates Report to PEC Arena

   5:30 p.m.     Commencement Rehearsal Begins

   6:30 p.m.     Doors Open for Guests

   7 p.m.          Commencement Begins

   9 p.m.          Reception Begins


Guests Needing Assistance

Any guests who have difficulty walking long distances or navigating hills should be dropped off at the designated entrance. Seating accommodations are available for persons with wheelchairs (COD does not provide wheelchairs). When registering for the ceremony, be sure to indicate if any of your guests are in a wheelchair or will need sign language interpreters. As a graduate, if you need any type of special accommodation, please contact Shannon Hernandez at (630) 942-3054 or


Graduates will receive a photographer's card along with their seating assignment prior to the graduation ceremony.

During the graduation ceremony, a professional photographer from GradTrak will take a photograph of each graduate receiving their diploma cover. There is no obligation to purchase the photo.

In order to ensure an orderly ceremony, we do not allow personal photographs and videos to be taken from the aisles. Personal photographs can be taken after the ceremony at the reception.

Approximately one week after the graduation ceremony you will receive an email with ordering information. You may also visit

If you have questions please contact the Office of Student Life at or (630) 942-2243.


Outstanding Graduates for 2017


Renee Mecklenburg and Safia Khan

Safia Khan and Renee Mecklenburg, both of Lombard, are the 2017 Outstanding Graduates at College of DuPage.

Outstanding Grads

  • Spotlight: Safia Khan

    Safia KhanAssociate in Science

    “I would tell prospective students to not be afraid to get outside of their comfort zone. The only way to learn what your limits are is to push past them. I learned what my potential is, so don’t be afraid to walk through waters of uncertainty.”

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  • Spotlight: Renee Mecklenburg

    Renee MecklenburgNursing

    “I’m 40, a returning student and this is my second career. I have a sense of pride that I did this, and if I can do this, then anybody can.”

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  • Spotlight: Student Spotlight: Stephanie Przybyla

    Stephanie PrzybylaAccounting

    “COD helped me tremendously as I moved toward my educational and career goals. By taking business courses and asking my teachers, specifically my accounting professors, for professional advice, they guided me throughout my journey at COD.”

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  • Spotlight: Student Spotlight: Bingxin "Victoria" Xu

    Bingxin "Victoria" XuAssociate in Arts

    “I had my goal but no precise plan on how to achieve it, so it took some deep thought, guidance and experimentation to line up all the right classes. COD provides a comfortable and friendly learning atmosphere.”

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