Congratulations, graduates! You will soon be part of the AU alumni family. You've worked hard and we're looking forward to celebrating your accomplishments at Commencement 2016.

Commencement Ceremonies

GWC Ceremony
Saturday, May 7, 2016
11:00 a.m.
Ferro Pavilion

AU Graduate Ceremony
Sunday, May 8, 2016
10:00 a.m.
Aurora University Quadrangle

AU Undergraduate Ceremony
Sunday, May 8, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Aurora University Quadrangle

Countdown to Graduation

October 15, 2015

  • Graduation Application becomes available on WebAdvisor
    Potential undergraduate degree candidates: If you have not yet received a degree check, please contact the Crouse Center at 630-844-6870. To complete your degree and receive a diploma, whether or not you plan to participate in the ceremony, you must complete the Graduation Application.
    • Verify name to be printed on diploma
    • Indicate whether or not you will participate in the ceremony
    • Pay graduation fee (fee is due at time of graduation, but you can apply now.)
  • Cap and Gown ordering begins
    • Order your cap and gown from Herff Jones
    • You must have a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony
    • Cap and gown is free and yours to keep

March 4, 2016

  • Deadline for Graduation Application
    • If you do not complete the Graduation Application by March 4, please contact Kendra Trudo at 630-844-5413 or
  • Deadline to order cap and gown
    • You will not be able to participate in the ceremony if you do not order an Aurora University cap and gown. If you have questions, please contact Lisa Waters at 630-844-6199 or
  • Registrar confirms graduation honors
    • You can find graduation honors requirements here. Honors will be based on the cumulative GPA and semester hours completed as of the end of the current academic year's fall term and updated upon degree notation.

March 25, 2016

  • Graduation packet is mailed to students' permanent address
    • Packet will include specifics for your commencement ceremony and tickets for your guests

April 19 and April 20, 2016 | 10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Institute for Collaboration Atrium

  • Cap and Gown Days
    • Pick up cap and gown
    • Update information with Office of Alumni Relations
    • Financial Aid and Graduate Admission representatives will be available
    • Order class ring, diploma frame and personalized announcements
    • Purchase souvenir tassels

April 22, 2016 | 2:00 p.m. | Crimi Auditorium

  • Honors Convocation
    • Recipients of the Gold Ivy Leaf and university awards will be recognized. Recipients and their families will be invited to attend via postal mail and email.

Friday, May 6, 2016 | 11:00 a.m. | Thornton Gymnasium 

  • Commencement Rehearsal and Senior Luncheon
    • Aurora campus undergraduates to attend
    • You do not need to bring your cap and gown to rehearsal

Sunday, May 8, 2016

  • 9:15 a.m.: Graduates arrive at Thornton Gymnasium to line up for 10:00 a.m. ceremony
  • 1:15 p.m.: Undergraduates arrive at Thornton Gymnasium to line up for 2:00 p.m. ceremony
Contact Us

Graduation Requirements, Grades, Transcripts


Cap and Gown

Herff Jones

Announcements, Class Rings and Diploma Frames

Herff Jones


Missy Talkington

Accessibility on Commencement Day

Missy Talkington

George Williams College

GWC Commencement website

Woodstock Center

Woodstock students can select to participate in either the GWC campus ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2016 or the Aurora campus ceremony on Sunday, May 8, 2016.

Commencement Day


A professional photographer will take each graduate's photo as they receive their diploma. The graduate will receive a proof of the photos via email after the ceremony and will be able to order prints.

Cameras are permitted, but guests are asked to remain in their seats during the ceremony.


The ceremony is videotaped and streamed live at; the video will be available for replay afterward.


Fresh flowers are available for purchase before and after the ceremony, courtesy of Grad Flowers.

Severe Weather

In the event that severe weather occurs during the ceremony, the President will immediately conclude the event. Campus Public Safety officers and university staff will direct attendees to designated areas of shelter. The ceremony will not be resumed; Degree candidates may go directly to Thornton Gymnasium for graduation photographs.