Aurora University

December Commencement

Spartan Statue

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.

Commencement Ceremony

Graduate and Undergraduate Ceremony
Saturday, December 15, 2018
9 a.m.
Thornton Gymnasium

Countdown to Graduation

September 4, 2018

  • 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
    • Verify diploma mailing address is correct
    • Indicate whether or not you will participate in the ceremony
    • Pay graduation fee (all students must pay fee regardless of participation choice)
  • 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 yours to keep

November 1, 2018

  • Deadline for Graduation Application
    • If you do not complete the Graduation Application by the deadline, please contact the Registar's Office at with Graduation in the subject line or call 630-844-5462.
  • 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 or call 630-844-5410.
  • 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 November 1 preceding commencement and updated upon degree notation.

November 13, 2018

  • Graduation Survey link to be sent to your AU email address
    • Please take a few minutes to complete the brief survey. This survey will help AU better serve students and alumni in their career-planning activities and is an important step in completing your graduation requirements. You must complete the graduation survey before picking up your cap and gown.

November 28, 2018 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Institute for Collaboration Atrium

  • Cap and Gown Day
    • Pick up cap and gown
    • Pick up commencement packet. Packet will include specifics for your commencement ceremony and tickets for your guests.
    • Update information with Office of Alumni Relations
    • Order class ring, diploma frame and personalized announcements
    • Purchase souvenir tassels
    • Get a professional headshot and take pictures with friends

Saturday, December 15, 2018

  • 8:00 a.m.: Graduates and undergraduates arrive at Thornton Gymnasium to line up for 9 a.m. ceremony