Commencement

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 2018.

Commencement Ceremonies

GWC Ceremony
Saturday, May 5, 2018
11 a.m.
Ferro Pavilion

AU Graduate Ceremony
Sunday, May 6, 2018
9 a.m.
Aurora University Quadrangle

AU Undergraduate Ceremony
Sunday, May 6, 2018
2 p.m.
Aurora University Quadrangle

Countdown to Graduation

October 1, 2017

  • 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

March 2, 2018

  • Deadline for Graduation Application
    • If you do not complete the Graduation Application by the deadline, please contact the Registar's Office at registrar@aurora.edu 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 commencement@aurora.edu 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 March 15 preceding commencement and updated upon degree notation.

March 26, 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.
    • Note: December grads will receive the survey link on December 1, 2017, January 15, 2018 or March 26, 2018 depending upon date applied.

April 10 and April 11, 2018 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Institute for Collaboration Atrium

  • Cap and Gown Days
    • 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 your picture taken at the photo booth

April 20, 2018 | 2 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 4, 2018 | 11 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 6, 2018

  • 8:15 a.m.: Graduates arrive at Thornton Gymnasium to line up for 9 a.m. ceremony
  • 1:15 p.m.: Undergraduates arrive at Thornton Gymnasium to line up for 2 p.m. ceremony
Contact Us

Graduation Requirements, Grades, Transcripts

630-844-5462
registrar@aurora.edu

Graduation Fee

630-844-5470
student.accts@aurora.edu

Cap and Gown

Herff Jones

Announcements, Class Rings and Diploma Frames

Jostens
Herff Jones

Accessibility on Commencement Day

630-844-7842
commencement@aurora.edu

George Williams College

GWC Commencement website

Woodstock Center and Online Students

Woodstock Center and Online students can select to participate in either the GWC campus ceremony on Saturday, May 5, 2018, or the Aurora campus ceremony on Sunday, May 6, 2018.

Commencement Day

Photography

A professional photographer will take each graduate's photo as he/she receives his/her diploma. The graduate will receive a proof of the photos via email after the ceremony and will be able to order prints. For more information, visit MyGradPic.

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

Video

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

Flowers

Fresh flowers are available for purchase before and after the ceremony.

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.