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2022 In-Person Commencement!

​​Date: Friday, July 8, 2022

Time: 12:00pm (Noon) CST

Check-In: 10:00am CST

LocationArie Crown Theater (McCormick Place)

2301 S. Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Dr.

Chicago, IL 60616

Student Speakers: ​Laticia Caesar-Thompson (Chicago) & Natalie Paquet Croteau (Online)

All graduates from Fall 2019 – Spring 2022 are eligible to participate. All students graduating in Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 are eligible to participate pending department review. Anyone with outstanding degree requirements or anticipated graduation dates after July 8 will need to be approved by their Department Chair to participate in the Commencement ceremony. ​


2022 Commencement Livestream

The link to the livestream for the 2022 Commencement is now live! Please access it here: https://youtu.be/gYCYNH_Ff7Y


Getting to the Venue & Parking Information

The Arie Crown Theater is located in Lakeside Center at McCormick Place, just 2.5 miles south of downtown Chicago. The theater is accessible by both CTA and Metra. Transit directions can be found at the link below:
Taxi services pick up and drop off at the Arie Crown Theatre. Cabs may be available outside the theater after the ceremony, but you are encouraged to arrange your own ride.

If driving, please note that parking is located in lot 'C.' It is suggested that guests who park in lot 'C' enter through gates 31 and 37. Parking costs $25.00. 
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Check out Participant Information for dates, times, guest ticket information, and how to RSVP.​

Check out Guest Information for guest and covid protocol information and hotel room blocks.


Please contact [email protected] with any questions.​​

 Participant Information

Participant Information​

​​​The 2022 Chicago Campus Commencement will be held in-person on Friday, July 8th at Noon at the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place, located at 2301 S. Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, S. Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60616

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Ceremony & Graduate Check-In Information

Date:  Friday, July 8, 2022
Place: Arie Crown Theater (2301 S. Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Dr. Chicago IL, 60616)
Schedule:
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 am.: Student Check-In & Portraits
  • 10:30 am –11:00 a.m.: Accommodated Seating
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 p.m.: General Seating​
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 p.m.: Student & Faculty Line-Up
  • 12:00 pm - 2:30 p.m.: Commencement Ceremony 
Graduate check-in will be held in the first-floor lobby of Arie Crown Theater

  • Student Check-in: We will begin checking in students at 10:00 AM at the venue on the morning of the ceremony and we encourage you to arrive right at 9:00 AM. Check-in will consist of receiving your commencement name card (you'll find out what this means at the student commencement training!), verifying you have regalia for the ceremony, and more. We highly recommend that you arrive for check-in early, but you must arrive no later than 11:30 AM, as we will begin lining up students for the ceremony by 11:45AM. 
    • If you indicated you're a First Generation student on the Intent to Participate form, we will give you your First Gen honor cord during student check-in.
  • Ceremony Run-Time: The Commencement Ceremony will begin at 12:00 PM and will likely last around 2.5 - 3 hours. If you are making reservations for lunch/dinner after the commencement ceremony, we recommend giving yourself a bit of wiggle room between the ceremony and the reservation to allow for if the ceremony runs long and for post-ceremony photos, should you wish to take any. We ask that you stay for the entirety of the ceremony. 
  • Venue Doors: The Arie Crown Theater will open its doors for guests to enter at 10:30 AM for ADA Seating and 11:00 AM for general seating. Seating in the theater is first-come, first-serve with the exception of reserved seats which will be noted on the chair. We are expecting the venue to be completely full, so we recommend that your guests arrive early at the venue as well. Venue doors will close to guests around 12:00 PM while the ceremony begins and will reopen shortly after. ​
  • You will receive a line-up card at check-in. Do not lose this card. It will have all information needed to announce you on stage.
  • We will have plenty of volunteers available. If you have a question, just ask!
  • Don’t carry anything with you that you don’t want on stage—this includes purses and cell phone
Notes on attire:
  • Robes will fall about mid-calf.
  • You will need to walk up and down stairs—please plan footwear accordingly!
  • Graduates are encouraged to dress up for the ceremony and receptions: business casual or professional attire is recommended.


Student Speakers

The Student Speaker application for the 2022 Commencement ceremony is now closed. We are excited to announce that our two speakers, representing both the Online and Chicago campuses, for this year's ceremony are:

Laticia Caesar-Thompson (Chicago) and Natalie Paquet Croteau (Online)

Congratulations to them both!

Commencement Informational Sessions

You can view the presentation and recording from the informational session by clicking the link here​.​

Commencement Guests and COVID Protocols

Those participating in commencement and guests will be subject to certain COVID protocols to ensure the safety of all involved. 

Students: Will need to wear a mask to attend the Commencement ceremony. Students are allowed to take their masks off when walking across the stage to receive their diploma covers and take pictures while on stage.

Guests: Will be required to wear a mask to attend the Commencement ceremony. Guest ages three and above will need a guest ticket to attend commencement. Guests who do not abide by our mask policy will be denied entry or asked to leave the ceremony. ​

A limited supply of masks will be available on-site for those who require one.

Students will be given up seven guest tickets. For more information on tickets and pick-up times, please review the information in the following section.

Finally, in order to keep our community safe, we will be continuing to monitor COVID infection rates across Chicago and CDC guidelines throughout this time before the event takes place. Should the event become unsafe to hold in-person, we will have the right to cancel or reschedule this in-person ceremony.

Please contact [email protected]with any questions. 


Guest Ticket Pick-Up Information

Pick up your tickets at the 4th floor reception desk of 325 N. Wells St now through  July 7.​

If you are unable to pick up your tickets and honor cord during this time, your guests can pick them up at the graduate check-in table at the Arie Crown Theater on the day of the ceremony. The will-call table will be located near the Box office near the entrance of the theater. Inform your guests to provide your name so they receive the correct amount of guest tickets you requested.

Ticket pickup times:​
8:00​ a.m. – 8:50p.m. Monday – Thursday through June 30 (325 N. Wells, 4th Floor)​
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. July 1 and July 5-7 (325 N. Wells, 4th Floor)​
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. July 8 (Arie Crown Theater)


Celebration Dates and times​

​​Date: Friday, July 8, 2022

Time: 12:00pm (Noon) CST

Check-In: 10:00am CST

Location: Arie Crown Theater (McCormick Place)

2301 S. Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Dr.

Chicago, IL 60616

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 Guest Information

​​Guest Information

Commencement ​Guests and COVID Protocols (Subject to Change)

Those participating in commencement and guests will be subject to certain COVID protocols to ensure the safety of all involved. 

Students: Will need to wear a mask to attend the Commencement ceremony. Students are allowed to take their masks off when walking across the stage to receive their diploma covers and take pictures while on stage.

Guests: Will be required to wear a mask to attend the Commencement ceremony. Guest ages three and above will need a guest ticket to attend commencement. Guests who do not abide by our mask policy will be denied entry or asked to leave the ceremony. ​

A limited supply of masks will be available on-site for those who require one.

Students will be given up seven guest tickets. Guest ticket pick-up information will be detailed below. Please note: We kindly ask that only the graduates come to pick up their guest tickets. 


Pick up your tickets at the 4th floor reception desk of 325 N. Wells St now through  July 7.​

If you are unable to pick up your tickets and honor cord during this time, your guests can pick them up at the graduate check-in table at the Arie Crown Theater on the day of the ceremony. The will-call table will be located near the Box office near the entrance of the theater. Inform your guests to provide your name so they receive the correct amount of guest tickets you requested.

Ticket pickup times:​
8:00 a.m. – 8:50 p.m. Monday – Thursday through June 30 (325 N. Wells, 4th Floor)​
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. July 1 and July 5-7 (325 N. Wells, 4th Floor)​
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. July 8 (Arie Crown Theater)


Finally, in order to keep our community safe, we will be continuing to monitor COVID infection rates across Chicago and CDC guidelines throughout this time before the event takes place. Should the event become unsafe to hold in-person, we will have the right to cancel or reschedule this in-person ceremony.

Please contact [email protected]with any questions. ​

Hotel Room Blocks


Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Downtown/River North

Address: 30 E. Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60611​

Chicago School Commencement Room Block

Start Date: Thursday, July 7, 2022

End Date: Friday, July 8, 2022

Last Date to Book: Thursday, June 9, 2022, 5:00PM CST

Rate 166USD - 176USD plus tax per night

Book your group rate for Chicago School Graduation Commencement Room Block Jul2022 

Reservations can also be made by calling the Marriott Reservation Center toll-free​ at 1(800)321-2211.

Hotel FAQ

1. What time is check-in and check out? Guaranteed Check-in is at 4 pm and Check-Out is at 12pm.

2. What if I need an additional night or day? Please contact Ingrid Galindo at [email protected] or Office: 312-595-6403.

3. Does the hotel have parking? Valet Parking is available at a rate of $72 a night.

4. For additional questions or inquiries, please contact Ingrid Galindo at [email protected] or Office: 312-595-6403.​


Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

Address: 2233 South King Drive, Chicago, IL  60616, USA

Chicago of Professional Psychology Room Block

Book your group rate for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology Room

Start Date: Thursday, July 7, 2022

End Date: Friday, July 8, 2022

Last Date to Book: June 16, 2022, 5:00PM CST

Rate 269USD plus tax per night

Reservations can also be made by calling 877-803-8534 and mentioning the Chicago of Professional Psychology Room Block.

Hotel FAQ

1. What time is check-in and check out? Guaranteed Check-in is at 3 pm and Check-Out is at 12pm.

2. What if I need an additional night or day? The link provided will show the availability and the rate when booking. If the dates are not available, the hotel does not have availability. 

3. Does the hotel have parking? Self-parking is available at a rate of $28 a night with unlimited in and out privileges 

4. For additional questions or inquiries, please contact 877-803-8534 and mention the Chicago of Professional Psychology Room Block.


Residence Inn Chicago Downtown/Loop

Address: 11 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60603

Chicago School Commencement Room Block

Book your group rate for The Chicago School Commencement Room Block

Start Date: Thursday, July 7, 2022

End Date: Saturday, July 9, 2022

Last Day to Book: June 9th, 2022, 5:00PM CST

Rate: 229USD plus tax per night

Hotel FAQ

1. What time is check-in and check-out? Guaranteed Check-in is at 4 pm and Check-Out is at 12pm.

2. What if I need an additional night or day? Dependent on availability for that rate. Please contact Julie Schumacher at 312.690.5060. [email protected].

3. Does the hotel have parking? Self-parking for $51 per night at the WMW Garage, located at 172 W Madison.

4. For additional questions or inquiries, please contact Julie Schumacher at 312.690.5060. [email protected]


The Westin Michigan Avenue

Address: 909 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

The Chicago School Commencement Room Block

Book your group rate for The Chicago School Commencement Room Block

RESERVATIONS by phone:

For your guests to make reservations please have them call the toll free reservations line at 1-888-627-8385 and reference The Chicago School Commencement Room Block. Your guests will only need to reference your group block name to secure the rate. When booking on-phone the rate is only valid for the dates listed below.

Start Date: Thursday, July 7, 2022

End Date: Friday, July 9, 2022

Last Date to Book: June 9, 2022, 5:00PM CST

Rate 174USD – 194USD plus tax per night 

Hotel FAQ

1. What time is check-in and check-out? Guaranteed Check-in is at 4 pm and Check-Out is at 12pm.

2. What if I need an additional night or day? You can reach out to the hotel directly at +1 312-943-7200 or email Madison Dammann at [email protected] to inquire based on availability.

3. Does the hotel have parking? Self-parking is available at a rate of 55 USD per day.

4. For additional questions or inquiries, please contact the hotel directly at +1 312-943-7200 or email Madison Dammann at [email protected].


Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

Address: 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

The Chicago School Commencement Room Block

Book your group rate for The Chicago School Commencement Room Block

Start Date: Thursday, July 7, 2022

End Date: Friday, July 9, 2022

Last Date to Book: June 9, 2022, 5:00PM CST

Rate 270USD – 280USD plus tax per night 

Hotel FAQ

Contact Hotel at 1-877-303-0104 for more information mention the Chicago School Commencement Room Block.


The Marriott Marquis Chicago

Address: 2121 South Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

The Chicago School Commencement July 2022 Room Block

Book your group rate for The Chicago School Commencement Room Block

Start Date: Thursday, July 7, 2022

End Date: Friday, July 9, 2022

Last Date to Book: June 9, 2022, 5:00PM CST

Rate 264USD plus tax per night.

Hotel FAQ

Contact Hotel at 1-312-824-0500 for more information and mention the Chicago School Commencement Room Block.


Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile

Address: 165 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611​

Chicago School Commencement Room Block

Start Date: Thursday, July 7, 2022

End Date: Friday, July 9, 2022

Last Date to Book: Tuesday, June , 2022, 5:00PM CST

Rate 189USD plus tax per night

Book your group rate for Chicago School of Professional Psychology
 

Hotel FAQ

1. What time is check-in and check out? Guaranteed Check-in is at 4 pm and Check-Out is at 11am.

2. What if I need an additional night or day? Please contact Laura Brown at [email protected] or Office: (312) 573-0800. Be sure to reference the hotel room block if you are contacting by phone.
 

3. Does the hotel have parking? Self-parking is available at a rate of $59 a night (in/out) at the Ontario & St. Clair garage. If you do not want the in & out option, parking is $55 a night.

4. For additional questions or inquiries, please contact Laura Brown at [email protected] or Office: (312) 573-0800.​


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