More details about the 2021 Virtual Commencement will be communicated to all graduating students soon. Check back here for more information.

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


    • What is the difference between graduation and commencement?

      Graduation is a process where you complete an application in order to earn your degree. A $125 non-refundable processing fee will be placed on your account. A graduation application is required for each degree you earn at GSU. Commencement is a formal ceremony and participation is voluntary. Participating in the ceremony does not mean your degree has been earned.

    • I will participate in the Virtual Ceremony, does this mean I earned my degree?

      No. Only December graduates from the previous year will have earned degrees by commencement. Since spring and summer graduation applicants are eligible to participate in the ceremony, their degrees will not be posted until after ceremony has taken place.

    • Can I use my financial aid to cover the $125 fee?

      Please consult with the financial aid office to see if you can.

    • What does the graduation fee cover?

      The graduation fee covers the time and paperwork it takes to post your degree. The graduation fee also covers any items related to the commencement ceremony (e.g., student regalia, diploma covers, etc.).

    • When will my diploma be mailed?

      Diplomas are usually mailed six to eight weeks after final grades have been submitted.

    • I missed the deadline to submit a graduation application, who do I contact?

      If this happens, please consult with your academic advisor.

    • When will the Virtual Commencement begin?

      The date and time of the Virtual Commencement Ceremonies will be announced at a later date.

    • How will I know which Virtual Commencement Ceremony I will attend?

      Participants are grouped by Colleges. KNOW YOUR COLLEGE. Governors State University's colleges are the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), College of Business (CB), College of Education (CE) and College of Health and Human Services (CHHS).

    • How long is the Virtual Commencement Ceremony?

      The Virtual Commencement ceremony lasts approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours.

    • Where do I pick-up my regalia?

      If regalia is ordered by Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm, CST, regalia will be shipped directly to the graduate’s home address they provided at the time of their order placed. If graduate placed their order after the deadline, regalia may be picked up at Salute to Grads, Graduation Celebration.

      • All doctoral candidates, student, should order their regalia online and it will be shipped to the home address they provided at the time order was placed.

    • Where can I find more details about the Virtual Commencement Speaker and Vocalist application process?

      Visit Jaguar Connection for more information.

  • Graduate Information



    If you have a physical disability and are in need of special services, please register with Disability Services at 708.235.3968 or  

    Only GSU approved honors cords and stoles may be worn with regalia.




  • Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and Reception


    Virtual Doctoral Hooding Ceremony 

    The Virtual Doctoral Hooding Ceremony is a special recognition ceremony for candidates in the following disciplines: Doctor of Education, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy. A faculty member or special designee places the doctoral hood over the head of the graduate, signifying their success in completing the graduate program.  The virtual ceremony is similar to a graduation in that faculty and students are dressed in academic attire.  The Virtual Hooding Ceremony is a separate event and does not replace the Virtual Commencement Ceremony. Further instructions will be given at a later date.

    All doctoral student, should order your regalia online and it will be shipped to the address you provided on your online order.

  • Eligible Participants


    For the 2021 Virtual Commencement ceremonies, eligible participants are:

    • 2020 Fall graduates
    • 2021 Spring candidates for graduation (who applied by Friday, February 12, 202)
    • 2021 Summer candidates for graduation (who applied by Friday, February 12, 2021)

    Participation in the 2021 Virtual Commencement is voluntary.

    For the Class of 2020 Virtual Commencement ceremony, participants are:

    • 2019 Fall graduates
    • 2020 Spring graduates
    • 2020 Summer graduates

    Participation in the Class of 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony is voluntary.





    The deadline for ordering cap, gown, and hood (if applicable) is Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm.


    Place your order online

    • Click Graduation Caps & Gown
    • Click Student 2021
    • Select gown package for the specific degree you'll be receiving.

  • Salute to Grads Graduation Fair


    Salute to Grads: Commencement Preparation (April 2021, date and time TBD)

    Visit Salute to Grads, Graduation Fair to take care of all of your graduation needs. 

    Jostens will be on hand to order announcements, GSU class rings, diploma frames and much more. LifeTouch Event Photography will be available by appointment only to take professional graduation photos (with regalia) as well as business portrait.

     Jostens provides the cap, gown, and/or hood for graduates. They also offer other wonderful graduation gifts that will help you celebrate the moments you'll treasure for a lifetime–such as rings, announcements, fine jewelry, Uplomas, and so much more! Visit  their website  for more information.

     GSU Bookstore will be selling clothing apparel and gifts. In honor of graduation guests will receive a 10% discount.

     LifeTouch Event Photography will be available by appointment only during Salute to Grads, Graduation Fair in late April 2021. The specific dates will be announced at a later date. Their event-certified professional photographers will capture memories that will last a lifetime.  You will be able to order your photographs online a week after this event by visiting  their website.

      The Commencement Group will have a variety of fresh cut floral bouquets, graduation teddy bears, t-shirts, and kukui nut leis available for guests to purchase online. All floral bouquets will be offered in a variety of colors as half or full dozens; they will also be hand-wrapped on location with baby’s breath and greens, along with a choice of a custom school colored bow. Floral bouquets may also be purchased  online .

    You will receive important information regarding the virtual ceremony, and assistance will be available from the Commencement Office, Career Services, the Alumni Association, the Recreation and Fitness Center, Follett Bookstore, Center for Student Engagement and Intercultural Programs, Veteran's Affairs and Disability Services.



  • Grad Celebration Sponsored by Center for Student Engagement and Intercultural Programs


    The date for Grad Celebration Week is TBD.

  • Commencement Sponsors