2023 Ceremonies

View the list below for information on our upcoming Commencement-related ceremonies in 2023 and remember to continue to check this webpage for details as they come!

Event

Day

Date

Time

Location

Type of Event

Salute
to
Grads Fair

Tuesday

3.7.23

11 a.m.
to
7 p.m.

Hall of
Governors

All Eligible
Graduates

Doctoral Hooding
Ceremony and Reception

Thursday

5.11.23

6:30 p.m.

Center for
Performing Arts
&
Hall of
Governors

Ticketed
Event

Honorary Degree Recipient
Reception and Dinner

Friday

5.12.23

5 p.m.
to
9 p.m.

Center for
Performing Arts

Invitation
Only

Commencement
Day

Saturday

5.13.23

10 a.m.
&
4:30 p.m.

Tinley Park
Convention Center
and Hotel

Ticketed
Event

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View our Commencement 2022 ceremonies to relive the excitement!

College of Arts & Sciences and College of Business

College of Education and College of Health & Human Services


  • Eligible Participants

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    For the 2023 Commencement ceremony, eligible participants are:

    • • 2022 December graduates

    • • 2023 Spring candidates for graduation (who applied by Friday, February 13, 2023)

    • • 2023 Summer candidates for graduation (who applied by Friday, February 13, 2023)

    Participation in Commencement is voluntary.

  • Ceremony Tickets

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    Graduates do not need a ticket for the Commencement Ceremony. Each graduate is eligible to receive a specific allotment of tickets. The exact number of tickets and ticket redemption period will be determined by March 2023 or before. 

    You will receive an email from MarchingOrder on behalf of Governors State University when it is time to claim your guest tickets for your commencement ceremony. When the ticket redemption period begins, you may redeem all or some of your allotted tickets. Once the ticket redemption period closes, we will re-evaluate the number of tickets remaining and re-open to allow for redemption of additional tickets (if available).

    At this time you will also be prompted to record your name pronunciation for your commencement ceremony. This name pronunciation will be used to create the recording of your name that will be read when you walk the stage at your ceremony.

    If you do not receive an email from MarchingOrder on behalf of GSU when tickets become available to claim and you have submitted a RSVP for commencement, please visit Marching Order to register. On this page you will need to select the "Register" button on the bottom left of the screen under New Users. Please register with your GSU email address.

    A live webcast will be available through GSU's website www.govst.edu on Commencement Day.

  • Cap and Gown (Regalia) Online Ordering

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    Cap and Gown (Regalia) Online Ordering

    The online portal will be open for graduates to place their regalia orders through Chicago Balfour.

    If you are a December graduate, the portal will be open Monday, November 21, 2022 from 8 a.m. CST until Sunday, January 29, 2023 11:59 p.m. CST.

    If you are a May graduate, the portal will be open Monday, February 20, 2023 from 8 a.m. CST until Sunday, March 19, 2023 11:59 p.m. CST.

    Delivery will take approximately four weeks. All regalia will be delivered to your home. 

    Select the gown package for the specific degree you’ll be receiving. Your package will include the following:

    • Bachelor: gown, mortarboard, tassel

    • Master: gown, mortarboard, hood, tassel

    • Doctor: gown, tassel, hood and tam

    Note: ALL graduates (Bachelor, Master and Doctor) should order their regalia online before the deadline. All regalia will be shipped directly to your home.

    If you missed the deadline, contact RegOffice@govst.edu for more information. 

    Regalia WILL NOT be distributed on Commencement Day.

  • Commencement Day Information for Graduates

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    This is important information for you to ensure great Commencement experience.

    • Graduates DO NOT need tickets to attend Commencement.

    • All guests MUST have tickets to be seated (including children 2 years and older).

    • A family friendly seating area will be available to guests with children to watch on a monitor.

    • Parking is available in three locations and is very limited, so carpooling is strongly encouraged. 

      • • Tinley Park Convention Center 18451 Convention Center Dr.,Tinley Park (1 block east of Harlem)

      • • Central Middle School 18146 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park (3 blocks east of Harlem)

      • • 80th Avenue Metra Train Station 7760 Timber Dr., Tinley Park (4 blocks west of Harlem)

    • Shuttle buses will be available to transport to/from remote parking lots.

    • DO NOT park in the LA Fitness parking lot. Your car may be ticketed and/or towed.

    • Late arriving students will not be permitted to participate in the processional or walk across the stage–DON'T BE THAT GRADUATE.

    • Inform guests of the college/program you are graduating from, in order to assist with seating (e.g., College of Health and Human Services).

    • Pre-arrange a meeting location to meet family and guests after the ceremony outside of the auditorium.

    • Please leave all personal items, such as purses and bags with your guests or leave locked in your vehicle. GSU and the convention center are NOT responsible for lost or stolen items.

    • Please visit the office in the West Lobby for lost items or for stroller check-in.

    • GSU approved honors cords and stoles may be worn with regalia, including non-academic stoles signifying ethnic identity or country of origin.

    • Graduates should not leave the ceremony floor until the appropriate time. Only Platform Guests, Faculty/Staff, and Marshals will recess out. All graduates are to remain seated throughout the ceremony, unless directed otherwise by the commencement marshals or master of ceremonies.

    • Cellphones should be silenced during the entire ceremony.

    • NO BACKPACKS, CONCEALED WEAPONS, OR FIREARMS ARE ALLOWED IN THE CONVENTION CENTER OR HOTEL.

  • Commencement Day Information for Guests

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    This information is provided so that you and your graduate have a great Commencement experience.

    Ceremonial Etiquette

    The University wants to ensure that commencement is a dignified academic ceremony enjoyed by both the graduates and guests.

    • • Please refrain from yelling, shouting, or whistling until all graduates have been individually acknowledged on stage.

    • NO BULLHORNS ALLOWED.

    • • All guests must have tickets to be seated, including children 2 years and older.

    • • Infants and toddlers may be seated in the lap.

    • • Children may not sit with graduates.

    • • A family friendly seating area will be available to guests with children.
    • • Saving seats is not permitted.

    • • Seats are not guaranteed for late arrivals.

    • • Remain seated for the entire commencement ceremony.

    • Balloons or large gifts are NOT allowed in the convention center.

    • Photography or videotaping are NOT allowed in the front, side, or middle aisles.

    • A live webcast will be available through GSU's website on Commencement day.

    • Cell phones should be turned off and remain off during the ceremony.

    • NO BACKPACKS, CONCEALED WEAPONS AND FIREARMS ARE ALLOWED IN THE CONVENTION CENTER OR HOTEL.

    Commencement Day Specials

    • Chicago Balfour 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 and so much more! Visit their website for more information.

    • GSU Bookstore will be selling clothing apparel and gifts on commencement day by the South Entrance. In honor of graduation, new graduates and guests will receive a 10% discount.

    • Grad Images will be on hand at the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony as well as Commencement Day. Their event-certified professional photographers will capture memories that will last a lifetime. You will be able to order your photographs online after commencement by visiting Grad Images

    • 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 between the West and South Entrances. 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 are to be given to graduates AFTER the ceremony is complete. Floral bouquets may also be pre-ordered visiting The Commencement Group's website.

  • Accommodations and Area Attractions

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    We have arranged for GSU graduates, families and guests to enjoy special rates at the Even Hotel (connected to the Tinley Park Convention Center). By using the code GSU, the room rate is $129 per night. Book a reservation today as rooms are limited. More information on the hotel restaurant is available here.

    Directions and a map to the hotel and Convention Center can be found here. If you’re looking for more information about local attractions and a broader list of things to do, this list provides opportunities and suggestions.  

  • Directions

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    Directions and a map to the hotel and Convention Center can be found here.

    Get directions to the Tinley Park Convention Center from your location by using the map below or visiting Google Maps.

  • Faculty and Staff Regalia

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    To visually demonstrate the prestige of the event as well as to honor your achievements, we strongly encourage you to wear your own Regalia. We have options for Regalia purchase or rental. 

    If you would like to rent faculty regalia, please visit Chicago Balfour’s website. The dates for online ordering are Monday, February 20, 2023 from 8 a.m. CST until Sunday, March 19, 2023 11:59 p.m. CST. Rental of regalia with Chicago Balfour is at the employee’s expense. Please use the website for direct ordering.

    If you would like to purchase Fine Regalia, please order using this form and follow the prompts within the form. Because Fine Regalia is custom made, ordering is available now until Tuesday, March 7, 2023 to ensure delivery for Commencement. 

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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    Are students considered graduates of GSU before Commencement is held?

    A: Yes. Your status as a graduate of GSU will not be affected. If you complete the requirements for a degree for Spring 2023 or Summer 2023, your official transcript will reflect that you've earned a degree, and you will receive your diploma in the mail six to eight weeks after grades have been submitted at the end of the respective term.

    How can students, staff, and faculty members stay updated on what’s going on?

    The best way to stay informed is to regularly check your GSU email. We frequently communicate via email and this is the most effective way to stay up to date with any new or changing information. You can also stay up to date by checking our COVID 19 Updates webpage

    Will the event be livestreamed? 

    A live webcast will be available through GSU's website www.govst.edu on Commencement Day. 

    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.

    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.).

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

    Please consult with the Financial Aid Office to see if this is an option.

    I walked across the stage, doesn't 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.

    When will I receive my diploma?

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

    I missed the deadline to turn in a graduation application, who do I contact?

    If this happens, please consult with your Academic Advisor.

    Where do I pick-up my regalia?

    Regalia will be mailed directly to your home. If you miss the deadline for ordering and shipping to your home, please contact the Registrar.

    REGALIA WILL NOT BE DISTRIBUTED ON COMMENCEMENT DAY

    When does Commencement take place?

    Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2023. There are two ceremonies, depending on your College:

    • • 10 a.m. College of Arts & Sciences and College of Business
    • • 4:30 p.m. College of Education and College of Health & Human Services

    How will I know which 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 (COB), College of Education (COE) and College of Health and Human Services (CHHS).

    How early should I arrive at commencement?

    Participants should arrive 90 minutes before the ceremony. Guests should arrive an hour before the ceremony.

    Where should I park for the Commencement ceremony?

    Parking is available in three locations and is very limited, so carpooling is strongly encouraged.

    • • Tinley Park Convention Center 18451 Convention Center Dr.,Tinley Park (1 block east of Harlem)

    • • Central Middle School 18146 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park (3 blocks east of Harlem)

    • • 80th Avenue Metra Train Station 7760 Timber Dr., Tinley Park (4 blocks west of Harlem)

    Do not park in the LA Fitness parking lot. Shuttle buses will be available for transport between parking lots and convention center –near NORTH ENTRANCE.

    Does my child need a ticket?

    Children who are two and older will require tickets.

    How long is the ceremony?

    The Commencement ceremony lasts approximately two and a half hours.

    Where can I find more details about the Commencement Speaker and Singer application process?

    Visit Jaguar Connection for more information.

  • Commencement Partners

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    Balfour LogoGradImages LogoThe Commencement Group Logo