Don't miss out!  Take advantage of all the Dual Degree Program has to offer while you complete your associate degree, all the way through the completion of your bachelor's degree.  From DDP Induction to our exclusive Cording Ceremonies, the Dual Degree Program has numerous ways to network with other transfer students who currently attend GovState, as well as those still in pursuit of the associates degree at one of our 17 partner community colleges.  Current DDP students may contact or check out the most recent DDP Newsletter for details on upcoming event dates. You may also visit the Dual Degree Program's Facebook page for recent event photos and special announcements.

Need to enroll in DDP?  Click on your community college's tab to the left, and schedule a virtual appointment with your designated DDP Transfer Specialist to get enrolled in the Dual Degree Program today!

  • Save the Dates!


    Event invitations are sent directly to currently enrolled DDP students via email or USPS mail.  You are welcome to contact the Dual Degree Program at (708) 534-4494 or dualdegree@govst.eduto find out more! 


    UPCOMING EVENTS For Spring 2024 

    DDP Back-2-School Social
    Wednesday, January 24, 2024,  3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Governors State University, Hall of Honors (D1430)
    Opportunity for current Dual Degree Program students from all stages of the transfer process to meet at GovState, win DDP prizes, and grab a snack to and from class!


    Scholarship Deadline for "Summer/Spring 2024 Transfers"
    Thursday, February 22, 2024 11:59pm 
    For those transferring to GovState in the Summer or Fall 2024, visit the DDP Scholarship page for further details, or contact a DDP Transfer Specialist to learn more.   


    DDP Orientation - Spring Option 
    Friday, April 12, 2024, from 1:00pm - 4:00pm 

    Governors State University,
    For DDP students who are still pursing an associate degree at their local community college and have not yet attended a past orientation. Participants will receive an orientation to the Dual Degree Program, and will have the opportunity to meet GovState administration and staff, and receive helpful resources in preparation for your transfer. Registration Link here! 


    DDP Graduation Cording Ceremony 
    Tuesday, May 14, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Governors State University, Center for Performing Arts
    Dual Degree Program students who have graduated Fall 2023 or Spring/Summer 2024 will be honored at a cording ceremony to acknowledge the completion of their bachelor's degree and celebrate their upcoming commencement.


    DDP Community Service: ANEW (Formerly South Suburban Family Shelter)
    Saturday, April 20, Time 10:00 am - 12:00 pm  
    Homewood IL
    Volunteers will be assembling feminine hygiene kits for survivors of domestic violence.   
    DDP Community Service: Orland Grassland and Water Reserve 
    Saturday, May 11, 2024  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    9700 W 167th St, Orland Park, IL 60467
    Dual Degree Program will be assisting Orland Grassland and Water Reserve to restore habitat for many important threatened grassland birds. Volunteers will be removing weeds and invasive vegetation, cutting and burning invasive woody plans, collecting and spreading native seed, and collecting trash.  Registration is required by Wednesday, May 9th. 


  • DDP Orientation


    During the DDP Orientation, newly enrolled DDP students have the opportunity to obtain additional information on the benefits of the Dual Degree Program. Students and their guests also have the opportunity to meet the GovState President, Provost, and faculty and program advisors. You will also have the chance to tour the campus, hear from other transfer students attending GovState, participate in fun activities with other DDP students, and you will be officially inducted into the Dual Degree Program! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your DDP Transfer Specialist. See above for this semester's Orientation date! 

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  • DDP Graduation Cording Ceremonies


    Students who graduate with their associate degree and transfer to GovState are honored with a cord representing the primary color of their community college alma mater. Students are corded by their respective DDP Transfer Specialist, and receive their commemorative “One Degree Down!” DDP t-shirts.  Ceremony is held each fall semester for new transfers.

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    Student are also honored with a final cording ceremony when they complete their bachelor's degree at GovState.  During this ceremony, they receive a black and white cord braided along with the color of their community college, representing the attainment of both the associate and bachelor’s degrees. Ceremony is held each spring during the week of Commencement.

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  • DDP Monthly Community Service


    Each month the Dual Degree Program coordinates a community service event with the help of its Student Transition Assistants. This is a perfect opportunity for students to become active members of their community, which has a lasting positive impact on society at large. Community service gives our DDP students the life skills and knowledge, as well as provides a service to those who need it most.  

    If you have any questions about the upcoming DDP community service event please feel free to reach out to our Student Transition Assistants.



  • DDP Professional Development Symposiums


    Scholarship Symposium
    The Dual Degree Program hosts an annual Scholarship Symposium during the fall semester. The half-day professional development conference provides various resources to help you graduate with as little academic debt as possible.  Topics may include:  

    •  Scholarship, Loans & Grants–Oh, MY! 
    •  GovState Foundation Scholarships 
    •  Mastering the Scholarship Application Process 
    •  Scholarships for Global Learning (Study Abroad) 
    •  Paying for Graduate School: Fellowships & Internships 
    •  Why Me? Writing Essays & Personal Statements  


    Career Symposium  
    The Dual Degree Program hosts an annual Career Symposium during the spring semester. The half-day professional development conference provides various resources to assist you in your short and long-term career goals.  Topics may include:  

    •  To Grad School, or Not to Grad School?
    •  What Can I Do with My Degree?
    •  Writing a Resume and Cover Letter
    •  Intro to Career Services @ GovState
    •  Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
    •  Know the Code: Myers Briggs Type Indicator Workshop
    •  Interview Preparation, Best Practices, and Mock Interviews



    DDP Symposiums are perfect opportunities for students to obtain the tools they need to be successful in their pursuits of various forms of financial aid, and next step career planning. Keep an eye out in future emails for more  information!


  • DDP Socials and Other Events


    The Dual Degree Program Hosts Welcome Back Socials where DDP students come from all DDP partnership campuses. During this event we discuss summer adventures, play board games and enjoy time well spent with each other. We also have raffles and give out DDP SWAG! Please stay on the lookout for DDP Socials and other events via your school email addresses or reach out to your DDP Transfer Specialist for more information.  

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