Aurora University

May Commencement

May 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 2019.

Commencement Ceremonies

GWC Ceremony
Saturday, May 4, 2019
11 a.m.
Ferro Pavilion

AU Graduate Ceremony
Sunday, May 5, 2019
9 a.m.
Aurora University Quadrangle

AU Undergraduate Ceremony
Sunday, May 5, 2019
2 p.m.
Aurora University Quadrangle

Countdown to Graduation

January 8, 2019

  • 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 1, 2019

  • Deadline for Graduation Application
    • If you do not complete the Graduation Application by the deadline, please contact the Registar's Office at 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 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 20, 2019

  • 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. You must complete the graduation survey before picking up your cap and gown.

April 2 and April 3, 2019 | 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 professional headshot and take pictures with friends

April 12, 2019 | 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.

Friday, May 3, 2019 | 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 5, 2019

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

Visit our Safety and Security page for futher day-of details.