Commencement Ceremony

Rush University's Commencement ceremony is held once a year at the end of the spring quarter. The exact date for Commencement is published in the academic calendar. Students will be notified by the Office of Student Affairs concerning participation in the event. Up-to-date information can be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs' web site at:

Students are expected to march in commencement exercises. Information regarding degree requirements, deadlines and eligibility to participate is available at Most students who will complete all requirements for the degree by the end of the summer quarter are eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony the preceding June. Doctoral students writing a dissertation cannot participate in the commencement ceremony until they have successfully defended their dissertation, and master's-level students writing a thesis cannot participate until they have successfully defended their thesis. To ensure full participation in the commencement ceremony, the dissertation/thesis should be defended on or before May 15th.

Should a program director feel that an exception should be granted to the commencement participation policy, (s)he must appeal in writing to the dean of his/her college. At the same time, the program director will inform the chair of the Rush University Commencement Committee that an appeal is being requested. If there is a reason why the Commencement Committee feels that the request should be denied, the chair of the committee will inform both the program director and the dean. The final decision, however, rests with the dean, and the dean will inform the program director and the chair of the Rush University Commencement Committee of his/her decision in writing.

Students, whose academic plans change, making them ineligible to participate in the June ceremony will be then eligible to participate the following June should they successfully meet degree requirements. During the ceremony, diplomas are given to students who have completed their programs, discharged their financial obligations to the University/Medical Center, and returned all library books and other University property. Students will be notified of all outstanding obligations, and the Office of the Registrar will encumber the diplomas and transcripts of students until these obligations are met.