Commencement Information for Guests

Rush University’s 46th Commencement

Saturday, April 28, 2018
2 to 4 p.m.
UIC Pavilion
525 S. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60607


Commencement Ceremony Admission

There are no tickets required. Guests may seat themselves on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking and Transportation

There will be parking available at the UIC Pavilion as well as at Rush University, with a free shuttle service to the UIC Pavilion. Detailed information will be made available closer to the ceremony date. 

Prohibited Items

UIC Pavilion does not allow outside food, strollers, balloons, noise makers/air horns or paraphernalia of any kind. Book bags and large purses are also not allowed.


The ceremony will begin promptly at 2 p.m. and last approximately two hours. Doors to the pavilion will open at 1 p.m. to allow family and friends to be seated.  All aisles leading to the seats consist of stairs. If guests need accommodations, the UIC staff will assist inside the main doors of the pavilion.  If you have questions about guest accommodations, please email the Commencement committee.  

Accommodations for Accessibility

The UIC Pavilion is ADA accessible and staff are available to assist those in need of a wheelchair. UIC Pavilion staff will be stationed at the main entrance, Gate 3 located at Harrison & Racine, waiting to assist guests in need of assistance with getting to their seats. UIC Pavilion staff will transport guests to designated seating areas and will return after the ceremony to assist those same persons with getting back to the main entrance.

For guests who arrive with their own wheelchairs,  areas are designated throughout the arena with clear signage to direct  individuals to ADA seating areas.  Additionally, guests with their own chairs may station themselves behind the top row on the mezzanine level throughout the Pavilion.  

Service animals are permitted in the Pavilion, but need to be on a leash and under control at all times. The owner is responsible for cleaning up after the animal outside the Pavilion. 

Large print programs will be available at all entrances. An ASL interpreter is visible via screen in all designated seating areas. 

For more information, please contact the UIC Pavilion guest service coordinator at (312) 413-5700.


Please feel free to bring your cameras to take photos. The aisles need to remain clear at all times, especially during the processional, ceremony and recessional. Therefore, family and friends will not be allowed in the aisles or on the main floor during the ceremony. Family pictures may be taken immediately after the ceremony.  Please be reminded, regalia needs to be returned to the UIC Parking Garage immediately following the ceremony. 

The Rush University Commencement committee has arranged for a professional photographer to take a picture of each graduate as they cross the stage and a posed picture after exiting the stage. Prints may be purchased directly from the photographer.

Ceremony Live Stream

The Commencement ceremony will be streamed live for family and friends who are unable to attend.  As the date of commencement approaches, we will provide a link for family and friends to view the ceremony live. Check back on the commencement website for more details.


Security from Rush University Medical Center and UIC Pavilion will be present to ensure the event is safe and secure for participants and guests. 

Smoking at the Pavilion

The UIC Pavilion is a smoke-free environment, but they do offer a designated smoking area outside Gate 5 during the event. The smoking area is monitored by Pavilion staff for re-entry.

Dining near the Pavilion

UIC is close to a variety of fine dining restaurants. Greek Town, Little Italy and University Village all offer exciting eating establishments within walking distance. 

If you have additional questions, please email the Commencement committee.

Hotel Reservations

The Rush University Commencement committee negotiates a special rate at the Marriott Chicago at Illinois Medical District/UIC (625 S. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607) for out-of-town family members and friends. A block of rooms has been reserved for Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, 2018 at a rate of $219 per night plus taxes. To reserve your room, call (312) 491-1234 and request the Rush Commencement block.  Rooms must be reserved by the end of the day on March 27, 2018 to be eligible for the discounted rate.

International Guests

Rush University will provide letters of support for visitor visa applications to family members of students, staff and faculty participating in the Commencement ceremony. Please complete a 2018 Commencement Invitation Request for each letter you would like written. Email International Student Services with any questions you have.