Commencement Information for Students - 2023


Rush University’s 51st Commencement


Rush University will recognize graduating students at the 51st Rush University Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 2 pm. at the Credit Union 1 Arena. Degrees will be awarded to students graduating from the University’s four colleges. This 51st commencement ceremony will feature a University Marshal, Student Commencement Speaker and Commencement Address. 

Apply for Graduation 

Review the Graduation Checklist to ensure you can graduate on time. Find information on the Intent to Graduate form, submitting your dissertation title, confirming your diploma address, and more. 

Commencement Ceremony Admission

Seating is reserved for graduates on the main floor. Guests are permitted.


The ceremony will begin promptly at 2 p.m. and will last approximately two hours. Doors to the Arena will open at 1 p.m. If guests need accommodations, the Credit Union 1 Arena staff will be able to assist inside the main doors of the arena. If you have questions about guest accommodations, please email the Commencement committee. Additional Guest Details to be posted.

Parking and Transportation

Students who are interested in parking at Rush may take advantage of our free shuttle service between the campus and the Credit Union 1 Arena before and after the ceremony. Pickup will be at the southwest corner of Harrison and Paulina streets, and drop-off will be at the arena (northeast corner of Racine and Harrison streets). Shuttle times will be posted at a later date.

In addition, students and their family can park at the arena in surface lots 1A and 1B. There is ample parking for the event. The cost is $10 per car.


All students participating in the ceremony will need to arrive at the Credit Union 1 Arena Parking Garage, 525 S. Racine Ave., by 12:30pm on the first level, west side. Signs and greeters will help direct you. Faculty and staff will be there to help line up all students.

Bag Check for Graduates

Bag check will not be provided for graduates or guests at the ceremony and large items are not allowed into the ceremony. Please make prior arrangements for your purses, bags and personal items.

For more information, please visit UIC Policy for Bags, Purses and Backpacks.


Security from Rush University Medical Center and Credit Union 1 Arena will be present to ensure the event is safe and secure for participants and guests.

For more information please visit UIC Policy for the Mandatory Use of Metal Detectors. Please allow additional time due to security measures.

Prohibited Items

Credit Union 1 Arena 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.

Graduation Dress Code

There is no formal dress code. Most graduates wear business-like attire under their robes.

Accommodations for Accessibility

Entrance to the Credit Union 1 Arena is ADA accessible, as are all restrooms. Additionally, the arena has designated ADA parking spots. Cars will need to provide their own ADA parking placard.

Service animals are permitted in the Credit Union 1 Arena 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 arena.

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

You will have the opportunity to request accessibility accommodations on the Intent to Graduate form. If you have additional questions regarding accessibility at the ceremony, please email the Commencement committee. Staff and faculty with mobility concerns about pre-ceremony line-up may also email the Commencement committee.

International Students

Please email International Student Services with any questions.


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 Credit Union 1 Arena Garage immediately following the ceremony.

Regalia Pickup and Return

Please see the regalia page for the regalia distribution schedule and other specific details. Regalia must be returned to the Credit Union 1 Arena Parking Garage immediately following the ceremony.

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.

Smoking at Credit Union 1 Arena

The Credit Union 1 Arena is a smoke-free environment.

Dining near Credit Union 1 Arena

Credit Union 1 Arena is close to a variety of fine dining restaurants. Greek Town, Little Italy and University Village, all offer exciting eating establishments within walking distance.

Submit any questions or concerns regarding Commencement here.