Graduation Checklist

Apply for Graduation, Register for Commencement and Order Regalia
“Graduation” is an academic distinction that refers to earning a degree and obtaining a diploma. “Commencement” is the ceremony celebrating your graduation. 

Apply for Graduation

  1. Complete your Intent to Graduate form by 11:59 p.m. on February 24, 2018 to verify your name and order regalia.
  2. Complete your Degree Approval form by April 27, 2018 if you will be completing your degree in spring and by August 24, 2018 if you will be completing in summer.   Be sure to give yourself a little extra time, as completing the form requires collecting signatures from a variety of offices before it can be submitted.
  3. Doctoral students, please submit your dissertation title by February 24, 2018 to have it listed in the Commencement program. 
  4. Update your permanent address to ensure your diploma is mailed to the correct address. 
  5. If applicable, complete the Name Change form by February 24, 2018. 

Register for the Commencement Ceremony

  • Attending the Commencement ceremony is optional, but completing the Intent to Graduate form is not.
  • Please be aware that selecting ‘Yes’ to attending Commencement allows, for purposes of the ceremony only, release of directory information. See Rush University Graduation and Commencement policy for more information. 
  • Use Name Coach to record your name for the Commencement name reader by March 30, 2018.
  • Attend GradFest!  GradFest events will be held on January 31, 2018 or February 6, 2018 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Atrium, 1st floor.   Get your picture taken in your regalia, record a message for your guests and meet with offices in prep for Commencement. 
  • Review the Commencement Information for Students page for specific details about the ceremony.
  • Graduates participating in the Commencement ceremony will be handed a diploma cover when walking across the stage.  Diplomas will be mailed approximately 2-3 weeks after degree conferral.
Meet All Graduation Requirements

To ensure you meet all degree requirements please meet with your faculty advisor and complete your college’s degree approval form by April 27, 2018. 

Settle All of Your Rush University Accounts

Graduates with unpaid financial obligations will not receive their diplomas until those obligations are met. Review your financial status through self-service on the University Portal and follow-up with the following offices:

  • Financial Aid
  • Financial Affairs
  • Rush University Library
  • Parking Office
Order Commencement Items 

Place your regalia order by February 24, 2018 via the Intent to Graduate form.

Below are links to purchase other Commencement related items with the Rush University logo, such as announcements, thank you notes, diploma frames, class rings and more.

Rush University Matthews Bookstore


Herff Jones