Graduation Checklist

Apply for Graduation, Register for Commencement and Order Regalia


In response to COVID-19, Rush University’s 48th Commencement Ceremony at the Credit Union 1 Arena on April 30, 2020, is cancelled. We are currently exploring other options to celebrate our graduates and their accomplishments. Continue to check this page for further information. 

“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 Saturday, February 29, 2020 to verify your name and order regalia.
  2. Students not enrolled in DNP, PhD, or thesis-track master’s programs do not have to complete the Degree Approval form; program directors and coordinators will do this for them. Program directors will communicate with DNP, PhD, and thesis-track master’s students regarding the Degree Approval form process. Completed forms are due to the Office of the Registrar by the last day of the graduation term.
  3. Doctoral students, please submit your dissertation title by Friday March 13, 2020 to have it listed in the Commencement program. 
  4. Update your diploma address to ensure your diploma is mailed to the correct address.
  5. If applicable, complete the Name Change form by Friday, December 13, 2019 for Fall Graduates, and Saturday, February 29, 2020 for Spring and Summer Graduates.  

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 the Rush University Graduation and Commencement policy for more information. 
  • Use NameCoach to record your name for the Commencement name reader by Friday, March 27, 2020.
  • Attend GradFest! GradFest event details can be found here. 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 ensure the completion of the Degree Approval form by the last day of your graduation term.

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 Saturday, February 29, 2020 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