When and where is the ceremony?

The commencement ceremony will take place on Monday, May 14, 2018 at the Wintrust Arena, located at 200 E. Cermak Rd.  The ceremony will begin at 1:00pm, and doors will open at 11:30am.  All students must arrive by 12:15pm to participate in the ceremony.  We expect the ceremony will end appproxmately 3:30pm.

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Where can I purchase announcements, diploma frames, and cap and gowns?

SAIC is partnering with Herff Jones to provide graduates with an opportunity to purchase graduation announcements, diploma frames, and cap & gown for the ceremony.  Visit  herffjones.com/college/SAIC   

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Where should family and friends stay?

We strongly urge anyone requiring hotel accommodations for Commencement weekend to make reservations immediately, as we anticipate that hotels will fill up quickly. A variety of hotels are located in the Chicagoland area. It is generally easiest to find hotels in Chicago through websites like orbitz.com, expedia.com, or travelocity.com.

View for more information about where to stay, including hotels with preferred rates for SAIC guests.

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Where are diplomas mailed?

Diplomas are mailed to the address you submitted on your Graduation Application. If you wish to pick up your diploma at the Registration and Records office, please notify them: 312.629.6700 or saic.registrar@saic.edu.

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Will photographs be taken?

SAIC has contracted with Grad Images to take professional photos of graduates as they walk across the stage.  A variety of photo packages will be available for purchase, and proofs will be emailed to the student’s SAIC email address within one week of the ceremony. 

To learn more, visit gradimages.com.

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How many tickets will each student receive?

Graduates will receive six  guest tickets plus their own individual ticket. No one will be allowed to enter the Wintrust Arena without a ticket.  At the time graduates pick up their tickets, they may request two additional guest tickets, and these tickets will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.  Should all of the additional tickets be issued, students will be put on a waitlist and contacted if additional tickets become available.

Should graduates need more than 8 tickets total, they will be put on a wait list, and notified on May 10 if additional tickets are available. 

Tickets will be available Tuesday April 10 through Wednesday May 9 from 9:00am until 4:00pm, and can be picked up at the Campus Life Office, (Sullivan Center, 36 S. Wabash Avenue, Suite 1203).  An SAIC ID is required to pick up commencement tickets.  The Campus Life office will be open until 6:00pm on the following days to accommodate students who cannot pick up tickets from 9:00am until 4:00pm: April 17, April 24, May 10.

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What should I wear to the ceremony?

SAIC does not require a cap and gown for the ceremony.  This is a celebratory event where graduates are invited to dress as they feel appropriate.  Should you wish to wear a cap and gown, you may order one by visiting herffjones.com/college/SAIC   

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What if I have a special accommodation?

Any person with a disability who would like to request an accomodation should contact Campus Life at 312 629-6880 or stulife@saic.edu as soon as possible to allow adequate time to make proper arrangements.


Will there be a simulcast?

We understand that many of yoru family and friends may not bel able to join you for your graduation, but still what to celebrate with you on this special day.  SAIC will provide a live-streaming simulcast of the Commencement Ceremony on the afternoon of May 14, 2018. Your family and friends may find the simulcast by visiting saic.edu/gradatuion and clicking on the “Simulcast” icon just prior to 1:00pm, C.S.T. 


How do I get to Wintrust Arena?

Public Transportation

The CTA Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line Station (Chicago, IL) station is located at Cermak Road and State Street, 2.5 blocks (0.15 mile) west of the Wintrust Arena at Cermak Road and Indiana Ave.The CTA Cermak-Chinatown Red Line Station (Chicago, IL) is located four blocks west (0.5 mile) of the Wintrust Arean and two blocks west of the Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line Station.

Parking:   Wintrust Arena has ample parking for the vennueLot Ais the closest to the venue and has access to the pedestrian bridges to the arena. For a GPS location to Lot A, use 2301 South Praire Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616 as your destination. For more parking options, visit https://wintrustarena.com/plan-your-visit/parking/

Important Restrictions for Wintrust Arena

The arena strongly discourages bags or purses of any kind, except for very specific exceptions.  Please visit https://wintrustarena.com/plan-your-visit/purse-bag-policy/ to review the policy. Any bag brought to the arena will be subject to a search.  In addition, all guests and students will go through a metal detector as they enter the building