Commencement: Frequently Asked Questions
SAIC does not require a cap and gown for the ceremony. This is a celebratory occasion where graduates are invited to dress as they feel appropriate.
SAIC is partnering with Herff Jones to provide both graduation announcements and diploma frames. Announcements and frames may be purchased by visiting this website.
Get a credit check from Academic Advising and Student Success, Sullivan Center, 36 South Wabash Avenue, suite 1204, to make sure your degree requirements will be met. Call 312.629.6800 to make an appointment.
- Complete the Outcomes Survey about your experience at SAIC, and your future plans. At the end of the survey, you will be directed to the graduation application.
- Please note that students wishing to participate in the graduation ceremony and Undergraduate or Graduate Exhibitions may only have six (6) credits outstanding to complete their degree after the spring semester, and must register for these 6 credits in the summer session by the last day of the spring semester.
- Check to see if you have any holds (e.g., tuition balance, library or media center fines) via SAIC Self-Service. These must be cleared before you receive your diploma.
- If you do not anticipate completing your program by the end of summer, please contact the Registration and Record's office at 312.629.6700.
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.
Click here for more information on where to stay, including hotels with preferred rates for SAIC guests.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photographs will be taken by Grad Images, a professional photography organization that specializes in photographing Commencement ceremonies. Three individual pictures will be taken of each graduate during of the ceremony and proofs will be emailed to the student within five days of the ceremony. Several different package options will be available for purchase.
To learn more, visit gradimages.com.