Commencement: Helpful Information

Getting to Wintrust Arena

Public Transportation

The CTA Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line Station is located at Cermak Road and State Street, two and a half blocks (0.15 miles) west of the Wintrust Arena. The CTA Cermak-Chinatown Red Line Station is located 4 blocks west (0.5 miles) of the Wintrust Arena and two blocks west of the Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line Station.


Wintrust has informed us that the parking structures may be busier than usual because of conventions in town. Please allow extra time if you are travelling by car. To see the parking options, please go here. Should Lot A fill, Wintrust will direct cars to Lot B, which will be available for $10. A shuttle will also be available from Lot B to Wintrust, and back after the ceremony. Wintrust is also offering a deal with SpotHero that you may reserve, but we also suggest exploring other SpotHero options around Wintrust. For more parking options, visit

Important Restrictions for Wintrust Arena

The arena strongly discourages bags or purses of any kind. Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at the entrance. Please click here 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. 

Helpful Information


We understand that some family and friends may not be able to attend the ceremony and still want to celebrate on this special day. SAIC will provide a livestream of the Commencement ceremony on the afternoon of May 22. Family and friends of graduating students may find the livestream by visiting and clicking on the livestream icon just prior to 2:00 p.m. CT. 


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. 


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. Learn more about the options available for pictures at


Plan ahead for hotel reservations. Please click here for a list of Chicago-area hotels. 

Special Accommodations

Any person with a disability who would like to request an accommodation should contact as soon as possible to allow adequate time to make proper arrangements. 

Other Campus Resources:

Parking and Travel

Career and Professional Experience (CAPX)

Alumni Association

Registration and Records

Academic Advising

Financial Aid and Tuition and Fees (Student Financial Services)

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