December 2017 Commencement Information
Commencement exercises will be held on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 3 p.m. (graduate reception at 1 p.m.; robing and photos at 2 p.m. ) at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, 840 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
Checklist for Graduates
Apply to Graduate:
Order Your Cap, Gown, and Accessories Online: Each graduating student attending commencement must rent his/her cap and gown online through Herff Jones. You may also purchase commencement announcements, college rings, diploma frames, and licensed college jewelry from Herff Jones.
The last day to order graduation regalia is December 12.
Please follow these instructions to order graduate regalia:
- Once you navigate to the URL listed above, select Order Rental Cap and Gown
- Select Sunday, December 17, 2017 from the dropdown menu
- Select Doctorate (for JD or LLM students) or Master (for MJ students)
- On the following page, find the Cap and Gown tab, and enter your information in the appropriate fields
- Click Add to Cart and complete your purchase
Note: The only honors cords graduates will be permitted to wear during the Commencement Ceremony are those delineating between the honors of summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude based on rankings from the prior semester, as well as veterans cords. Authorized graduates will receive these cords with their regalia order. Graduates wearing all other cords will be asked to remove them for the duration of the ceremony. Students are allowed to wear stoles from student originations. It is entirely up to each student organization to order their own stoles. You can work with Herff Jones on a design or order on your own. All stole designs must be approved by The Academic Services Office.
- Cap and Gown Pick-Up: Friday, December 15 from 11 a.m.–Noon at John Marshall or on the day of the ceremony at the Standard Club.
- Obtain Your Commencement Tickets: Graduates do not need an admission ticket for Commencement; however, tickets are required for guests. Tickets will be available in the Career Services Office, Room 405, beginning on December 1, 2017. Please note that upon picking up your graduation tickets, those students receiving a JD will be required to undergo an exit interview with a Career Services Office staff member.
- Distance LLM Students: if you need your tickets mailed to you, please contact Event Management.
- Additional Diplomas: Graduates are awarded a single diploma at the time of graduation. Additional diplomas can be ordered by filling out a Diploma Order Form. Please include a check for $40 for each diploma and make the check payable to: The John Marshall Law School. The form and check may be submitted to Academic Services in person or mailed in to the address provided on the form.
- Photography: John Marshall will arrange for a professional photography company to capture graduation and to take headshots just prior to walking across the stage. These photographs will be available for purchase online a few weeks after the Commencement ceremony. You will be contacted directly by the company when photos are available for purchase.