FAQs

DAY-OF DETAILS FOR GRADUATES

Is there a rehearsal before the ceremony?

Yes. It begins at 9 a.m. All information about the day-of schedule can be found online.

What time is the commencement ceremony?

The ceremony will take place at The Chicago Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. Guest seating begins at 10 a.m.

What should I bring with me to the ceremony?

Please arrive to rehearsal in regalia. Note, comfortable shoes are recommended as graduates will be standing for extending periods of time.

Students will need to show their ticket through the Ticketmaster app. and their photo ID.

There are no formal dressing rooms available at the theater. Extra regalia items will be available on-site in Chase Lounge located in the theatre’s basement.    

What do I need to know about my regalia?

Please see the regalia page of this website or the FAQs below. Note, comfortable shoes are recommended as graduates will be standing for extending periods of time.

Where do I park?

Please see the directions and parking page or the location and parking FAQs below.

Is there a place to leave my personal belongings during rehearsal or the ceremony?

Line-up areas are not monitored during the rehearsal or ceremony. If students must bring valuables, they will need to carry them throughout the ceremony or give them to a guest. A coat check is available in the main lobby.

What COVID-19 protocols are in place?

There are currently no requirements for graduates or their guests to show proof of vaccination or a negative test, nor will they be required to wear masks in the venue. Should there be any changes due to government mandates or venue protocols, students will be notified via their Adler email account.

What should I do if I or one of my guests have accessibility needs?

Please complete this Access Services Request Form or email DisabilityOffice@adler.edu. by Nov. 1.

RECEIVING YOUR DIPLOMA

Will I receive my diploma at the ceremony?

Individuals attending the ceremony will receive a commemorative diploma cover. The Office of the Registrar will send an email confirming degree conferral with a diploma recipient. Graduates can expect to receive their diploma in the mail within 12 weeks of receiving the Registrar’s email. Please note, your diploma will be sent directly to the address listed in Self Service at the time you order it.

Will my diploma be mailed to me?

Individuals attending the ceremony will receive a commemorative diploma cover. The Office of the Registrar will send an email confirming degree conferral with a diploma receipt. Graduates can expect to receive their diploma in the mail within 12 weeks of receiving the Office of the Registrar’s email confirming their degree conferral and diploma receipt.

How can I update the address my diploma is mailed to?

Your diploma will be sent directly to the address listed in Self Service at the time you order it. If you are moving and would like it mailed elsewhere, please update your address in Self Service by the time you order your diploma.

REGALIA

How do I order my regalia?

The University purchases regalia for each student to wear and keep, including the required gown, cap, hood, and tassel. Students can also choose to order custom-made regalia. Information can be found on the regalia section of this website.

When do I need to order my regalia by?

Whether you are ordering regalia paid for by Adler or purchasing custom-order regalia, all orders must be purchased by end of business Sept. 15, 2022.

Are honor cords available?

Adler does not provide honor cords. Students who are members of Psi Chi can order cords directly through the International Honor Society of Psychology for $17.25.

TICKETS

How many tickets will graduates receive?

Students receive nine general admission tickets. Eight can be used for guests and each student will need to use one to get into the venue. All guests, including infants and children, are required to have a ticket with a unique barcode that will be will scanned upon entrance to the venue. While the tickets may have a section and seat number associated with them, seating is general admission. Your guests may sit anywhere that is available.

Are additional tickets available?

Once tickets are distributed, students can exchange tickets with other graduates.

Have extra tickets or need extra tickets?

·       Student Affairs is not able to facilitate the exchange of individual tickets; however, we created this ticket exchange spreadsheet for graduates to manage if you need tickets or have tickets to donate.

·       How it works: If you notice someone on the list who needs tickets, you can transfer tickets (following the transfer instructions) to their Adler email address. If you need tickets, add your name to the list.

o   Update the list once your request has been granted or your tickets are no longer available to avoid confusion.

·       Student Affairs is not responsible for the coordination of this list, or any inadvertent deletions or issues that occur. Please do not contact Student Affairs about individual tickets to be exchanged.

·       Save one of the tickets for yourself! Everyone, including graduates, will need a ticket to enter the Chicago Theatre.

How do I access my tickets?

Tickets will be distributed through Madison Square Garden app. Please view the tickets portion of the website for more details.

If guests are unable to attend, can they watch the ceremony?

Yes, the ceremony will be available for viewing online. On the day of the ceremony, friends and family can click on the livestream portion of this website to view it.

LOCATION & PARKING INFORMATION

Where is this year’s ceremony?

The Chicago Campus Commencement Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6 at The Chicago Theatre.

The Chicago Theatre is located at:

175 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Is parking available & how much does it cost?

Discounted parking vouchers for the InterPark Garage at Randolph/Wabash (20 E. Randolph) will be available in the main lobby of the theater starting at 10:00 a.m., after rehearsal, and after the commencement ceremony. You must have your parking ticket with you in order to receive a validation sticker as it is placed directly on your ticket.

Parking in the garage will cost $15 for 12 hours.

Is public transportation available to the venue?

Yes, guests can get to the Chicago Theatre by train or bus. Details can be found on the Chicago Theatre’s website.

Are there accessible transportation options available?

Yes, the Chicago Theatre has several options available for private wheelchair accessible transportation. Visit their website for more information. Please note, if you or one of your guests have additional accessibility needs, please complete this Access Services Request Form or email DisabilityOffice@adler.edu by Nov. 1.