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Headlines for the Week April 6, 2009


Commencement information for the Class of 2009:
Required graduation forms.
        ArrowCap and Gown Form: Due TODAY April 6.
        ArrowMANDATORY Graduation Survey: Due April 17.
April 14: Final Graduation Photo Sessions. Sign up today!
Your Commencement timeline.

2009 Class Gift - The Race is On!
Deadline for reaching goal of 75 donors is approaching! Ends April 15
Section Contest
Thank You to the Class Gift Donors

Career Advisor Network
Search for an Advisor

Chicago-Kent is now LinkedIn:
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Commencement Information for the Class of 2009

Commencement Information

Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 Graduates: The Office of Alumni Relations is your home for Commencement 2009! Please watch your email for announcements and updates throughout the year. For questions, please email any questions to or visit the Commencement Portal online.


Required Graduation Forms

1. The Cap and Gown Order Form: Due TODAY, Monday, April 6

This form is required if you will participate in the commencement ceremony. It must be completed before you can receive your commencement tickets.

Caps and Gowns are complimentary from the Office of Alumni Relations. However, forms submitted beginning April 7 at Midnight will be charged a late fee.

2. The 2009 Graduate Survey: Due Friday, April 17

This form is mandatory in order to graduate. Those students participating in the commencement ceremony will not receive their commencement tickets until this form has been completed.

Graduation Survey >>

This form is due by Friday, April 17. All information is strictly confidential.



Final Graduation Photo Sessions: April 14

If you’ve been to the 3rd floor, you’ve seen the composite photos of the most recent class as well as classes all the way back to 1893. Now it’s your turn! The photos are quick and FREE! You are under no obligation to purchase a photo, and it doesn’t cost anything to have your smiling face included in the composite.

For those of you who have not yet taken your photos, we have scheduled sittings for Tuesday, April 14. Please note that this is your LAST CHANCE to be included in your class composite photo.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
11:00 AM to 7:00 PM ~ Room 325
Business attire is recommended.

To sign up, please visit the Office of Alumni Relations in Suite 310 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 6:00 PM.  Evening students ONLY may email time slot requests to

Each session is scheduled for 15 minutes. For additional details visit the Commencement Photo Page.


Your Commencement Timeline

Monday, April 6:

Cap and Gown Order Form Due
This form is required to participate in commencement exercises. Cap and gown rental is complimentary; but, forms submitted beginning April 7 at Midnight will be charged a late fee.

Tuesday, April 14:

Final Graduation Photo Sessions
This will be your last chance to be included in your class composite photos. The photos are quick and FREE! Photo sessions take place from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Sign up from now until Friday, April 10 in the Office of Alumni Relations, Suite 310.

Friday, April 17:

This form is required for ALL 2009 graduates.

Graduation Survey >>

Tuesday, May 5 – Wednesday, May 6:

Your 7 complimentary commencement tickets and cap and gown will be distributed in the lobby of the law school building from 1:00 to 7:00 pm. You MUST pick up your commencement materials during one of these two days.
*Those wishing to purchase extra tickets may do so on a first-come, first-serve basis for $15/ticket. Graduates and children under 2 do not need a ticket.

Sunday, May 17:

The 2009 Commencement Ceremony takes place at 3:00 pm at the Arie Crown Theater, McCormick Place. Graduates should arrive by 1:45.  A champagne reception follows immediately outside the Theater.


2009 Class Gift

2009 Class Gift Ė The Race Is On!

Class Gift ThermometerThe 2009 Class Gift Committee is inaugurating Chicago-Kentís first green class gift fundraising project. All donations and pledges will underwrite the renovation of the 10th floor Reading Room's lighting with new, energy efficient LED lights.

In addition the Class of 1983 is challenging the Class of 2009 to raise 75 donations and pledges for the Class Gift by April 15.If we reach this goal, $5000 will be put towards the Reading Room Renovation Project on the 10th floor.

We are over 50% of the way to our goal!

Donor Goal: 75 gifts by April 15 to meet the Class of 1983 Challenge!
Current Total: 40 Gifts as of April 2
$3300 already raised!

Suggested giving levels:


Part of the Solution
Greening Chicago-Kent

Illuminating The Future

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Make Your Gift or Pledge >>

Join To make a gift by check or cash*, please download the pdf form here. (right click and save as).

*All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Section Contest

A special prize will be given to the section that has the most donors. Sections are based on your first-year placement or division. Congratulations Evening students - you are in the lead!

Current Totals:

Section A: 5 Section C: 9 Transfer: 3
Section B: 6 Evening: 15 LLM: 1

For questions or suggestions on the class gift, please email Tanya Pietrkowski or call her 312-906-5243.


Thank You to the Class Gift Donors

Thank you to all those who have already donated! (List as of 4/2/09).

Ankoor Bagchi

David Gosse

Sulema Medrano

Cheryl Balough

Owen Granke

Justin Myers

Joanna Brinkman

Tracy Gruber

Roman Patzner

Molly Brooks

Mark Hoffman

Michael Phelps

Julie Byerson

Stephen Huggins

Kerry Reidy

Elisabeth Carlson

Thaddeus Ilg

Brian Reidy

Pramod Chintalapoodi

Kurt Iselt

Elisa Rodriguez

Michael Elliot

Blake Jackson

John Rogers

Brian Emfinger

Megan Kamdar

Jacob Shorr

Renee Fath

Kristina Kirby

Derek Steele

Juliette Gallegos

Ted Koshiol

Sandra Stipp

Betsy Gates

Jeff LaMirand

Anne Szkatulski

Megan Gieseler

Kathryn Lemanski

Walter Tersch

Sara Goldstein

Xiaofang Ma

Jacqueline Zablocki

If there are any errors, please email Tanya Pietrkowski or call her 312-906-5243.


Career Advisor Network

Search for an Advisor

In an effort to help you connect with a strong network of Chicago-Kent alumni, the Office of Alumni Relations and Office of Career Services are happy to announce a new Alumni Career Advisor Network.

Alumni from around the world are available to discuss issues such as practice trends, legal markets in specific geographic areas, and other career-related topics. This is an excellent opportunity to start building your personal network with Chicago-Kent alumni!

To search for an Alumni Career Advisor, all you have to do is log-in to the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community:

First Time Login Instructions:

  1. Go to

  2. In the Constituent ID field, enter your Banner CWID.
    To find your Banner CWID login to Once you are logged, on the right side of your screen you should see a box called IIT Personal ID numbers. The Banner CWID is the number beginning with ďA.Ē
  1. In the Class Year Field:
    1. If you are an LLM student, enter LLM
    2. If you are a Visiting student, enter LV
    3. If you are a JD student your Class Year will be three characters. The first letter for all class years will be L. The second letter is your division. The third is your year number.
      Examples: A 2nd year night studentís class year is LN2. A 1st year day studentís class year is LD1.

During your first time login you will create a username and password. Afterwards, you may log in directly at using the username and password you created.

If you need assistance with your first time login, please email


Chicago-Kent is now LinkedIn!

Join our LinkedIn Group

We invite all students, faculty, alumni, and staff to join the official Chicago-Kent group on the networking site, LinkedIn. If you have a LinkedIn account, please click here to request membership. Questions? Contact



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