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Commencement Information:
Your Commencement is Sunday, May 16, 2010
ArrowTuesday, March 2: Graduation Fair on the 3rd Floor!
ATTN May Graduates: Required Forms
Alumni Legacy Hooders
March 9-10: Last chance for composite photo sittings
Your Commencement Timeline

Announcing the 2010 Class Gifts
ArrowJ.D. Project
ArrowLL.M. Project

Chicago-Kent's Night with the Bulls
ArrowStudents, Faculty, and Staff Get Half-Price Tickets

Student Organization Services
Student Org Leaders: Want to Connect with Alumni?

Alumni Career Advisor Network
Search for an Advisor

Chicago-Kent is LinkedIn:
Join our LinkedIn Group

2010 Commencement Information

Your Commencement is Sunday, May 16, 2010

Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 Graduates: The Alumni Asociation is your home for Commencement 2010! Your official commencement ceremony will take place Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 2:30 pm at the UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608.

Please watch your email for announcements and updates throughout the semester. For more information, including FAQs, please visit the Commencement Portal online.


March 2: Graduation Fair

Please join us to learn more about everything related to your 2010 Commencement!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
3rd Floor, Outside the Spak

Get all the details on your Commencement, order your cap & gown, and purchase Commencement memorabilia!

Invitation Seal Purchase Invitation Purchase Invitations
Diploma Frame Purchase Diploma Frame
Invitation Seal Purchase Invitation Seals


May 2010 Graduates: Required Forms

In order to graduate, all students must submit the following forms:

  1. The Application for Graduation was due on Friday, February 5. Contact the Registrar's Office immediately if you did not fill it out and you intend to graduate in May.

  2. The 2010 Graduate Survey must be submitted no later than Friday, April 23. All information is strictly confidential. Please note, this survey is ONLY for May 2010 Graduates.

Graduation Survey

In order to participate in the commencement ceremony on May 16, 2010, all students must submit the following form:

  1. The Cap and Gown Order Form. Caps and Gowns ordered by Thursday, April 1 are complimentary on behalf of the Alumni Association; however, forms submitted beginning April 2 at Midnight will be charged a late fee. Order online or in person at the Graduation Fair on March 2.

All Commencement details, including FAQs, can be found on the Commencement Portal: If you have additional questions, you are welcome to email us at

Have a family member who's a graduate?
Ask him or her to be your Alumni Legacy Hooder

The Chicago-Kent tradition of Alumni Legacy Hooding allows a graduate to be hooded by an alumni relative during the ceremony. If you are an immediate relative of a Chicago-Kent alumnus/a and would like him/her to hood you at the ceremony, please email for additional details.

Please note that this person must be both an alumnus of Chicago-Kent College of Law and an immediate relative of yours. Unfortunately there are no exceptions to this rule.

All Alumni Legacy Hooders will participate in the graduation processional and recessional and therefore will be sitting on the stage throughout the ceremony. Legacy Hooders do NOT need a graduation ticket. Legacy Hooders will wear caps and gowns and will pick up their regalia in the Faculty Robing Room on graduation day.


March 9-10: Composite Photo Sittings - LAST CHANCE

If youíve been to the 3rd floor, youíve seen the composite photos of the most recent class as well as classes all the way back to 1893. Now itís your turn! The photos are quick and FREE! You are under no obligation to purchase a photo, and it doesnít cost anything to be included in the composite.

If you missed the Fall sittings, please be sure to sign up for one of the following dates. This is your LAST CHANCE to be included in your class composite photo:

Tuesday, March 9
Wednesday, March 10

15 minute slots, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. ~ Room 325

To sign up, please visit the Alumni Association in Suite 310 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.Slots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Evening students ONLY may email time slot requests to

If you are able to take a daytime slot, we ask that you reserve the slots from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. for evening students. Business attire is recommended.

Please visit the Composite Photos page on the Commencement Portal for details on purchasing photos, suggested attire and other information.


Your Commencement Timeline

Tuesday, March 2

Graduation Fair
Visit us outside the Spak from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. to learn about everything related to Commencement, order your cap and gown, and purchase Commencement memorabilia.

Tuesday, March 9 and Wednesday, March 10

Final Composite Photo Sittings
Make sure you're included in your class photo! Sign up for a photo sitting in the Alumni Association, Suite 310. Sittings are quick and FREE! Please note that this is your last LAST CHANCE to be included in your class composite photo. For details visit the Commencement Portal.

Thursday, April 1

Cap and Gown Order Form Due
This form is required to participate in Commencement exercises. Caps and Gowns ordered by Thursday, April 1 are complimentary on behalf of the Alumni Association; however, forms submitted beginning April 2 at Midnight will be charged a late fee. Order online or in person at the Graduation Fair:

Friday, April 23

2010 Graduate Survey Due
This form is required for ALL graduates.

Graduation Survey >>

Tuesday, May 4

Your 7 complimentary commencement tickets and cap and gown will be distributed in the lobby of the law school building from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You MUST pick up your commencement materials this day.
*Those wishing to purchase extra tickets may do so on a first-come, first-serve basis for $10/ticket. Graduates and children under two do not need a ticket.

Sunday, May 16

The 2010 Commencement Ceremony takes place at 2:30 p.m. at the UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608. Graduates should arrive by 1:00. A champagne reception immediately follows.


2010 Class Gift

Announcing the 2010 Class Gifts

J.D. Class Gift Project

The 2010 Class Gift Committee announces two J.D. class gift projects:†

1) The Loan Repayment Assistance Program. This endowed program provides financial assistance to Chicago-Kent graduates burdened with educational debt who work in the public interest at very modest salaries.

2) A Technology Enhancement Fund for the Office of Career Services to improve technology for students as they apply for jobs and internships.†

Your donation to the class gift promotes a lasting legacy to Chicago-Kent!

Suggested giving levels:


Sowle's Circle


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

To learn more about your class gift and to make your pledge, visit


LL.M. Class Gift Project

The Office of Institutional Law and Policy Technology Enhancement Fund

This year, for the first time, the 2010 LLM graduating class is sponsoring a class gift to benefit the Office of International Law and Policy Development (OILP).†

As part of the graduation celebration, LLM students are invited to support the LLM Class Gift to raise money to benefit the OILP Technology Enhancement Fund.† Funds will help underwrite capital purchases like a scanner for use by LLM students in OILP.

All donors to the class gift will receive a pewter zipper pull to wear on their graduation robes and will be recognized online and in the Chicago-Kent community.† A suggested minimum contribution is $10.†

LLM Class Gift Committee Chair: Jianze Li

Stay tuned for more information about the LLM Class Gift later this week.


Make an Impact: Join the 2010 Class Gift Committee

Join your fellow classmates to pick a project for the Class Gift and make an impact on the next generation of Chicago-Kent students. Previous classes have funded the Loan Repayment Assistance Program, new lighting for the Reading Room, building signage and the Annual Fund.

Have an idea for the 2010 Class Gift? Want to join the Class Gift Committee?
We need you!
Talk to a member of the Class Gift Committee or contact Tanya Pietrkowski at

2010 Class Gift Committee
Temi Bennett Katrice Hall Jennifer Maple
Arlette Bly Andrew Heap Garrett Melchiorre
Jes Collett Mark Hoffman Chinell McCarthy
Lauren Conway Chris Jensen Jaz Park
Sarah Gasperini Gwynne Kizer Maria Richardson
Mike Gustafson

Catherine Krenz

Carolyn Sorock


Chicago-Kent's Night with the Bulls

Students, Faculty, and Staff: Get Half-Price Bulls Tickets!

Bulls logo VS.†

Utah Jazz†
Tuesday, March 9, 7:00 p.m.

Houston Rockets
Monday, March 22, 7:00 p.m. ††

Phoenix Suns
Tuesday, March30, 7:00 p.m. †

On these two special nights all Chicago-Kent College of Law students, faculty, staff, and their family and friends have the opportunity to purchase tickets at half price!†Tickets which are regularly priced at $135, $60 and $40 are available for only $65, $30 and $20!

To order tickets, click here to complete the payment form and and submit to the†Chicago Bulls no later than one week before the first game ordered.

ALL orders must be received by the Chicago Bulls (not the Alumni Association!) If you have any questions, please contact or 312.906.5240.

Please note that tickets are subject to availability and due to high demand, we encourage you to fax or mail the order form as soon as possible.


Alumni Services for Student Organizations

Student Org Leaders: Want to Connect with Alumni?

Are you involved in leadership of a student organization and would like to:

ArrowInvite alumni to your events?
ArrowFind alumni speakers or panelists?
ArrowFundraise for your organization from alumni?

Visit the Alumni Services for Student Organizations Website:


Alumni Career Advisor Network

Search for an Advisor

In an effort to help you connect with a strong network of Chicago-Kent alumni, the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association and Office of Career Services encourage you to take advantage of the law schoolís ďAlumni Career Advisor Network.Ē

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 LinkedIn!

Join our LinkedIn Group

LinkedIn ButtonWe 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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