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Commencement Information
Your Commencement is Sunday, May 16, 2010
ArrowIMPORTANT: Day-of Commencement Instructions
ArrowVenue Information: UIC Forum
ArrowCommencement Ticket Details
ArrowClass of 2010: E-mail and network accounts expire August 2.

2010 Class Gifts
ArrowGot 210? -- Donate by May 14 to get your Commencement zipper-pull.
J.D. Project
LL.M. Project
ArrowThank You to Our Donors!

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2010 Commencement Information

Your Commencement is Sunday, May 16, 2010

Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 Graduates: The Alumni Association 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.


IMPORTANT: Day-of Commencement Instructions

2010 Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, May 16, 2010
2:30 PM
725 W Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL

*Please note that the venue is not the UIC Pavilion.

Graduates: You MUST Arrive no later than 1:30 p.m. Please go directly to the Graduate Robing Room (to the right after entering the main doors of the Forum) anytime between 12:15-1:30 p.m. to pick-up your name card and to line-up.

The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours. A champagne reception will immediately follow. The ceremony and reception typically last a combined total of three hours.

If you have additional questions, you may visit us in Suite 310, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or contact us at (312) 906-5240 or


Venue Information: UIC Forum

The Chicago-Kent College of Law Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. at the UIC Forum*, 725 W Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608.

*Please note that the venue is not the UIC Pavilion.


Doors open to guests at 1:30 PM.* Please note that if guests arrive early, they will not be allowed to enter the theater until this time. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis (general admission). All children over the age of two will need a ticket to the ceremony unless they are sitting on an adult's lap.

Theater doors will close at 2:20 PM. Guests who arrive after this time must wait to be seated until graduates and faculty have processed.

*Doors open for those with Special Assistance tickets at 1:15 PM. Please note that Special Assistance tickets MUST be requested in advance by emailing no later than April 29

Please note, balloons, signs and any other large items will block the view of audience members and we ask that you do not bring them into the venue.

The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours and will end at approximately 4:30 p.m. A champagne reception will immediately follow. The ceremony and reception typically last a combined total of three hours, with an approximate end time of 5:30 p.m.

Driving Directions and Public Transportation

The UIC Forum is located at 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608. The venue is accessible by both car and public transportation.

Driving: Driving directions are available on the UIC Forum's website.

Public Transit: From downtown Chicago via the L train, take the blue line to the UIC/Halsted stop and walk three blocks south. From the north or south, take the #8 Halsted bus and get off at Roosevelt Rd. From the west, take the #12 Roosevelt bus to Halsted St. or the #18 16th-18th bus to Halsted St. & Roosevelt Rd. For personalized directions, we suggest using Google Transit or the CTA Trip Planner.

Parking, Dropping-Off and Entering the Forum

Parking is $8 per vehicle and is available at the following lots:

Main Lot: Lot 5, 1135 S. Morgan St., , West of the venue, North of Roosevelt
Alternative Lot: Lot 4, 760 W Taylor St., Halsted and Taylor

Dropping-Off Passengers:  To drop-off passengers needing special assistance or who cannot walk long distances, there will be a pull-over site on Roosevelt Rd, heading east outside the venue.

Entering the Venue: The entrance to the UIC Forum is on Roosevelt Rd. Each guest entering the venue (except for graduates and children under the age of 2) must present an official Commencement ticket to the ushers.


Ticket Information

We regret that no additional tickets are for sale at this time, as the theater has reached capacity.

If you need additional tickets, we encourage you to ask your fellow graduates to see if they have tickets they will not be using. Tickets are transferable and guest seating is unassigned. Graduates and children under two do not need a ticket.

Please note: Selling, buying and/or reproducing commencement tickets are strictly forbidden. These acts are punishable by law and can affect your graduation status.

Please direct questions to


  • Each graduate receives seven (7) complimentary tickets. If you did not pick yours up at Grad Fest, please see Tara Anderson in 310B from 8:30 am - 5:00 p.m., M-F. A Photo ID is required to obtain your tickets.
  • Graduates do not need a ticket.
  • Any child under the age of two, or who will be sitting on an adult's lap, does not need a ticket.
  • Tickets are transferable. If you do not need all of your complimentary tickets, you are welcome to give them to a fellow graduate.


2010 Grads: Email & Network Accounts Expire August 2

Class of 2010: Congratulations on your graduation! Please note the following information in regards to your email and network accounts:

Email and Network Accounts

Please be advised that your email and network account will be terminated on Monday, August 2 at 11:59 p.m. (the first Monday after the July Bar exam). After this date, you will not be able to recover any emails that are currently in your inbox.

If you would like to save your emails, you may download a .pst file of your inbox, following the instructions here. Please note that you must be on campus in order to download your .pst file, as you need access to the Chicago-Kent server for the download. Moreover, please be sure to have a flash drive or recordable CD on which to save your emails, as the files are generally too large to send by email. It is your responsibility to make a backup of your emails to a .pst file. If you have questions, please contact the Center for Law and Computers at or (312) 906-5300, but note they cannot complete this process for you.

Your Alumni E-Mail Forwarding Address

Join the Online Community

As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Alumni Association is pleased to offer an e-mail forwarding service using an email address.

This service is available through the Alumni Online Community at It allows you to choose a address that will be forwarded to your specified personal email account (e.g. gmail, yahoo, or work e-mail, etc). Your username can be your current username or you can create a new one.

The advantage of the e-mail forwarding is that once you give your forwarding address to friends and colleagues, you’ll no longer have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address; you can simply update the email account to which the email forwarding address sends to by logging into the Alumni Online Community. Please note that any emails sent to your current address DO NOT automatically get sent to your alumni forwarding address. You must notify your contacts of your new address.

In order to access e-mail forwarding, you must sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community, which, in addition to email forwarding, allows you to update your alumni information, search the alumni directory, join groups, network with fellow alumni, and keep up to date with all the news and events at Chicago-Kent. Accounts for May 2010 graduates will be available by mid-July. Click here to sign up now and we will send you your login information when you have access!

For questions or concerns, please contact the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association at or 312.906.5240.


2010 Class Gift

Got 210?

The Class Gift Committee challenges the Class of 2010 to get at least 210 people to support the class gift!

We need 210 of U 2 support the 2010 Class Gift! Donate by May 14 to get your Commencement zipper-pull.

Current Total: $2800 - 64 Donors!
View Donor List

Learn more about the J.D. Class Gift Project or the LL.M. Class Gift Project.


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


Dean Lazar's Circle


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

For more information about this project, and to make your gift, visit


Thank You to Our Donors

Thank you to all those who have already donated! (List as of 5/10/2010)

Anonymous Madeline Engel Jeff Mikrut
Chris Bailey Paul Forster Joy Mkrdichian
Temi Bennett Wei Gao Alison Papaurelis
Neil Berkowitz Douglas Garmager Jaz Park
Colleen Bisher Sarah Gasperini Yi Peng
Arlette Johnson Bly Christopher Gass Dana Popish
Michael Bregman Mike Gustafson Maria Richardson
Jackie Brody Katrice Hall Matthew Rose
Melissa Caballero Mark Hoffman Scott Salmon
Stephanie Cerf Chong† Jiang Stephanie Samuel
Judy Chang Irene Kabunduh Julie P. Sieracki
Ashley Christensen Vincent Kan Bailee Soltys
Jes Collett Nicholas Kazmerski Carolyn Sorock
Sean Conaghan Amanda Kimmel Laura Tennison
Lauren† E Conway Kelly Konzen Seth Wainer
Gavin Daly Tatyana Lee Patricia Wartan
Taras Dmukhovskyy Gwynne Kizer Mashon Di Xu
Alison Downs Chenee Lewis Christopher Yellick
David Doyle Nicole Mayer Cynthia Zenko
Erin Duncomb Garrett Melchiorre Nan Zhang
Michael Elliott Audrey Mense Viktoria Ziebarth

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


2010 Class Gift Committee

JD Project Committee
Temi Bennett Katrice Hall Jennifer Maples
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

LLM Class Gift Committee Chair: Jianze Li

Have thoughts or questions about the 2010 Class Gift? Talk to a member of the Class Gift Committee or contact Tanya Pietrkowski at

JD: ~ LLM:


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


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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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