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Commencement information:
ArrowRequired forms: Submit cap & gown order form by April 4 to avoid late fees.
ArrowComposite photo proofs due April 1.
ArrowCommencement ticket information.
ArrowYour commencement timeline.
ArrowIIT Commencement Ceremony.
ArrowOut of town graduates.
2011 Class Gift
ArrowThe 2011 Class Gift is underway!
ArrowApril 5: Class Gift party.
ArrowJoin the Class Gift Committee.
Upcoming Alumni Networking Events:
ArrowApril 6: Diversity Networking Reception.
ArrowApril 13: Immigration and International Law Networking Soiree.
ArrowApril 21: Public Interest Awards Night.
ArrowApril 26: IPLS Alumni Reception and Awards.
Chicago-Kent Night with the White Sox
ArrowHalf-price tickets available for White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins on July 7. 

2011 Commencement Information

Commencement Information

Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 Graduates: The Alumni Association is your home for Commencement 2011! Your official commencement ceremony will take place Sunday, May 15, 2011 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 year. For more information, including FAQs, please visit the Commencement Portal online.


Required Forms: Cap & Gown Form Due April 4!

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

  1. The Application for Graduation was due no later than Friday, January 28.

  2. The 2011 Graduate Survey must be submitted no later than Monday, May 2.

  3. Graduation Survey

In order to participate in the commencement ceremony on May 15, 2011, all students must submit the following forms:  
  1. The Cap and Gown Order Form. Caps and Gowns ordered by midnight on Monday, April 4 are complimentary on behalf of the Alumni Association; however, forms submitted after the deadline will be charged a $20 late fee.

  2. Cap and Gown Form

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


Composite photo proofs due April 1

If you have taken a composite photo, please be sure to return your photo proofs to the photographer—not to the Alumni office—by April 1.

  • If you took photos in the fall, instructions and a return envelope were included in your photo proofs packet. Please mail back your circled selection by April 1.
  • If you took your picture in February, you received an email with the photo proofs online with instructions.
  • If you took your picture last week (March 8/9), watch for an email from Tara Anderson with instructions on viewing them online.

Please Note: If you do not make a selection for your composite by April 1, the photographer will choose a picture for you.

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


Commencement Tickets

Please see the following details about Commencement tickets:

  • Each graduate receives seven (7) complimentary tickets.
  • Tickets will distributed at GRAD FEST on Thursday, May 5 from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. in the lobby of the law school.
  • A Photo ID is required to obtain your tickets.
  • Both the Cap and Gown form and the Graduate Survey must be submitted before you can receive 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.
  • Additional tickets will be available for purchase at GRAD FEST on a first-come, first-serve basis for $10/ticket. Disclaimer: Due to the unusually large size of the class of 2011, the amount of extra tickets that will be available for purchase will not be determined until May 3. Please try to not over-invite above your allotted 7 tickets.
  • Non-graduating students, faculty, staff or alumni who wish to attend should contact by Monday, May 2.

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


Your Commencement Timeline

Monday, April 4

Cap and Gown Order Form Due
This form is required to participate in Commencement exercises. Caps and Gowns ordered by midnight on Monday, April 4 are complimentary on behalf of the Alumni Association; however, forms submitted after the deadline will be charged a $20 late fee.

Cap and Gown Form


Monday, May 2

2011 Graduate Survey Due
This form is required for ALL graduates. It must be submitted no later than Monday, May 2.

Graduation Survey


Thursday, May 5

Your 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.


Sunday, May 15

The 2011 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.


IIT Commencement Ceremony

All IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law graduates are also invited to participate in a campus-wide Illinois Institute of Technology Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2011 on the main campus in addition to the Chicago-Kent ONLY ceremony on Sunday, May 15. If you are interested in walking, please indicate so on the graduate survey.


Out of Town Graduates

If you will not be in the Chicagoland area during Spring 2011 and are planning to participate in the Commencement ceremony, please email to arrange for tickets, cap and gown, and other graduation information as soon as possible.

Please visit the Commencement Portal for other details about your Commencement ceremony.


2011 Class Gift Update

The 2011 Class Gift is Underway!

J.D. and LL.M. Class Gift Project

The 2011 Class Gift Committee announces the class gift project: 

The Class of 2011 gift to Chicago-Kent will be used to purchase furnishings for the Law School’s proposed “Rec Room.” The Class envisions a vibrant space in the law school building to accommodate students’ needs for relaxation, camaraderie, and entertainment. The gift will fund the purchase of comfortable seating, game equipment (such as ping pong, foos ball), and televisions. 

Get involved. Give back. Support a project that will benefit students in the years to come. Please watch the Record and Commentator for further details and ways to get involved.

Suggested giving levels:
Sowle Circle
Support your Class Gift


April 5: Class Gift Party

Class of 2011: Join us for a party to celebrate the 2011 Class Gift project! The party will be held on Tuesday, April 5 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the front lobby, and will feature free cupcakes and beer for graduating students. More details will be announced soon! 


Join the 2011 Class Gift Committee

Join the school’s coolest committee:  the 2011 Class Gift Committee! We need you! Talk to a member of the Class Gift Committee or contact Lisa Turley at

2011 Class Gift Committee In Formation
Michael Brandt
Nayra Calderon Najera
Jason Dirkx
   Roderic Henry
Jaclyn Hildebrand
David Imrem   
Katie Jahnke 
Mariana Karampelas
Anongrath Konglarp
Nick McIntyre
Mallory Milluzzi
Michaela Muresan
Eric Meyers
Kaitlin Powell 
Laura Raatjes
Mark Silverman 
Danielle Tucker
Jackie Zablocki 


Upcoming Alumni Networking Events

Diversity Networking Reception: April 6

The Alumni Association, along with the Asian-Pacific Islander Law Students, the Black Law Students, the Chicago-Kent Lambdas,  the Hispanic-Latino Law Students, and the South Asian Law Students Associations cordially invite you network with fellow alumni, friends and current students at a reception. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
6:00-8:00 p.m.
10th floor event room

RSVP is required. RSVP to  (312) 906-5240 or by Monday, April 4.


Immigration & International Law Networking: April 13

Join us for a chance to meet Chicago-Kent’s future immigration and international law stars and other attorneys in these fields in Chicago!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
5:00-7:30 p.m.
10th floor event room
Drinks and light appetizers will be provided.

RSVP to by Friday, April 8.


Public Interest Awards Night: April 21

2011 Public Interest Awards NightPlease join us as we honor the 2011 Marovitz Public Interest Award recipients, and recognize recipients of two new awards, the Public Interest Partner Award and the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Awards: 5:00 p.m.
Networking Reception follows
Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium

For more information on the awards and the 2011 recipients, visit




IPLS Alumni Reception and Awards: April 26

The Intellectual Property Law Society presents:

IPLS Alumni Reception and Awards
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
6:00-8:00 p.m.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 W. Adams St., 10th Floor
Chicago, IL 60661

Please join us to network with IP alumni and students. The reception will also recognize the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, Bart A. Lazar ’87, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, in honor of his contributions to the field of intellectual property law and to the Chicago-Kent community.

RSVP by Friday, April 22 to or (312) 906-5240.


Chicago-Kent Night with the White Sox

Half-price tickets available for July 7, 2011

White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins
Thursday, July 7, 2011, 7:10 p.m.
U.S. Cellular Field, 333 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60616

On this special night the White Sox are offering half-priced tickets to all Chicago-Kent alumni, students, faculty, staff, and their family & friends. Tickets regularly priced at $43, $39, $27 and $17 are available for $21.50, $19.50, $13.50 and $12.

To order online, visit, click on "Schedule" and then click the "T" in the July 7th box. On the corresponding page, type “KENT” in the password box. Service fees will apply.

Tickets may also be ordered by mail or fax. Click here to download the order form (PDF).

All orders must be received by Friday, June 10th.

Please note: Tickets are subject to availability and due to high demand, we encourage you to register as soon as possible.



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