- Commencement information:
Important: "Day-of" instructions.
- Venue information: UIC Forum.
- UPDATE: Ticket information.
- Class of 2011 Post-Bar Party: July 27.
- Class of 2011: E-mail and network accounts expire August 1.
- 2011 Class Gift
- The 2011 Class Gift is underway!
- Donate by May 13 to receive your zipper pull for Commencement.
- Thank you to our donors!
Half-priced tickets available for two White Sox games:
- Law Night: Thursday, June 9 vs. Oakland A’s.
- Chicago-Kent Night: Thursday, July 7 vs. Minnesota Twins.
2011 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 kentlaw.edu email for announcements and updates throughout the year. For more information, including FAQs, please visit the Commencement Portal online.
Important: Day-of Instructions
Graduates: You MUST arrive no later than 1:15 p.m. Please go directly to the Graduate Robing Room (entrance will be to the right of the main doors-southwest corner of building) between 12:15-1:15 p.m. to pick-up your name card and to line-up.
Guests: Theater doors open for general seating at 1:30 p.m. and close at 2:20 p.m. Guests who arrive after 2:20 p.m. will be seated after graduates and faculty process. Seating is unassigned and we encourage larger parties to arrive early if you wish to sit together. Guests with special assistance tickets may begin seating at 1:15 p.m.
The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours. A champagne reception will immediately follow in a tent across the street. The ceremony and reception typically last a combined total of three hours.
If you have additional questions, you may visit us in Suite 310 or contact us at (312) 906-5240 or firstname.lastname@example.org Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
The Chicago-Kent College of Law Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. at the UIC Forum*, 725 W Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608. A champagne reception immediately follows in a tent across the street from the UIC Forum.
*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, 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. A champagne reception will immediately follow. The ceremony and reception typically last a combined total of three hours.
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.
*Price is subject to change.
UPDATE: Ticket Information
- Each graduate receives seven (7) complimentary tickets.
- Tickets were distributed at GRAD FEST on Thursday, May 5.
- 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.
- NO additional tickets are available.
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 email@example.com.
Class of 2011 Post-Bar Party: July 27
How will you unwind from the Bar exam? All members of the 2011 Graduating Class (including Fall 2010 graduates) are invited to the Post-Bar Party, regardless of when you take the Bar exam!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Rock Bottom Brewery's Rooftop Beer Garden
1 W. Grand Ave.,
Chicago, IL 60610
Open Bar - Raffle Prizes - Hors d'Oeuvres
2011 Graduates: FREE (until July 25); $10 at the Door
Email Account Expiration
Please be advised that your kentlaw.edu email and network account will be terminated Monday, August 1st. After this date, you will not be able to recover any emails that are currently in your @kentlaw.edu 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 906-5300, but note they cannot complete this process for you.
As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Alumni Association is pleased to offer an e-mail forwarding service using an @alumni.kentlaw.edu email 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 2011 graduates will be available by mid-July. You will be notified by the Alumni Association when your account has been created.
The forwarding service allows you to pick a email@example.com 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 kentlaw.edu 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 @kentlaw.edu address DO NOT automatically get sent to your alumni forwarding address. You must notify your contacts of your new address.
For questions or concerns, please contact the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.906.5240.
The 2011 Class Gift is Underway
J.D. and LL.M. Class Gift Project
The 2011 Class Gift Committee announces the class gift project:
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.
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.
Suggested giving levels:
Donate by May 13 to receive your zipper pull for Commencement
Donors to the Class Gift will receive a commemorative Chicago-Kent zipper pull to wear during graduation. Make your gift by May 13 to receive your zipper pull at the ceremony!
Thank you to our donors!
Many thanks to all who have already donated! (List as of 5/2/2011)
||Shiying Cheng (LLM)
|Prof. Daniel Coyne
||Prof. Sarah Harding
|Jialu Zhou (LLM)
Half-price tickets available for 2 White Sox games
Law Night: Thursday, June 9
White Sox vs. Oakland A’s
Thursday, June 9, 2011, 7:10 p.m.
U.S. Cellular Field,
333 W 35th St,
Chicago, IL 60616
The White Sox have dedicated Thursday, June 9th to those in the field of law. Half-priced tickets are available for attorneys, law school students, their associates, employees, family, and friends.
To order online, visit whitesox.com, click on "Schedule" and then click the "T" in the June 9th box. On the corresponding page, type “LAW” in the password box. Service fees will apply.
Tickets may also be ordered by mail or fax. See flyer for ordering details (PDF).
Orders must be received by Friday, May 13.
Chicago-Kent Night: Thursday, July 7
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 whitesox.com, 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).
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.