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Commencement Information:
ArrowCommencement information.
ArrowGRAD SURVEY DUE Monday, April 30.
ArrowGRAD FEST: Pick up your cap & gown and tickets on Tuesday, May 1.
ArrowUpdate on Commencement Tickets.
ArrowVenue Information.
ArrowSpecial Assistance Tickets: Request by 3pm on Monday, April 30.
ArrowSave the Date: Post Bar Party on Wednesday, July 25.
Class of 2012 Class Gift:
ArrowThe 2012 Class Gift Project.
ArrowMay 1: Faculty Gift-Matching Day with Professor Sarah Harding.
ArrowYour 2012 Class Gift Committee.
ArrowThank you to our donors!
ArrowYour gift in action – fountains are installed on five floors!
Chicago-Kent Night with the White Sox:
ArrowFriday, June 8.

Class of 2012

Commencement Information

Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 Graduates: The Alumni Association is your home for Commencement 2012!

Your official commencement ceremony will take place Sunday, May 13, 2012 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.


GRAD SURVEY: Due April 30.

The Graduate Survey for May 2012 Graduates is available at It must be submitted no later than Monday, April 30.

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

  1. The Application for Graduation was due Monday, January 30. If you did not complete this form, contact the Registrar's Office immediately.

You will receive a confirmation email once a graduation audit has been performed. Please note that any changes you make to your schedule after the audit may affect your graduation requirements. You should check with the Registrar's Office prior to making any changes.

  1. The 2012 Graduate Survey:  The Graduate Survey for May 2012 Graduates is available at It must be submitted no later than Monday, April 30.

In order to participate in the commencement ceremony on May 13, 2012, all students must submit the following form:

  1. The Cap and Gown Order Form. Caps and Gowns ordered by Sunday, April 1 were complimentary on behalf of the Alumni Association; however, forms submitted beginning April 2 at Midnight will be charged a late fee. Order online at

Please note: only the forms on the Chicago-Kent Commencement Portal (listed above) are required for commencement. Graduates do not need to complete any IIT forms regarding Commencement.


Grad Fest: Tuesday, May 1

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. If you cannot attend, email immediately to make other arrangements.


Update on Commencement Tickets

Based on the tickets requested through cap and gown order forms, in addition to each student receiving six (6) tickets per graduate (regardless of what you originally requested), each graduate has the option to purchase up to six (6) additional tickets.  Additional tickets will be available for purchase ($10/each) on May 1 at GRAD FEST. 

Notes regarding tickets:

  • We encourage graduates who are not using all of their tickets to give to others in need. 
  • Any graduates who are not participating in the ceremony receive six tickets regardless, so they are welcome to pick up their six tickets at GRAD FEST and distribute. 
  • Graduates are not allowed to sell or barter unused tickets.  
  • Graduates, children under 2, and family members participating as alumni legacy hooders do not need a ticket.
  • If you find that you are still in need of tickets after exhausting all other resources, please contact me and we will work to accommodate.


Venue Information.

The Chicago-Kent College of Law Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 13, 2012 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.

Directions, Public Transportation and Parking Information is available at


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. 


Special Assistance Tickets.

If you or your guests require special assistance or accessible seating at the commencement ceremony, please contact Tara Anderson, Director of Alumni Relations, at (312) 906-5245 or by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 30, 2012 to receive accessible seating tickets.

Guests who request accessible seating tickets will receive specially marked tickets. Those who have special assistance tickets may begin seating at 1:15 p.m. Seating opens for all other guests at 1:30 p.m.

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.


Save the Date: Class of 2012 Post-Bar Party.

Celebrate your graduation and the completion of the Bar Exam!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Rock Bottom Brewery–Rooftop Deck
1 West Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60610

2012 Graduates: FREE (until July 23); $10 at the door.

RSVP online at by July 23.


Class of 2011 Class Gift

The 2012 Class Gift Project.

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law 2012 Class Gift: H2O12

The class of 2012 is raising money in memory of Ayodele Jegede, classmate and friend, to convert existing water fountains throughout the building to filling stations for reusable water bottles, as well as to retrofit the water dispenser in the Spak seating area with a heating unit so students can have access to hot water when the cafeteria is closed.

This project takes advantage of existing building infrastructure to make Chicago-Kent better for students, faculty and staff, & to encourage eco-friendly habits.

Make your gift online today!


Faculty gift-matching days!

Make your gift on our next faculty gift-matching day with Professor Sarah Harding, who will be matching gifts up to $500 at GRAD FEST on Tuesday, May 1.

Many thanks to Dean Stephen Sowle & Professor Adrian Walters for hosting faculty gift matching days & doubling students' dollars!

Please visit to make your gift online, or stop by GRAD FEST to make your gift on a faculty gift-matching day! 


Your 2012 Class Gift Committee

Many thanks to the Class of 2012 Class Gift Committee for their work on this year's project!

Committee Chair:  Katsie Calhoun

Ali Ammoura   Eun-Kyung Kim
Liz Camille Christen     Patrick Milott
Joe Janas   Anthony Sarkees



Thank you to our donors!

Many thanks to all who have given to support the Class of 2012 Class Gift project.

Jennifer Acker
Christopher Acuna
Tony Allegretti
Ali Ammoura
Travis Bayer
Jack Bentley
Prof. Evelyn Brody
Katsie Calhoun
Joe Carlasare
Liz Camille
Prof. Sungjoon Cho
Katie Cisneros
Samuel DeJong
Freddy Fonseca
Kendra Garstka
Aaron Gillett
Lisa Green
Chris Grubb
Candace Hansford
Daniel Herman
Justinian Hobor
Anna Hussey
Joe Janas

Eun-kyung Kim
Simone King
Steven Kuptsis
Ramona Lewis
Stephen Liadis
Andrew Medeiros
David McKenzie
Janelle Olsen
Jenna Palanti
Christopher Pellegrini
Kayla Portillo
Jordan Pringle
Anthony Sarkees
Brett Siegel
Phillip Skaggs
Maximilian Smith
Dean Stephen Sowle
Meganne Trela
Mary Ellen Vales
Prof. Adrian Walters
Michael W. Ward
Sharon Wyatt-Jordan
John Young


Your Gift in Action

Thanks to your generosity, fountains have already been installed on the concourse, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 9th floors! We still need additional support to reach the goal of $2,012, so visit to make your gift today, or giving during the next Faculty Gift-Matching Day, May 1, when Professor Sarah Harding will match all gifts up to $500.


Chicago-Kent Night with the White Sox

Discounted tickets for June 8 game!

Friday, June 8th, 2012
7:10 P.M.
U.S. Cellular Field

The White Sox have dedicated Friday, June 8th to Chicago-Kent College of Law. On this special night the White Sox would like to offer specially priced tickets to all Chicago-Kent Alumni students, faculty, and their family and friends. Tickets regularly priced at $44, $40, $26 and $18 are available for $34, $30, $13 and $9. Additionally you can purchase a Hot Dog Value Meal as well as Parking.

Following the game stay in your seats for a postgame fireworks presentation!

Visit – click on Schedule and then click the T in the June 8th box. On the corresponding page, type “KENT” in the password box. Service fees will apply.

Or, click here to download a flyer and order form (PDF).



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