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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.


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: www.kentlaw.edu/commencement. If you have additional questions, you are welcome to email us at commencement@kentlaw.edu.


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 commencement@kentlaw.edu 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

GRAD FEST
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

Commencement
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.

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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.

 



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:
$100.00:
Sowle Circle
Support your Class Gift
$75.00:
Platinum
$50.00:
Diamond
$20.11:
Gold

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Optional Practical Training Tutorial

There is an extremely helpful tutorial located here: http://www.iit.edu/~internat/OPTNEW/ .  As noted in the directions, you must complete the tutorial before you can access the necessary application materials.

Once you have completed the tutorial and the application, there is a form that needs to be signed by your academic advisor.  Dean Harris is the academic advisor for all LL.M. students.  As such, you can leave the form with Hilary or Lauren for Dean Harris to sign (you do not need to make an appointment, unless you feel that you need one) and we will notify you when it is ready to be picked up.

Please note that to be eligible for OPT, you have to be an F-1 student who has studied at least one academic year in the U.S. (Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 in most cases).

ICenter Hours and Travel Signatures

Reminder: The International Center has advising hours at the Downtown Campus on Thursdays from 9:00am to 4pm in room 656.  Please call 312-567-3680 by Wednesday at 4:30 pm to make an appointment.

If you are planning to travel outside of the U.S., you are required by SEVIS to have a travel signature.   To obtain a travel signature on your I-20, please bring it to the International Center.  The International Center recommends that you bring your I-20 to them at least one week in advance.  We advise that you get your travel signature well in advance.  A travel signature is valid for 12 months; however, we strongly advise that you obtain a new signature if the previous travel signature is more than 6 months old.   For more information on travel, please see: http://www.iit.edu/~internat/forms/Travel_Handout_F1.pdf.

 


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