Fall 2018 Graduation Candidates

Countdown to Graduation

September 4, 2018

  • Graduation Application becomes available on WebAdvisor
    Potential undergraduate degree candidates: If you have not yet received a degree check, please contact the Registrar's Office at registrar@aurora.edu. To complete your degree and receive a diploma, whether or not you plan to participate in the ceremony, you must complete the Graduation Application.
    • Verify name to be printed on diploma
    • Verify diploma mailing address is correct
    • Indicate whether or not you will participate in the ceremony
    • Pay graduation fee (all students must pay regardless of participation choice)
  • Cap and Gown ordering begins
    • Order your cap and gown from Herff Jones
    • You must have a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony
    • Cap and gown is yours to keep

November 1, 2018

  • Deadline for Graduation Application
    • If you do not complete the Graduation Application by the deadline, please contact the Registar's Office at registrar@aurora.edu with Graduation in the subject line or call 630-844-5462.
  • Deadline to order cap and gown
    • You will not be able to participate in the ceremony if you do not order an Aurora University cap and gown. If you have questions, please email gwcevents@gwc.aurora.edu or call 262-245-8501.
  • Registrar confirms graduation honors
    • You can find graduation honors requirements here. Honors will be based on the cumulative GPA and semester hours completed as of November 1 (fall graduates) preceding commencement and updated upon degree notation.

November 13, 2018

  • Graduation Survey link to be sent to your AU email address
    • Please take a few minutes to complete the brief survey. This survey will help AU better serve students and alumni in their career-planning activities and is an important step in completing your graduation requirements.

April 1 - April 4, 2019 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Weidensall Administration Building
April 5, 2019 | 9 a.m.-10 p.m. | Weidensall Administration Building

  • Cap and Gown Days
    • Pick up cap and gown.
    • Pick up commencement packet. Packet will include specifics for your commencement ceremony and tickets for your guests.
    • Update information with Office of Alumni Relations.
    • Receive information about ordering class ring, diploma frame and personalized announcements.
    • Purchase souvenir tassels. Souvenir tassels can also be purchased on Commencement Day in Upper Lewis Hall.

April 12, 2019 | 2 p.m. | Crimi Auditorium, Aurora Campus

  • Honors Convocation
    • Recipients of the Gold Ivy Leaf and university awards will be recognized. Recipients and their families will be invited to attend.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

  • 10 a.m.: Graduating students report to Upper Lewis Hall to line up for ceremony
  • 11 a.m.: GWC commencement ceremony - Ferro Pavilion
Contact Us

Graduation Requirements, Grades, Transcripts

Registrar's Office

Graduation Fee


Cap and Gown

Herff Jones

Announcements, Class Rings and Diploma Frames

Herff Jones



Accessibility on Commencement Day


Aurora University

AU Commencement website

Woodstock Center and Online Students

Woodstock Center and Online students can select to participate in either the GWC campus ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2019 or the Aurora campus ceremony on Sunday, May 5, 2019.

Commencement Day


A professional photographer will take each graduate's photo as he/she receives his/her diploma. The graduate will receive a proof of the photos via email after the ceremony and will be able to order prints. For more information, visit MyGradPic.

Cameras are permitted, but guests are asked to remain in their seats during the ceremony.


The ceremony is videotaped and streamed live here; the video will be available for replay afterward.


Fresh flowers are available for purchase before and after the ceremony.

Severe Weather

In the event that severe weather occurs during the ceremony, the President will immediately conclude the event. Campus Public Safety officers and university staff will direct attendees to designated areas of shelter. The ceremony will not be resumed; degree candidates may go directly to Lewis Hall for graduation photographs.