Information for Students

Got questions about Commencement? Here are some answers. If you still have questions, contact the Office of Registration and Records.

First things first. Make sure that you have applied for graduation! If you’re not receiving Commencement emails via your Elmhurst College account and you intend to graduate this spring, please email

Caps and Gowns

You can order your cap and gown in person at Beck’s Bookstore, located right next to Goebel Hall, or purchase online. (When you order your cap and gown online, you will receive an email from Beck’s Bookstore saying “This item is out of stock.” Please do not panic. You will still receive your cap and gown before the Commencement ceremony.) You will receive an email when your regalia is ready. Regalia can be picked up at Beck’s Bookstore or at Grad Finale. If you choose to have the regalia shipped to your house, you will receive a notification when your order has been shipped. All orders are shipped via UPS.

The deadline to order your cap and gown is Monday, March 2.

Grad Finale

Grad Finale is Thursday, April 23, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center. At Grad Finale, you can:

  • Pick up your cap and gown
  • Pick up Honors tassels
  • Obtain Commencement information
  • Receive information about alumni benefits
  • Discuss your financial obligations
  • Have a professional photo taken of you in provided regalia
  • Purchase class rings and graduation keepsakes

Diploma Information

Diplomas will be available for pickup the week after degrees are posted on May 29, 2020. All diplomas that are not picked up by June 15 will be mailed out the following week via USPS.


When will my degree be posted on my transcript?

  • End of Fall Term: December 31, 2019
  • End of January Term: January 31, 2020
  • End of Spring Term: May 23, 2020
  • End of Summer Term: August 15, 2020

Ordering Transcripts

When you order your transcripts online, select “Hold for Degree” in the processing time box. If you have any questions about ordering transcripts, contact the Office of Registration and Records.

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