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Post-Licensure & Graduate Commencement

Congratulations Chamberlain University Graduates

Upcoming Graduations

September 2021

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Graduation Commencement 
9:00 AM DNP and RN to BSN Commencement Ceremony 
2:00 PM MPH, MSN and MSW Commencement Ceremony 

Where: 
Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center 
1551 N. Thoreau Drive
Schaumburg, Illinois 60173  

The Summer Post-Licensure and Graduate commencement will celebrate the accomplishments of those students who will or have completed their coursework in the sessions below:  

March 2021 Session 
May 2021 Session 
July 2021 Session 

Registration is required. Please confirm your attendance by August 16, 2021, here: https://cvent.me/d9MbbG

Previous Graduations

Prior to Your Ceremony FAQs

Who can attend the in-person Post-Licensure and Graduate Commencement Ceremony on September 18, 2021?

Chamberlain students who have completed their RN to BSN Online Degree Completion Option, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program, Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program, Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program during the March, May or July 2021 sessions are all invited to attend.

I cannot attend the September in-person ceremony. Will there be a virtual ceremony scheduled?

At this time, there will not be a virtual ceremony for the March, May and July 2021 session graduates. Chamberlain is excited that we will be able to celebrate our graduates’ accomplishments together in person, with COVID-19 safety precautions in place.

If you are unable to attend the in-person commencement on September 18, there will be a livestream that you can watch on the Chamberlain University Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/chamberlainedu/.

I cannot attend the September in-person ceremony. Is there another in-person ceremony scheduled that I can attend?

September 18, 2021 is the only scheduled in-person ceremony that March, May and July 2021 session graduates can attend. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, future in-person ceremonies are intended for those who will be graduating beyond the July 2021 session.

If you are unable to attend the in-person commencement on September 18, there will be a livestream that you can watch on the Chamberlain University Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/chamberlainedu/.

I graduated outside of the March, May and July 2021 sessions. Can I attend the September in-person ceremony?

We are so proud of the accomplishments of all our graduates, and commend the adaptability and perseverance you have shown during this unprecedented time. In keeping the health and safety of our students, colleagues and our communities in mind, students who graduated January 2020 through January 2021 were invited to participate in virtual ceremonies. We hope you had the opportunity to celebrate your achievements with fellow graduates, family and friends through the virtual ceremonies or in your own special ways.

To ease back into in-person gatherings and ensure a safe environment for our graduates, faculty and guests, only the March, May and July 2021 session graduates may participate in the September in-person ceremony with COVID-19 safety precautions in place, including social distancing.

Is registration required to attend an in-person ceremony?

You must RSVP to guarantee your spot at the ceremony by August 16, 2021. Click this link to complete your registration: https://cvent.me/d9MbbG

Is registration limited?

To ease back into in-person gatherings and ensure a safe environment for our graduates, faculty and guests, COVID-19 safety precautions – including social distancing and mask wearing – will be in place. Registration will be first-come, first-served, and we are pleased to be able to include up to two guests per graduate. A wait list may be generated if needed.

What happens if I’m placed on a wait list?

If you are placed on a wait list, you will be notified at the time of your registration. If a spot opens due to a graduate canceling their attendance, you will receive an email to complete your registration.

Do lap children require tickets?

No, lap children do not require tickets. We do ask that strollers remain clear of the aisles for our graduates.

Myself or a guest requires special accommodations during the ceremony. Who do I contact?

If you or your guests require wheelchair seating, limited mobility seating, ASL or additional accommodations, you are required to fill out the official Student and Guest Accessibility and Accommodation Request Form to ensure the correct accommodations are available.

All requests must be submitted by August 16, 2021.

Guests requiring special accommodations may enter the commencement hall 15 minutes before the guest doors open and find preferred seating.

*Chamberlain University and The Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center do not place holds or reserve wheelchairs. If you or your guests require a wheelchair, we strongly encourage you to bring your own. Wheelchairs are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

What is included in the Graduation Fee?

The fee covers a meaningful production welcoming you and your family, your diploma cover and honor cord (if applicable). Production fees include (but are not limited to) the venue, registration materials, audio visual, and additional precautions to accommodate socially distancing and ensure a safe environment. Paying this fee ensures that we can provide you with a graduation you will always remember. You have worked so hard toward becoming an extraordinary healthcare professional, and we look forward to sharing in this memorable day with you.

Can I receive extra tickets?

To ease back into in-person gatherings and ensure a safe environment for our graduates, faculty and guests, COVID-19 safety precautions – including social distancing – will be in place. We are pleased to be able to include up to two guests per graduate for this in-person celebration of your achievements.

At this time, we are unable to accommodate requests for extra tickets, and additional tickets will not be available on-site.

I am not attending, can I give my tickets to another student?

No, students will only receive tickets if attending the graduation activities. Students not attending will not receive tickets. The selling of tickets is absolutely prohibited and against school policy.

Where can I purchase regalia?

Order your commencement regalia and other graduation-related items by clicking here. Your regalia is yours to keep, so you may order even if you aren’t sure you will attend the ceremony or want to create your own celebration at home.

The deadline to order regalia is August 6, 2021.

Is there specific regalia per degree?

Yes, each degree has a specific color robe, stole and hood (if applicable). Stoles are degree-specific and do not list the specialty track. You can find more information about regalia by visiting Jostens here.

Where can I book a hotel room?

Use this link to book overnight accommodations in the Chamberlain room block by 5:00 pm on August 26, 2021. Availability is limited.

book.passkey.com/event/50162428/owner/27662/home

Many hotels are located in the area including:

Embassy Suites

Hyatt Place

Doubletree

Hilton Garden Inn

How do I get to the Renaissance Schaumburg?
 
O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
Midway Airport (MDW)
Distance to Hotel

13 Miles/20-minute drive

35 Miles/45-minute drive

Pre-Arranged Transportation

• American Taxi: 847.255.9614

• $35 (One Way)

• American Taxi: 847.255.9614

• $60 (One Way)

Taxis – No Reservation Necessary

Access on the lower level after exiting baggage claim

• Average fare: $65 (One Way)

Access on the lower level after exiting baggage claim

• Average fare: $75 (One Way)

 

 

Is there a graduation mobile app?

Yes, follow these steps to access the mobile app:

1. Visit this URL: guidebook.com/g/chamberlaingraduation/

2. Tap the “download” button to get the free Guidebook app

3. Open Guidebook and search: Chamberlain University Graduation

4. To connect with other guests, go to Attendee Check-In and create an account

Day of Ceremony FAQs

Are masks required?

Yes, at this time masks are required for all attendees, including guests and graduates. The health and safety of our students, colleagues and communities continue to be of utmost importance to us. As a University educating the healthcare leaders of tomorrow, it is our responsibility to lead by example and continue minimizing the risks of spreading COVID-19. While there is renewed hope as the vaccine continues to roll out across the country, the current climate creates the need for us to remain patient and vigilant so that we can come back stronger on the other side of this pandemic. In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the situation and provide any updates.

Will I be seated socially distanced from other graduates?

Yes, at this time students will be socially distanced, 6 feet apart.

Will my family members be seated socially distanced from other guests?

Yes, at this time family members and guests will be seated in pairs of two chairs, 6 feet apart.

What is the walking order of graduates?

9:00 am DNP and RN to BSN Ceremony

• The order of graduates will be: DNP, then RN to BSN

2:00 pm MSN, MPH and MSW Ceremony

• The order of graduates will be: MSW, MPH, MSN – Accelerated Track, MSN – Clinical Leadership, MSN – Educator, MSN – Executive, MSN – Healthcare Policy, MSN – Informatics, MSN – Population Health, MSN – RN-BSN to MSN, MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Are tickets required?

Each graduate will receive wristbands (color-coded per ceremony) for their guests to enter the ceremony based on the number of tickets registered – two tickets maximum.

You may check in on Friday, September 17, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm CT in the Schaumburg Ballroom to obtain your guest wristbands and eligible honor cord. If you’re unable to check in on Friday, you may do so prior to your ceremony during student holding. Please review the agenda for your assigned student holding time.

Please note that lost or misplaced wristbands will not be replaced. Students will only receive the number of tickets registered.

Do I need to check in prior to the ceremony?

Yes, you may check in on Friday, September 17, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm CT to obtain your guest wristbands and eligible honor cord. If you’re unable to check in on Friday, you may do so prior to your ceremony. Please review the agenda for your assigned student holding time.

Can a family member walk down the aisle with me?

We do not allow any family members, including infants, to walk down the aisle with graduates.

Will I receive a commencement program?

To promote an eco-friendly, paperless environment with less contact touchpoints, we are only offering electronic versions of the program. The program will be available here and via your mobile app, prior to your ceremony without student names.

Programs will be updated with March, May and July 2021 session graduate names by the beginning of October and will be available here at that time.

All other session programs are available electronically here.

What if I forgot my regalia?

Extra regalia will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will not be placed on hold for any graduate. Extra regalia can be found in the Schaumburg Ballroom (student holding room) starting on Friday, September 17, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm CT as well as prior to your ceremony during your designated student holding time.

What if I forgot to register for the ceremony?

Registration is limited and required to be completed by August 16, 2021. At this time, we cannot accept late registrations.

Will names be read aloud during the ceremony?

Yes, you will fill out a name reader card with your information including the phonetic spelling of your name. It will be given to our faculty name readers before you cross the stage.

Will I receive an honor cord?

Cords that are worn by the graduates at the commencement ceremony are based on the final cumulative GPA that is provided by the National Registrar's Office. There will be three types of cords worn by graduates at the post-licensure and graduate graduation ceremony:

White & Gold Cord for RN to BSN Graduates

• President's Honors – 3.5 CGPA and above

Teal & White Cord for MSN, MPH, MSW and DNP Graduates

• With Distinction – 3.85 CGPA to 3.99 CGPA

White & Royal Blue Cord for MSN, MPH, MSW and DNP Graduates

• With High Distinction – 4.0 CGPA

Cords will be distributed to eligible students during student check-in on Friday, September 17 or Saturday, September 18.

If you are not attending graduation and would still like to purchase these items, please visit the Chamberlain Marketplace, select “In Stock,” then “Graduation.”

Will my honor distinction be read aloud during the ceremony?

Yes, your hard work deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated, and your honor distinction will be announced. Please note the following distinctions per degree:

White & Gold Cord for RN to BSN Graduates

• President's Honors – 3.5 CGPA and above

Teal & White Cord for MSN, MPH, MSW and DNP Graduates

• With Distinction – 3.85 CGPA to 3.99 CGPA

White & Royal Blue Cord for MSN, MPH, MSW and DNP Graduates

• With High Distinction – 4.0 CGPA

Will the ceremony be livestreamed?

Yes, each ceremony will be livestreamed via Chamberlain University’s Facebook page.

Will I be hooded on stage?

DNP graduates only will be hooded on stage by a member of Chamberlain’s faculty.

Will I receive a diploma cover?

Yes, graduates will receive a diploma cover as they cross the stage from a member of Chamberlain’s faculty.

Diplomas are not inserted into the diploma covers.

Will I receive a diploma?

Diplomas are not provided at commencement.

Once you complete your final course(s), you will receive an electronic copy of your diploma within four weeks as well as a paper copy that may take up to six weeks to be delivered to the address on file.

Is there a dress code?

The ceremony is business casual for you and your guests. You must wear your cap and gown at the commencement ceremony. Make sure that the shoes you wear to graduation allow you to walk up and down stairs as well as across the stage.

Is parking complimentary at The Renaissance Schaumburg?

There is complimentary on-site parking at The Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center.

Will my photograph be taken during the ceremony?

Professional photographers from GradImages have been hired to take your photograph. Please remind your guests to stay in their seats throughout the entirety of the commencement. They will be asked to be seated so all guests can see their graduates walk across the stage.

Preregister with GradImages to receive your photos at gradimages.com/preregistration.

Follow the link and type “Chamberlain University” and select the applicable ceremony date and time. Complete the form to register.

Do I need to stay for the entirety of the ceremony?

Yes, to avoid distracting graduates, guests and the podium party, graduates and guests should plan to stay through the entirety of the of the formal graduation ceremony.

General Graduation FAQs

Do I need to complete a graduation application?

As of May 3, 2021, the graduation application is no longer required. Graduation registration is still required to participate in an in-person ceremony.

When do I receive my diploma?

Once you complete your final course(s), you will receive an electronic copy of your diploma within four weeks as well as a paper copy that may take up to six weeks to be delivered to the address on file.

If your name or shipping address has recently changed, please contact the Student Services team at 888.556.8226, option 3 or onlinestudentservices@chamberlain.edu and provide your updated information for your diploma. Your request must be submitted no later than 10 business days before your expected graduation date (note: this is different from your ceremony date).

Diplomas cannot be mailed to P.O. boxes.

I have changed my name and would like it listed differently in the program.

If you would like your name listed differently in the program, you must contact the Registrar's Office at cuinquiries@chamberlain.edu well in advance of the ceremony. The name on file will be the name included in the program.

PLEASE NOTE: Graduates will be asked to fill out a card for the name readers during the ceremony. Graduates will print their name on their card how they would like to be announced on stage regardless of what is on file with the Registrar’s Office.

How do I obtain my transcripts?

Please view chamberlain.edu/offtransguide for instructions on how to request your official transcripts. Please note that your account must not have any holds, otherwise a transcript request will not be processed.

Why am I not being invited to attend the graduation on the campus near me?

You are invited to attend commencement activities designed specifically to celebrate your post-licensure and graduate Chamberlain experience and achievements. Post-licensure and graduate students may only attend the ceremony held in the Chicagoland area.

This event is different from campus graduations, which are designed to celebrate pre-licensure students’ experiences and achievements. The ceremonies held on campuses do not have any representation from the post-licensure or graduate faculty students.

I am not attending the in-person graduation but would still like to purchase a diploma cover, a digital program or an honor cord. Where can I purchase these items?

If you are not attending graduation and would still like to purchase these items, please visit the Chamberlain Marketplace, select “In Stock,” then “Graduation.”

I have a specific question regarding the Post-Licensure and Graduate Commencement. Who should I contact?

Please contact the Student Services team at 888.556.8226 or onlinestudentservices@chamberlain.edu

Share the Celebration

Although we can’t be together—we can still celebrate. We’ve created some fun ways you can share the celebration in your social channels, in your windows and during your next virtual get together.

 

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