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Post-Licensure & Graduate Commencement

Congratulations Chamberlain University Graduates

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Students at graduation

September 2021

Saturday, September 18, 2021
In Person Commencement Cancelled

As a University dedicated to preparing the healthcare leaders of tomorrow, the well-being and safety of all our students, colleagues and communities are the top priority for us. To ensure we’re doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as variants emerge and cases start to rise once again, we have determined it is necessary to cancel the in-person Summer Post-Licensure and Graduate Commencement Ceremony on September 18, 2021. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions section below and be on the lookout for information regarding your virtual ceremony in the coming weeks.

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General FAQs

Why is Chamberlain canceling the in-person Summer Post-Licensure and Graduate Commencement Ceremony?

As a University dedicated to preparing extraordinary healthcare professionals, the well-being and safety of all our students, colleagues and communities are the top priority for us. We were looking forward to celebrating this important milestone with you in September, and even recently announced a policy requiring vaccination to participate in the in-person commencement ceremony. But as COVID-19 variants emerge and cases rise once again, we have determined it is necessary to cancel the in-person ceremony to ensure we’re doing our part to curb the spread of the virus. We appreciate your continued commitment and partnership with Chamberlain in both leading by example and minimizing the risks of spreading COVID-19 in our respective communities. 

Will you be rescheduling the in-person Summer Post-Licensure and Graduate Commencement Ceremony?

At this time, we will not be rescheduling an in-person commencement ceremony for March, May and July 2021 session graduates as COVID-19 variants emerge and cases start to rise once again. While we will not be able to celebrate together in person, we are excited to recognize your accomplishments at a virtual ceremony scheduled on Saturday, October 16, 2021.

Will a virtual commencement ceremony take place?

Yes, we are excited to celebrate your success with you virtually on Saturday, October 16, 2021. In the coming weeks, please continue to check your Chamberlain email for more details on the virtual celebration and how to register.

Can I walk in a future in-person ceremony?

Due to ever-evolving global pandemic conditions, we are unable to offer you the opportunity to walk in a future in-person ceremony at this time. We hope that you will be able to join us in celebration of this important milestone in your journey at the virtual ceremony on Saturday, October 16, 2021.

Will I still receive my honor cords?

For those who are eligible to receive honor cords and register for the virtual commencement ceremony when registration is available, we will send you your honor cords at no cost to you.

What if I would like to have a diploma cover?

If you would like to purchase a diploma cover, please visit the Chamberlain Marketplace, select “In Stock,” then “Graduation.”

Will I still receive a program?

Yes, a complimentary digital program for summer session graduates will be available on the graduation site by October 16th. 

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

Please contact our Student Services team at 888.556.8226, option 3 or by email at onlinestudentservices@chamberlain.edu.

In-Person Commencement Fee Refund FAQs

Will I receive a refund on my registration fee?

Yes. If you’ve already registered, a credit will be issued to the original form of payment within 7-10 business days for your full $125 graduation fee.

What if I no longer have the credit card used in my original payment?

We only have the capability to refund to the original form of payment. Please reach out to your bank to receive instructions on how to transfer the refund to your new card.

What if I’ve already ordered regalia?

If you have already ordered your regalia through Jostens as of the deadline on August 12, 2021, we will be refunding you for the total amount you spent to your original form of payment. The credit will show up on your statement from Jostens in the coming weeks. You will still receive your regalia, if you haven’t already, and we encourage you to wear the items during the virtual ceremony to celebrate your accomplishments.

How do I cancel my hotel reservations?

If you’ve already made a reservation at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, a one-night advance deposit was required per room, plus tax to guarantee accommodations. This is refundable as long as you cancel the reservation at least three business days prior to arrival date and the cancellation number is obtained. Please contact the hotel directly at 847.303.4100 or visit the booking link to manage your existing reservation.

Will I be refunded or compensated for other travel-related costs like flights?

The circumstances of this global pandemic continue to impact travelers and events everywhere. While we do not have the authority to change reservation terms or order refunds on flights, however, we encourage you to reach out to the airline or travel company you booked with directly to determine what options are available to you.

Virtual Commencement FAQs

Will a virtual commencement ceremony take place?

Yes, we are excited to celebrate your success with you virtually on Saturday, October 16, 2021. The specific times for your virtual commencement ceremony are below. Please continue to check your Chamberlain email regularly for more details including registering and accessing your virtual graduation.

March 2021 Session Ceremony: Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 10:00 am CDT
May 2021 Session Ceremony: Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 1:00 pm CDT
July 2021 Session Ceremony: Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 4:00 om CDT

Can I participate in a virtual ceremony outside of my graduating session?

We’ve created a wonderful experience for each cohort to celebrate specifically with their graduating class that will be recorded andavailable to view at your convenience on our YouTube channel.

If you do have an extenuating circumstance, please reach out to onlinestudentservices@chamberlain.edu to gain approval to participate in another ceremony.

Can family and friends participate in the virtual graduation?

Yes! Your hard work deserves to be celebrated, and we hope you will share your accomplishment with family and friends. March, May and July session graduates will receive instructions to participate in the virtual celebration, and how to invite family and friends to join.  

While you celebrate with friends and family, we hope you will take into consideration the importance of following COVID-19 safety precautions – including social distancing and mask wearing – to help prevent the spread of the virus. 
 

Is registration required?

Yes, student registration is required and details of how to register will be sent to your email from NameCoach, our virtual graduation partner. The registration deadline of September 17, 2021 will ensure your information is featured during the virtual ceremony. Please thoroughly read through all details in your registration email.

I did not receive an email to register. Who do I contact?

Please contact onlinestudentservices@chamberlain.edu for specific questions and include your D# and graduation date.

Will I be able to upload a photo during registration?

Yes, please upload a photo when you complete your registration via NameCoach. We have put together some guidelines that may help in selecting the best photo for your commencement:
•    Submit a color photo.
•    Your image should be greater than 600px (0.5-2MB).
•    Your attire should be business professional, regalia or a white lab coat. Solid colors are best.
•    Have someone else take your photo. No selfies please.
•    Do not use filters commonly used on social media.
•    The photo should be cropped just above the waist.
•    Use a plain background if possible.
•    Face the camera directly with full face in view.
•    Try positioning yourself with light in front of your face.
•    You should be the only person in the photo.

Your photo will be displayed on your slide along with your name, degree and earned honors for all participants to see. Please see below for an example of what your slide will look like with a photo and without. If your image does not follow these guidelines, it may need to be removed or cropped.

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Will names be read aloud during the ceremony?

Yes, students will provide phonetic spelling of their names during registration, and names will be read aloud during the ceremony. 

Will my honor distinction be featured in the ceremony?

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

DNP, MSN, MPH and MSW Degrees:
•    Student with 3.85 – 3.99 CGPA are recognized as: With Distinction Honors
•    Students with 4.0 CGPA are recognized as: With High Distinction Honors

RN to BSN Degrees:
•    Students with 3.5 + are recognized as: President’s Honors
 

Will the virtual ceremony be recorded?

Yes, the virtual ceremony will be uploaded to our YouTube channel following the live stream broadcast.

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Can I walk in a future in-person ceremony?

Due to ever-evolving global pandemic conditions, we are unable to offer you the opportunity to walk in a future in-person ceremony at this time. We hope that you will be able to join us in celebration of this important milestone in your journey at the virtual ceremony on Saturday, October 16, 2021.

Can I order regalia?

Yes, you may order regalia from the Jostens website if you are interested in purchasing. Please note that regalia is not required for the virtual ceremony as you will not be on camera but can be ordered to use for photos and as a personal keepsake should you choose to. Students wanting to purchase regalia in time for the virtual graduation ceremony must order by September 10, 2021.

The Jostens website will remain open for any students wanting to purchase regalia outside of that time, but please note that it may not be delivered in time for the ceremony.

What if I would like to have a diploma cover?

If you would like to purchase a diploma cover, please visit the Chamberlain Marketplace, select “In Stock,” then “Graduation.”

Will I receive my honor cords?

For those who are eligible to receive honor cords and who register for the virtual commencement ceremony, we will send you your honor cords at no cost to you. Due to shipping times, your honor cord is not guaranteed to arrive by your ceremony date. 

For students who do not register to participate in the virtual graduation, honor cords will be available for purchase on the Chamberlain Marketplace.

RN to BSN
President's Honors, Gold and White Honor Cord
3.5 CGPA and above

MSN, MPH, MSW and DNP
With Distinction, Teal and White Honor Cord
3.85 - 3.99 CGPA

With High Distinction, Blue and White Honor Cord
4.0 CGPA

Will I still receive a program?

Yes, a complimentary digital program for summer session graduates will be available on the graduation website by October 16, 2021. 

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.

 

Yard Signs

Social Profile Frames and Filters

Virtual Zoom Background