Rockford University December Recognition Ceremony

Saturday, December 7, 2019
11:00 a.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center, Rockford University

All Summer and Fall 2019 degree candidates are invited to participate in the Rockford University December Recognition Ceremony. This event is not an official commencement ceremony; however, it is a day to honor December degree candidates. You are also invited back in May to participate in the 2020 Commencement exercises.

To be eligible to participate in the 2019 December Recognition Ceremony, you must meet at least one of the following requirements:

• All degree requirements completed Summer 2019
• All degree requirements completed Fall 2019

Before the Event

If you will be attending this December event, please RSVP by December 2, 2019 to Jen Cunningham, Executive Assistant to the President at with your full name and number of guests attending the ceremony.

Academic dress is not required for the December Recognition Ceremony; you do not need to purchase a cap and gown. Business attire is appropriate.

We encourage you to invite family members, friends, and other special guests to the ceremony. Tickets are not required for this event, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The entire campus community will also be invited to attend.

If you think we will have difficulty pronouncing your name during the ceremony, please leave a voicemail at 815.226.4010 no later than December 2, 2019 and kindly spell your last name, and then clearly pronounce your full name.

Maddox Theatre is accessible for those with special needs. If you or someone else needs special assistance, please contact Jen Cunningham at 815.226.4010.

Upon your graduation, you will officially become a member of the Rockford University Alumni Association. The Alumni Office plans great activities such as Reunion @ Homecoming, alumni gatherings across the nation, and special events on campus. Please take a moment to complete the Graduate Information Form >>


On the Day of the Event

Please arrive at the Design Studio in the Clark Arts Center at 10:00 a.m. for check-in and line-up. Please leave all of your personal items with your family; you will not be able to leave anything in the Studio during the ceremony.

You and your fellow graduates will process into the theatre and sit together as a group. President Eric W. Fulcomer, Ph.D. will welcome you and your guests and introduce a member of the Board of Trustees, who will introduce the ceremony’s speaker. Following the keynote address, you will be acknowledged for your achievements as you are called individually onto the stage for President Fulcomer to personally congratulate you.

You and your guests are invited to a reception immediately following the event in the lobby of Clark Arts Center.

You and your guests should park in Lots B and C. View our campus parking map >>

Family members and friends are welcome to take pictures during the ceremony. We ask that as family and friends position themselves to take photos, they are mindful of those seated around them.


After the Ceremony

Please make sure the SAS Office (Nelson Hall, 1st floor) has correct and updated information (mailing address, telephone numbers, and email addresses) for contacting you. You will not receive your diploma during the December Recognition event. Diplomas are mailed after the ceremony.

In addition to December Recognition, we invite you to participate in the University’s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2020. Details about this event will be mailed to you in February.

Should you have any questions, please contact the appropriate office below:

Graduation status/student account questions:
Undergraduate degree candidates: please contact Wayne Cheng at 815.226.4072.
MAT or MBA degree candidates: please contact Graduate Studies at 815.226.4040.

December Recognition event questions:
Please contact Jen Cunningham at 815.226.4010 or

Department Information

Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Jen Cunningham, Executive Assistant to the President