Rockford University’s 166th Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 17, 2020.

All Pre-Commencement events will take place on the Rockford University campus.

The Coronado Performing Arts Center will be used for the Commencement ceremony.

Rockford University Commencement
Sunday, May 17, 2020
2:00 p.m.
Coronado Performing Arts Center
314 N. Main Street, Rockford IL 61101

Doors to the Coronado Performing Arts Center open one hour before the ceremony. The academic procession begins at 1:45 p.m., at which time guests will not be allowed to enter the building. Once the procession has concluded, guests will be allowed once again in the theatre.

Each person in attendance at the Commencement ceremony, regardless of age, must present a ticket to gain entrance. Tickets will have to be ordered in advance by the degree candidate only and will not be available at the door of the Coronado Performing Arts Center.

Guests with Special Needs

Wheelchairs are not provided at the Commencement ceremony and must be brought by the guests. If you or a guest requires a special seat, please let your graduate know so they can indicate this when they request tickets for the ceremony. If this is determined after your graduate has requested tickets, please have him/her e-mail as soon as possible.

Directions and Parking

All graduates and their families are to park in visitor lots A, B and C on campus for the Pre-Commencement events. Other parking lots on campus will be reserved for faculty, event staff, etc.

Parking for the Commencement Ceremony is available at various downtown locations. For additional information and driving directions, please visit the Coronado Performing Arts Center website:


Flowers will be available for sale at the Coronado Performing Arts Center prior to the Commencement ceremony.

You may pre-order flowers here, to be picked up on the day of the event.

Department Information

Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Rita Elliott, Commencement Coordinator
Office of Marketing & Communications