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Commencement Ceremony Check-In and Line-Up
Sunday, May 17, 2020, 1:00 p.m.
Back Door entrance (off Park Ave)
Coronado Performing Arts Center

All degree candidates are asked to report to the back door entrance (off of Park Ave) of the Coronado Performing Arts Center by 1:00 p.m. to officially check in and line up for the Commencement procession. Graduates must bring only their caps and gowns and leave purses, coats and valuables with their families. Storage for personal items is not available. There will be Faculty Marshals, Junior Marshals, and event staff in the area to direct you, help you robe, and arrange you in line for marching.

Commencement Ceremony Procession

Sunday, May 17, 2020, 1:45 p.m.
Coronado Performing Arts Center

Led by the Head Faculty Marshal and the Junior Marshals, degree candidates will process through the corridors and theater lobby. Faculty will follow the graduates in the procession. The Platform Party, led by their marshal, will complete the procession. When you find your seat, we ask that you please remain standing until instructed otherwise.

Commencement Exercises

Sunday, May 17, 2020, 2:00 p.m.
Coronado Performing Arts Center

The approximate length of the ceremony is two hours. This time-honored traditional event marks an end to many years of study on your part. Each student will have his/her name called, will walk across the stage, receive his/her diploma cover and shake hands with Dr. Eric W. Fulcomer, President of Rockford University. In addition to the conferral of degrees, the ceremony will include presentation of the senior class gift, and the Commencement address.

There will be a light reception following the ceremony in the lobby of the Coronado Performing Arts Center.

Department Information

Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Rita Elliott, Commencement Coordinator