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 candidate line-up and the Commencement ceremony.

Rockford University Commencement
Sunday, May 17, 2020
2:00 p.m. (procession beginning at 1:45 p.m.)

Coronado Performing Arts Center
314 N. Main Street
Rockford IL 61101


Please refer to the events listed below for additional information, including date, time, and location.


Diplomas are mailed during the summer months after Commencement. Please make sure the SAS Office (first floor, Nelson Hall) has correct and updated information (both mailing address and telephone number) for contacting you after graduation. If there is a question about the status of your account, please contact the SAS office at 815.226.4062 by 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 15, 2012. It is your responsibility to ensure that your account with the University is up-to-date prior to Commencement.

If you are unable to attend Commencement, you must notify the SAS Office in writing to 5050 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108 or fax at 815.394.5174. Include your name, written signature and preferred mailing address, so we can mail you your diploma after Commencement.


To be eligible to participate in the 2020 Commencement ceremony, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • All degree requirements completed Summer 2019
  • All degree requirements completed Fall 2019
  • All degree requirements completed Spring 2020

In order to graduate, you must have completed a graduation application.

Please call SAS at 815.226.4062 immediately if you have not yet submitted an application or paid the application fee. All graduation applications should be complete and on file in Student Administrative Services (SAS, Nelson Hall, first floor).


During the Grad Fair on March 19 and March 20, 2019, you may have your picture taken in a cap and gown by Central Valley Studios. During Commencement, Central Valley Studios will take your picture as you approach the stage and as you receive your diploma.

You will receive information by mail from Central Valley Studios approximately three weeks prior to Commencement about the opportunity to purchase pictures. There is no charge to have your picture taken. Central Valley Studios will mail you a selection of proofs and information about purchasing photos.

To order pictures after Commencement, you may also visit the Central Valley Studios website at

Students can preregister for free proofs from the Grad Fair at:


Should you have any additional questions, please contact:

Graduation Status – please contact SAS at 815.226.4062
Student account questions – please contact SAS at 815.226.4062
Pre-Commencement & Commencement questions – please contact Rita Elliott at 815.226.3374 or email

Department Information

Attention Graduates:

In the event the ceremony is cancelled, gowns can be returned.
They MUST NOT be removed from the plastic packaging to be accepted for return.

Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Rita Elliott, Commencement Coordinator
Office of Marketing & Communication