Thanksgiving Holiday

In observation of Thanksgiving Rockford University campus and offices will be closed Thursday, November 23 & 24, 2017.

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State of the University

10/12/2017 10:27 am

Photo Gallery

05/18/2017 9:29 am

Watch the Ceremony Live

05/12/2017 10:47 am

Alumni Graduate Form

12/12/2016 2:29 pm

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! We look forward to welcoming you to the Rockford University Alumni Association. Whether you are completing your bachelor’s or master’s degree, please know we have a special place in our association just for you!

Here in the Alumni Office, our job is to connect you – be it to job opportunities through alumni, ways to volunteer on campus, old friends you may have lost touch with or to other alums in your area – we are here to help. To ensure we can assist to the best of our abilities, we need a little help from you, our alum.

Please take a moment to complete this graduate information form. The information provided will help us keep you updated on what’s happening on campus and upcoming events and activities you may be interested in! As your information changes through the years, please remember to keep us updated. Contact us whenever your address changes, you get married, change jobs or have other great news to share.

We look forward to working with you as a proud Rockford University Alumnus/a! If you have any questions or need anything at all, please feel free to contact me.


Kristyn King
Director of Alumni Affairs
(815) 394-5111 or

President’s Office

11/08/2016 1:38 pm

Dr. Eric W. Fulcomer

Eric W. Fulcomer, Ph.D., is Rockford University’s 18th president. He began his duties on July 1, 2016.  Dr. Fulcomer was one of three finalist selected in the nation-wide search process to name Dr. Robert L. Head’s successor. Dr. Head announced in Feburary 2015 that he would retire at the conclusion of his contract on June 30, 2016. Dr. Fulcomer’s appointment was finalized with a unanimous vote at the University’s Board of Trustees meeting on Saturday, February 20, 2016.  Previously, Dr. Fulcomer served as the Vice President for Enrollment Management at Rockford University and has more than two decades of leadership experience in higher education.

Rockford University Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas A. Muldowney ’74 said, “After a nationwide search to select a successor to President Head, we are extremely pleased to have unanimously chosen a President who is well-positioned to expand on the stability and improvements that Dr. Head has overseen for the past eight years. Dr. Fulcomer understands our strengths and challenges; his insight and proven leadership will be extremely beneficial for our University. We are very proud and excited about the prospects for Rockford University with Dr. Fulcomer at its helm.”

“I am honored and humbled to have been selected by the Board of Trustees to serve as the 18th President of Rockford University” stated Dr. Fulcomer. “Since joining the institution three years ago, I have been so impressed by our highly distinguished faculty who excel in their fields and who prepare our students well for graduate school, vocation and active participation in a global society. I have been equally impressed by our many dedicated staff members who support our students in so many ways. I believe that the education we provide at Rockford University is indeed the very best of what American higher education has to offer: grounded in the liberal arts, extended by professional and practical experience. I look forward to working with our faculty, staff, students, board, alumni and friends as we continue to build a strong future for our great University.”

Board of Trustees Vice Chair and the Presidential Search Committee Chair James W. Keeling added, “Dr. Fulcomer brings a highly successful enrollment expertise to the position. Under his leadership, enrollment has steadily improved, with a record student enrollment this year. We know how essential this remains for the success of any university, especially Rockford. In addition, Eric has the unique experience of having served as an elected official for 11 years in his former community, as alderman, council president and mayor. During his three years in Rockford, Dr. Fulcomer has been an excellent representative of Rockford University as a community leader with Transform Rockford, Alignment Rockford, and as a board member and volunteer for other local and regional organizations.”

President Robert L. Head added, “Dr. Fulcomer has proven himself to be an exceptional leader and dedicated proponent for Rockford University. Beyond his success in leading us in growing enrollments to record levels, he is uniquely qualified to continue without disruption the momentum already underway. It’s been my pleasure to work alongside Dr. Fulcomer for the past three years and I’m thrilled that he has been chosen to lead Rockford University in its efforts to become an increasingly capable institution for our students and community.”

About Dr. Fulcomer‌‌

In addition to his enrollment management responsibilities at Rockford University, Dr. Fulcomer also supervised the areas of student administrative services, student life, athletics and global affairs. Prior to coming to Rockford, Dr. Fulcomer was Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Life at Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio. He served there from 1993 to 2012. He has teaching experience at both Bluffton University and Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Fulcomer received his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Toledo, his master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and his bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature, cum laude, from Eastern Michigan University.

He and his wife Andrea, a physician assistant, live in Rockford and are proud parents of two teenage children, Noah and Anna.


About Dr. Fulcomer – Curriculum Vitae

Comcast Newsmakers interview – October 2017

Dr. Fulcomer discusses the Rockford University Student Opportunity Fund.



Press conference announcing the appointment of Dr. Fulcomer as RU’s 18th President:





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President’s Annual Reports


11/03/2016 1:32 pm

2017 December Recognition Ceremony

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center


Rockford University 164th Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 12, 2018
2:00 p.m. (procession beginning at 1:45 p.m.)

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

December Recognition

10/18/2016 1:30 pm


Rockford University December Recognition Ceremony

Saturday, December 9, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center, Rockford University

All Summer and Fall 2017 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 2018 Commencement exercises.

To be eligible to participate in the 2017 December Recognition Ceremony, you must meet at least one of the following requirements:

• All degree requirements completed Summer 2017
• All degree requirements completed Fall 2017

Before the Event

If you will be attending this December event, please RSVP by December 4, 2017 to Teddy Phillips, Special 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 815.226.3387 no later than December 4, 2017 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 Teddy Phillips at 815.226.3387.

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 12:00 p.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 12, 2018. 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 Teddy Phillips at 815.226.3387 or


Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Teddy Phillips ’05/’07, Special Assistant to the President


10/18/2016 1:26 pm


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.


Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Teddy Phillips ’05/’07, Special Assistant to the President

Guests with Special Needs

10/18/2016 1:24 pm


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.



Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Teddy Phillips ’05/’07, Special Assistant to the President

Directions and Parking

10/18/2016 1:18 pm


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:



Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Teddy Phillips ’05/’07, Special Assistant to the President