Commencement

A student in black cap and gown wear with Class of 2022 emblem hanging down the cap outside.
A student in Cap and gown with his family from left to right in the front lawn of KCC.
A student in Cap and gown holding on to the KCC Diploma during the graduation ceremony.

The **POWER** of Community

Commencement

Time & Place

Commencement is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14 in KCC's George H. Ryan Gymnasium. Those with a ticket can attend in the gymnasium. For those without a ticket, there will be overflow rooms with a live stream, in addition to a live stream that can be accessed from any web browser.

Graduates may invite up to 5 guests to be in the gymnasium for the commencement ceremony. Wristbands are required for admission to the gymnasium. (Graduates receive their wristbands when they pick up their cap and gown.) Guests who are not seated in the gymnasium may watch the ceremony on a live videocast in the auditorium (Room L110), the Iroquois Room (Room D152) or the Workforce Development Center Conference Hall (Room D140). 

Notes:

  • Doors to the gym open at 8:45 a.m. for guests needing assistance and 9 a.m. for general seating. Doors will close at 9:55 a.m. or when seating capacity is reached. 
  • Strollers may be parked in the Activities Building lobby, but are not permitted in the gymnasium. Also, guests are kindly asked not to bring balloons and other large celebratory items that could obstruct the view of others.  
  • Earlier, three ceremonies were planned. The college is now planning for one ceremony for all graduates.

Three months before graduation:

  1. Be sure any official transcripts are evaluated by KCC, if transfer credits are needed to satisfy degree requirements.
  2. Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor by phoning 815-802-8500 or emailing advising@kcc.edu.
  3. Meet with your academic advisor to complete the petition to graduate.
  4. Pay all outstanding fees and fines.

KCC will review your petition to ensure all degree requirements are complete and financial obligations are paid. If they are, you will receive an email inviting you to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

  1. Complete the Commencement Participation Form.
  2. Purchase your cap, gown and tassel.
  3. Reference Frequently Asked Questions.
  4. Attend commencement.

Your diploma will be mailed to the address on your petition approximately six weeks after the commencement ceremony.

Caps & Gowns

Pick up your cap, gown and tassel May 3 - May 5 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. in Room D152, the Iroquois Room. If you have questions, please contact Student Affairs at 815-802-8509 or email commencement@kcc.edu.

To have your gown looking its best for commencement, place it on a hanger to allow the folds to fall out, preferably in a high-humidity area. To press (iron) your gown, turn it inside out and press with a warm—not hot—iron. Steaming is also an option.

Speaker

The commencement speaker will be Larry Huffman, Ph.D.

Reception

KCC is unable to host a reception this year. Graduates are welcome to meet up with family and friends in the college courtyard after the ceremony.

Diplomas

Graduates will receive a diploma cover as they cross the platform, but the actual diplomas will not be presented at the ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed to graduates after final grades are processed. This is common practice at most colleges and universities.

Commencement photos

Professional photographers will be at commencement taking photos before, during and after the ceremony. They will take photos of graduates as they leave the stage. Individual photos may be ordered from Image Group Photography. Choose the link to the KCC Photo Gallery.

Directions/maps/parking

If you are from out of town, review the directions to KCC Riverfront Campus, 100 College Drive, Kankakee. Park in any designated open parking lot. Disabled parking is available in the first row.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is Commencement? Commencement is Saturday, May 14.
  • How do I notify you that I plan to participate in the commencement ceremony? Complete the commencement participation form and submit it by Wednesday, May 4.
  • How much does my cap and gown cost? The cost is $30 and purchased at the college from the Accounting Office by Thursday, May 5.
  • When can I pick up my cap and gown? Pick up your cap, gown, tassel on May 3 - May 5 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. in Room D152, Iroquois Room.
  • How do I properly care for my gown? Hang the gown on a hanger to allow the folds to fall out. The best location is a high humidity area. To press (iron) your gown, turn it inside out and press with a warm—not hot—iron. Steaming is also an option.
  • Can I engage in social media during the ceremony? Yes! Feel free to share your experience with family and friends through Twitter, Facebook, etc. during the ceremony.
  • How many family members and friends can I bring to the ceremony? Graduates may invite up to five guests to be in the gymnasium for the commencement ceremony. Wristbands are required for admission to the gymnasium. (Graduates receive their wristbands along with their cap and gown.) Wristbands are not required to view the ceremony live videocast in the auditorium (Room L110), the Iroquois Room (Room D152) or the Workforce Development Center Conference Hall (Room D140). 
  • Do I get my actual diploma that day? Spring grades are not due to the college records office until Monday, May 16, so actual diplomas will not be presented at an in-person ceremony. You will receive a diploma cover and the actual diploma will be mailed to your home. This practice is common at most colleges and universities.
  • What if I still owe the college money? You can still participate in the commencement program. Please make arrangements with the Accounting Office to have this obligation resolved. You will not receive your diploma until the obligation is resolved.