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Harper College will celebrate formal Commencement exercises at 11 a.m. on Saturday,
May 21, 2022 on the main campus located at 1200 W. Algonquin Rd., Palatine. The ceremony
includes fall 2021 graduates and candidates for spring and summer 2022 graduation.
Additional details will be available soon.
We look forward to seeing you at the ceremony and sharing this special occasion with
you!The following information is designed to answer questions you might have about this
When and where is the commencement ceremony? Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 11 a.m. on the Harper College
main campus located at 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. The ceremony will take place
outdoors near the Pavilion behind Building D.
Who is eligible to participate in the ceremony?
All fall 2021 graduates and any student who has applied to graduate for the spring or summer 2022 semester.
Is there a guest speaker at the ceremony?
There will be a guest speaker and updated information will be available soon!
When can I pick up my cap and gown?
You may pick up your cap and gown from the Bookstore (L260) beginning May 9. If you
have questions regarding your cap and gown, contact
HarperStore at 847.925.6275. You should arrive at the ceremony dressed in your gown. Tassels should
be worn on the right side of the mortarboard and then moved to the left once degrees
and certificates are conferred.
Graduation is confirmed once all credit is awarded, grades are finalized, and degree/certificate
requirements are met. The ceremony is simply a celebration.
What time should I arrive at the ceremony and where should I park?
Please arrive no later than 10 a.m. Procession will begin promptly at 10:45 a.m. Parking
is available in lots 8-14 and parking lot G.There is no charge for parking in lot G (parking garage).
Where do I go once, I've parked?
Go directly to Building D. Only graduates are allowed in Building D. Family and friends
must go to the guest seating area. Graduates will line up according to degree or certificate
– AA, AS, AGS, AES, AFA, AAS, Certificates and Health Career graduates. Signs will
be placed throughout the line-up area and volunteers will be there to assist with
How early will my guests be seated and where should they park?
We will begin seating guests at 10 a.m. Guests should park in lots 8-14. There will
be signs and Harper Police directing graduates and guests to designated parking areas.
Individuals with disabilities should park in any adjacent accessible parking spaces.Additional seating for guests to view the ceremony indoors will be in Building D near
Starbucks.Starbucks will be selling coffee and refreshments from 9am – 1:30 pm.
Is there a limit to the number of guests I may invite?
Do they need tickets to attend? Due to safety precautions, we ask that you limit your total number of guests to no
more than 4-5. Guests do not need tickets to attend the outside event.
What do I need to bring to the ceremony?
You will receive your name card and photo card when you pick up your cap and gown
at the Bookstore (L260) beginning May 9.If you have your gown shipped to your home, you may pick up your name card at the
Bookstore.Please do not forget to bring your name card with you as this will be used to announce
your name at the ceremony. You will hand the name card to a designated faculty name
reader as you cross the stage.
Please leave any valuables with family or guests. There will be no designated area
at the ceremony where you may leave your valuables.If you choose to carry your cell phone or camera with you, please be advised that
Harper College is not responsible for the loss or damage to these or any other valuables.
As a courtesy to your fellow graduates, please have your cell phone or any other electronic
devices set to vibrate.
Will pictures be taken of graduates as they cross the stage?
arper College has made arrangements with a graduation photography company to photograph
you as you are shaking hands with the President and as you exit the stage. The company,
Graduation Foto, will contact you regarding graduation pictures. If you do not hear from them within
a few weeks after the ceremony, you may contact them at 800.482.0321. There is no
obligation to purchase pictures.
You will receive a graduation photo card when you pick up your cap and gown from HarperStore. Be sure to fill out the card and bring it with you to the ceremony. The card will
be collected as you walk to the stage.
Can guests purchase flowers at the ceremony?
Yes, Harper College has made arrangements with a florist to purchase flowers and they
will be available near the guest seating area.
How long is the ceremony?
The ceremony will last approximately one and a half to two hours.
I have a guest who requires accommodations for a disability, who should I contact
Access and Disability Services at 847.925.6266. A sign language interpreter and closed captioning will be available
at graduation. Please note that Harper College does not provide wheelchairs.There will be a drop off area for guests with special needs outside Building W, the
Wojcik center.Guests will be transported to the Pavilion from this area.
When will I receive my diploma?
Official certification of graduates will start when all grades are final. Diplomas
will be mailed out 6-8 weeks after the end of the term.
What should I wear?
The ceremony will be held in an uncovered area outdoors, near the Pavilion behind
building D. Along with the standard graduation regalia that you have ordered from
HarperStore, we suggest comfortable shoes for walking. Guests should also dress appropriately
What should I do in the event of inclement weather such as lightning or a tornado?
Please make sure to check the Harper web site for the most up-to-date information about weather conditions and the commencement
ceremony.If the ceremony cannot be held outside due to inclement weather, the graduation will
take place in the gymnasium, Building M.Due to the size of the venue, only graduates and faculty will be able to be seated
in the gymnasium. All guests may view the ceremony live on various locations across
campus or view livestream from home.
Whom should I contact if I have additional questions?
Contact the Registrar's Office by phone 847.925.6500 or email