Graduation and Commencement


2019 Commencement - May 18, 2019 at 11 a.m.

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Dr. Martha Kanter

Dr. Martha Kanter leads the College Promise Campaign’s national initiative to increase college access, affordability and completion in American higher education, starting in the nation’s community colleges. She is also a Senior Fellow at New York University’s Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy. She specializes in policy efforts to identify innovative education interventions, financing models and behavioral incentives at the local, state and national levels to raise America’s high school and college graduation rates from two and four-year colleges and universities. Her academic interests include: The Confluence of Access, Equity and Excellence; The Intersection of Policy and Politics in American Higher Education; and The Contributions of America's Community Colleges to the Nation's Social Fabric, Civic Future and Economy.

Graduation FAQs

Harper 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.

Official certification of graduates will start when all grades are final. Diplomas will be mailed out 6-8 weeks after the end of the semester.

Contact the Registrar's Office by phone 847.925.6500 or email

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