Important Dates


Each graduate may invite up to four guests to attend the graduation ceremony. Every guest, including children, needs a ticket to attend the ceremony. You will receive tickets when you buy your cap and gown.

If you need additional tickets, you may be placed on a waiting list. You must show proof of purchase of a cap and gown to get on the list. You will be notified after May 14 if the additional tickets will be available. Extra tickets are not guaranteed.




The ceremony will be in the Cyclone Center located inside the Health, Fitness & Recreation Center (Building H). It will begin at 6 p.m., and end at approximately 8 p.m. The doors to Building H will open at 5 p.m. to allow guests to find seating.

IMPORTANT! Guests should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the ceremony. Entrance to the building will stop when the ceremony starts at 6 p.m. If you are not inside Building H by 5:50 p.m., you will be directed to the Dorothy Menker Theater, inside the Fine and Performing Arts Center (Building F), where additional seating will be available. You will not be allowed inside the gym even if you have a ticket or someone is saving you a seat.


The Health, Fitness & Recreation Center is located on the west side of campus. The Moraine Business and Conference Center (Building M), where the reception is located, is directly east of Building H.

Parking is available in any of the campus parking lots (except C3). The lots closest to the ceremony are C1, C2, D3 and F.

Handicapped guests can be dropped off at the front door of the Health, Fitness & Recreation Center. Parking for handicapped guests is located in the small lot south of Building H, adjacent to the building.


Seating in the Cyclone Center will be available in the bleachers with limited seating for handicapped guests on the floor and in the first two rows of the bleachers. Wheelchair-bound guests will be allowed up to three other family members to sit with them in the floor seats. Guests with other physical limitations can sit in reserved seating in the first row of the bleachers, and their family can sit in the row behind them. All other guests will need to move up the bleachers.

Additional seating will be available in the Dorothy Menker Theater in the Fine and Performing Arts Center (Building F). The graduation ceremony will be televised live on a 15’x20’ screen in the theater that can accommodate up to 550 guests in its comfortable seating. Handicapped seating also is available.

Live Stream

Moraine Valley will stream commencement live for family and friends who are unable to attend the ceremony. You can view the live stream here or on the college’s Facebook page beginning at 6 p.m., on Friday, May 18.


As an additional service, the Moraine Valley Bookstore will sell graduation gifts near the entrance to the Cyclone Center, while supplies last. Flower bouquets also will be sold at campus entrances, outside the Health, Fitness & Recreation Center and near the reception. Balloons are not allowed inside the Cyclone Center. Honor your graduation from Moraine Valley with an engravable brick to go in the Shakespeare Garden. Bricks are $150 and can be purchased online.


Moraine Valley has made arrangements with Tom Killoran Photography for a professional photographer to record the moment you are awarded your diploma. These photos can be ordered online.

Photographs are not allowed to be taken from the aisles in the Cyclone Center. Guests must take all photographs and video from their seats.

DVD Orders
An order form to purchase a DVD for $10 will be included in the graduation packet or it can be ordered at the reception in the Moraine Rooms following the ceremony. You also can print the form here and bring it to the Bookstore any time before May 18.

Note: All photographs and video taken by Moraine Valley during the 2018 commencement ceremony are property of Moraine Valley Community College and may be used for its promotional purposes.


The board of trustees, administrators and faculty invite guests to a reception to honor all graduates immediately following the graduation ceremony. The reception will be in the Moraine Rooms in the Moraine Business and Conference Center (Building M). Guests are asked to meet their graduates in the Moraine Rooms after the ceremony. Cake and punch will be served at the reception, where you also can order copies of the graduation DVD.

Current Students


The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m., and end at approximately 8 p.m. Graduates will line up on the second floor at 5:15 p.m. Please note you must stay for the whole ceremony. After exiting the stage, you must return to your seat. You will not be allowed to leave the Cyclone Center until the recessional.

Cap and Gown

The package for graduates earning an associate degree costs $25 (tax included), which includes a cap, gown, tassel, and stole. The package for graduates earning an occupational certificate costs $21 (tax included), which includes a cap, gown and tassel. Additional tassels will be sold for $3.75. Honor cords are $8.50 plus tax. These items can be purchased in the Bookstore April 16 to May 18.

Honor Cords

If you are graduating with honors, you will wear a cord at graduation to designate academic honors. The colored cords represent the following honors:

Associate Degree
Summa cum laude: 3.9-4.0 GPA, gold cord
Magna cum laude: 3.75-3.89 GPA, silver cord
Cum laude: 3.5-3.74 GPA, white cord

With high honors: 3.75-4.0 GPA, silver and green cord
With honors: 3.5-3.74 GPA, white and green cord

Grade point averages for honor cords are calculated based on grades through the fall 2017 semester. Spring semester 2018 grades are not used in calculating grade point averages for honor cords.

Honor Society Members

Phi Theta Kappa graduates are encouraged to wear an honor stole that can be purchased in the Bookstore. To guarantee you are identified as a Phi Theta Kappa member in the graduation program, you must alert Demetrius Robinson that you plan to attend graduation before April 6. He can be reached at (708) 974-5353 or

Petitioning for graduation does not guarantee all degree requirements have been met. The Records Office will mail a letter to your address of record regarding your final audit. It will either confirm you have met all the requirements or list missing requirements.