Chicago Graduation & Commencement


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Commencement Schedule

9:00 AM— Graduates check-in and line-up

10:00 AM— Commencement ceremony begins

The commencement ceremony is approximately 2-2.5 hours in length.

Graduates must arrive at the venue to check-in with AIU staff at the check-in table. AIU staff will be there to direct and guide you to the check-in location. At check-in, graduates will receive honors or military recognition items along with line-up, procession and seating instructions.


Navy Pier Grand Ballroom
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Registration & Regalia Purchase

Graduates must register to participate in the ceremony and order their regalia on the Jostens registration site.

There are several steps that must be completed to successfully order your regalia and register for a commencement ceremony. Please Review the Commencement Registration Guide before getting started!

Registration Deadline

Friday, July 7, 2017

Late Fees Charged

Friday, June 16, 2017 (To avoid late fees register before the late fee date.)

Special Regalia Circumstances

The official AIU cap and gown must be worn to ensure uniformity among graduates.

  • If a graduate has an AIU gown from the Associate’s program and is graduating from a Bachelor’s program, the same gown can be worn. The appropriate programmatic stole must be purchased on through Jostens while registering.
  • Master’s graduates, who own a cap and gown from an undergraduate program, must order the Master’s regalia to receive the master’s gown and hood.
  • For other unique circumstances please contact for ordering assistance or questions.

Tickets and Seating

Tickets are not issued. Seats are first come, first serve; families should arrive early for priority seating. We ask for graduates to limit their guest number to a reasonable amount to respect fellow graduates and guests.


Graduates will be photographed on stage and during the commencement. Photographs will be available for purchase several weeks post-graduation. Purchasing information will be sent to graduates via email.

Special Needs Accommodations

Graduates or guests requiring special assistance should contact to discuss accommodations.

Graduation Student Speaker

If you are interested in submitting a speech to be considered as the Houston ceremony’s student speaker, please email your speech to by Friday, June 16, 2017. Speeches will be reviewed and selected graduates will be contacted.

Alumni Celebration Event

Friday, August 4, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Pinstripes Chicago
435 E Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60611

Registration and Event Information

To learn about the alumni event details and reserve your tickets, please click RSVP. There is a limited number of tickets available—Reserve your spot today!


A limited number of rooms are reserved for graduates and their guests at the luxurious Sheraton Grand Chicago. The hotel is located downtown overlooking the Chicago River. The hotel is less than a mile from Navy Pier and is near shopping, Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile. Five distinctive restaurants and lounges are on property to offer a great dining and entertainment experience.

Sheraton Grand Chicago
301 East North Water Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
  • Dates: Friday, August 4th and Saturday, August 5th
  • Room Rate: $279
  • Reservations accepted until: 5:00 PM CST on July 5, 2017

Reservation: Call the toll free number, 888-627-7106, and requesting the “AIU Online” room block.

Classes Start December 27, 2017