Graduating & Commencement

So, you are ready to graduate. Congratulations! We hope you look back on your time here with fond memories, and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors! Here you will find information on applying to graduate, as well as registering to participate in Commencement.

We confer degrees and certificates at the end of Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Students must apply for their degree/certificate prior to the deadline for their final semester.

Deadlines to Apply to Graduate

  • Completing in the Fall Semester (December) – apply by October 1.
  • Completing in the Spring Semester (May) – apply by March 1.
  • Completing in the Summer Semester (July) – apply by June 1.

The commencement ceremony is only offered at the end of Spring semester in May. Students can participate virtually in the ceremony regardless of which semester during the current academic year (summer, fall through spring term) they completed degree/certificate requirements.

Application for Degree/Certificate

It’s time to claim the proof of all your hard work and apply for your Degree/Certificate.

Applying for graduation is EASY and FREE from your eServices account! Once logged into eServices, select “My Academics” and then select “Apply for graduation”.  You are only eligible to apply to graduate from the program of study in which you are enrolled.  If you need to add a program of study or change your program of study, please complete a Degree/Certificate of Study Change Request form.


Commencement is an opportunity for you, your friends and family to celebrate all that you have accomplished here at ICC and marks a pivotal milestone in your education.

Virtual Ceremony

In light of the public health recommendations currently in place, the Illinois Central College spring commencement will transition to an online virtual ceremony. The format may be different, but the excitement to celebrate ICC students has never been more inspired. The virtual ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

In addition to the announcing the graduates’ names, live remarks will be made by Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey, ICC President. ICC welcomes Kim Blickenstaff, local community developer and ICC alumnus, as this year’s keynote speaker.

Graduates will receive an email with instructions on how to join the virtual ceremony. Deadline to register is May 1, 2020.

If you would still like to order a cap & gown, the deadline is April 14, 2020. Order through Herff Jones

Diploma Reprints

Need a replacement diploma? Diplomas can be reprinted at a cost of $25. Click the button below to place your order. Please allow 7-10 business days for processing.

Notice: Do to the fact that many of our staff working from home due to the coronavirus COVID-19, we are not able to process diploma requests at this time.