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Class of 2024: Five things to remember for this weekend’s ceremonies

College of Law 2024 commencement stage
Photo by Steve Woltmann

To get the most out of your well-deserved commencement ceremony and have a seamless, day-of experience, here are the top five things you should remember going into this weekend: 

What to bring and when to arrive ​

  • Arrive — dressed in your regalia — at the Wintrust Arena loading dock an hour before your ceremony. There will be no designated areas to change on-site.
  • Remember to bring your reader card! Graduates should limit personal belongings. Your guests can bring belongings in a Wintrust-approved bag. Wintrust Arena has a strict purse and bag policy that limits the size and style of bags allowed. These policies will be enforced without exception.  ​

How to get there 

Paid parking is available but limited near Wintrust Arena. Consider using public transportation, or a taxi or rideshare service.


If you did not pick up your tickets at Commencement Pickup, they will be under your name at the Wintrust Arena box office beginning one hour before the start of your ceremony.

Livestream ​

The ceremony will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person. ​The video will go live at the start of the ceremony. 


You will not receive your diploma at the ceremony but rather a diploma cover. For students who have conferred, your diploma should have arrived at your diploma address provided in Campus Connect. If you have yet to officially graduate, your diploma will be mailed following the conferral of your degree. 

Above all else — have fun and enjoy this special day! You have worked so hard to get to your graduation ceremony, so cherish this moment with the Blue Demon community, your family and friends.  ​