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Graduation & Commencement

Congratulations, Graduates!

You can now petition for graduation (certificates or degrees) from the Panther Portal! Please familiarize yourself with our upcoming graduation petition deadlines, important announcements, and FAQs.

The application deadline has officially closed for spring 2021. We are excited to celebrate with our graduates at our in-person experiences this May! Please see flyer for more information.

Upcoming Petition Deadlines:
Summer 2021- July 1
Fall 2021- November 1
Spring 2022- April 1

If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the online application, please email MortonGrad for assistance. In your email, please include your full name, student ID number, and degree/certificate program.


Important Announcements:

We encourage you to meet with your Academic Advisor each semester but especially if you are unsure about having met the graduation requirements. There are deadlines to petition each semester so it is important to plan accordingly.

Check this page frequently for information regarding cap and gown ordering and commencement ceremony instructions for more information.

Further commencement related questions may be directed to:

Jim O'Connell

Student Development Liaison
(708) 656-8000
Ext: #2459
Building B

2021 Commencement Ceremony

Morton College will host in-person commencement ceremonies following safety protocols for the Class of 2021 students so long as local and state guidelines allow.

The traditional commencement ceremony will be held in-person for the graduates only on Friday, May 21st. and Saturday, May 22nd.

In addition, Morton College will host a drive-thru virtual broadcast featuring the commencement ceremonies for family and friends to participate.

“We are tremendously proud of our graduating Panthers, who have remained steadfast in their studies and focused in achieving their goals at Morton College,” said Dr. Stan Fields, President of Morton College. “We applaud this year’s Class of 2021 and we invite all graduates, as well as their friends and family to join us in the drive-thru virtual celebration.”

The graduating students will also take part in a Class of 2021 Celebration the week of May 10th. The alumni will have an opportunity to take a series of photos throughout the Student Commons and receive a special Class of 2020 gift.

“Even though large gatherings are on hold, we at Morton College still want to honor our graduates as they prepare for the next steps in their lives,” Dr. Fields said. “It’s important for all graduates to know that they have earned their accolades and will forever be a part of the Morton College family.”

Family and friends are encouraged to participate in the May 20 and May 21 celebrations online, tagging social media posts with #WeAreMC #SomosMC.

The Class of 2021 is the 96th graduating class at Morton College which was founded in 1924.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Ideally, all students should meet at least once a semester with their assigned academic advisor to discuss academic plans. If you are unsure of your eligibility to graduate, please call 708-656-8000 ext. 2250 to schedule an appointment with your advisor.

It’s easy! We now have an online Student Self-Service menu that enables all candidates to apply for graduation online. Please refer to our PDF handout guide to view all steps. 

All programs listed at the initial log-in of your graduation application are those that are listed as active in our student account system. At one point, you may have selected these programs when you first applied to the college but had not updated this information with either your advisor or admissions department.  Before proceeding with the application, be sure to contact your academic advisor or visit Admissions (1st floor, Building B) to update your program of study. Once you have completed the process, you can then complete your graduation application.  IMPORTANT: If you are unsure of which program you are applying to, please visit your academic advisor immediately. 

If you have incorrectly entered information on your application (misspelled name, wrong diploma address, etc) you should be able to log into your application before the deadline to make corrections.  If you are unable to make changes, please email us at as soon as possible. We will work with you! 

Great question! There is a key difference between the two. A student can apply for graduation in any term. This includes: summer, fall and spring. Applying for graduation (also known as petitioning to graduate) indicates that you intend to finish your degree (s) or certificate(s) by the end of the term. For example, students who are in their final semester of their program this spring term should apply for graduation before the April 1st deadline to ensure that their transcripts and diploma reflect a spring graduation date. Summer and fall semesters have specific deadlines as well. Please be sure to visit this site regularly for any updates on deadline dates. Commencement is the ceremony that occurs every year in May to celebrate our graduates. Participating in commencement is completely optional but strongly encouraged.

Students who graduated in the summer and fall terms preceding the commencement date are invited to participate. For example, students who graduated during summer 2019, fall 2019, and spring 2020 are invited to participate in the May 2020 commencement ceremony. All graduates should indicate if they are participating in commencement on their graduation application.

If you have already submitted your graduation application, please email us at indicating that you would like to participate in commencement. Please note that we have a firm deadline to place all cap and gown orders. We will try our best to accommodate each request.

Yes. A fee of $21.75 will be assessed for each graduation application that you submit. Please note that students are only allowed to apply for two credentials each term.  There is an additional fee for those who select to participate in commencement. Payments can be made online through your Panther Portal under Student Self-Service-Financial Information or in person at the Cashier’s department (1st floor, Building A).  NOTE: If you opt not to submit payment when you initially submit your application, you will automatically be assessed the $21.75 graduation fee on your student account. All fees must be paid by the application deadline. Diplomas or transcripts will not be released for students with outstanding balances.  

Graduation fees are non-refundable. You cannot transfer payment to future semesters.

If you are deficient credit or have failed to meet the requirements for your program, you are responsible for submitting a new application during the next graduation petition cycle. 

Graduating is contingent upon your successful completion of all program and institutional requirements. Your graduation audit and application are reviewed twice to ensure that you have completed your requirements successfully. The first review is conducted by your academic advisor during the semester and the final review is conducted by the Credential Analyst/Degree Auditor at the end of the term. With the volume of applications, it may take approximately 8-10 business weeks after the end of the term for all graduation audits to be reviewed during the final reviewing stage. Students who successfully completed their requirements will be mailed a diploma during this timeframe. Those who were deficient will receive a letter in the mail and notification to their Morton email account.

With the volume of applications, it may take approximately 8-10 business weeks after the end of the term for all graduation audits to be reviewed during the final reviewing stage. Students who successfully completed their requirements will be mailed a diploma during this timeframe. Those who were deficient will receive a letter in the mail and notification to their Morton email account.

Students can apply for TWO (2) credentials per term. Should you have questions pertaining to your graduation eligibility, please visit your academic advisor.

Feel free to reach out to your academic advisor or one of our clerks in the Admissions department. The phone numbers are: 708-656-8000 ext. 2250 for Advising and 708-656-8000 ext. 2346 for Admissions. We are conveniently located on the first floor of Building B. You can also email us at  We are more than happy to help!