2023 Commencement Ceremonies

We are hosting two in-person ceremonies this year. Both will be in the Henry J. Vais Gymnasium.

The ceremony for graduates in Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Liberal Studies and Associate in Fine Arts in Art is at 6 p.m. Friday, May 19th.

The ceremony for graduates in Associate in Applied Science or Career Certificate is at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20th

Graduates are not allowed to participate in both ceremonies. If you are a graduate receiving multiple degrees or certificates, you must decide by Wednesday, May 10th to indicate choice of ceremony. The Commencement Committee reserves the final right to place graduates.

To assure a smooth and efficient ceremony, please carefully review the following guidelines:

  1. If you are no longer eligible for graduation through failure or withdrawing of a course, you are responsible for notifying the Office of Admissions and Records. You will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony. If the issue is related to non-payment of tuition or fees, you may still participate in the ceremony. However, you will not receive a degree until the matter is resolved.
  2. The only forms of communication about the Commencement ceremony will be through e-mail, text and the Panther Portal.
  3. Caps and gowns are available at Grad Fest, which runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9th and noon to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10th. Grad Fest takes place in the Vais Gymnasium.
  4. If there is a problem with the fit of your cap & gown or problem with the tassel, please immediately contact Jim O’Connell, Public Relations Liaison at (708) 656-8000 ext. 2459. We will do our best to accommodate you.
  5. The Commencement Ceremonies are about 90 minutes in length. Only graduates are to report to the lobby of the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center (Building A) by 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 19th and 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20th. You will be checked in, placed in the processional line according to your degree program and receive instructions on procedures prior to the ceremony. Late arrivals will be placed at the discretion of the Commencement staff. (Additional information regarding check-in is included with this letter).
  6. The ceremony will be held in the Henry J. Vais Gymnasium and tickets for your guests are required. Each graduate will receive four (4) tickets, which will be available at Grad Fest.Due to the number of graduates and limited space in the Vais Gymnasium, additional tickets will not be available. Every guest must have a ticket to enter the Vais Gymnasium. More information regarding guests is included with this letter. LOST TICKETS WILL NOT BE REPLACED. The ceremony will be live streamed across Morton College’s Facebook, and You Tube platforms. Reserved seating for guests and graduates with special needs is available on request. Contact Jim O’Connell, Public Relations Liaison by Friday, May 12th at (708) 656-8000 ext. 2459 with your request.
  7. A photographer from GradImages® will be taking pictures of the graduates. You may pre-register prior to Commencement at gradimages.com to view your photos. Registering in advance with GradImages® provides the company with the information needed to deliver your graduation proofs in a timely manner. Proofs will be e-mailed to you at a later date. However, you are under no obligation to purchase copies. The photographer is not affiliated with Morton College. (Additional information regarding photos is included with this letter).
  8. Caps and gowns are yours to keep and do not need to be returned after the ceremony.
  9. PLEASE NOTE: Diplomas are not issued at Commencement. They will be mailed to your home after a final graduation audit by the Office of Admissions and Records. All graduation requirements and financial obligations must be met before your diploma is released. If your address is different than the one provided when you petitioned please provide your new address with the Office of Admissions and Records as soon as possible to assure prompt delivery of your diploma. Please make sure you include the apartment number (if one exists), proper street designation, etc. If you provide an e-mail address, you will receive notification when your diploma is sent. If you have any questions regarding your diploma, please contact the Office of Admissions and Records at (708) 656-8000 ext. 2346.
Any Commencement related questions may be directed to Jim O’Connell, Public Relations Liaison Office by calling (708) 656-8000 ext. 2459.

Morton College

Dr. Keith McLaughlin

c:   Mr. James O'Connell, Public Relations Liaison

Grad Fest 2023 Flyer
It's time to pick up your cap and gown, take pictures, decorate your graduation cap, and join our alumni association!

Tuesday, May 9th | 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 10th | 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Questions? Email alumni.relations@morton.edu

Graduation & Commencement

Congratulations, Graduates!

We are excited to celebrate this important milestone with you! Please familiarize yourself with our upcoming graduation petition deadlines, important announcements, and FAQs.

Applications for graduation open after the second week of classes each semester. Please see below for deadlines.

Upcoming Petition Deadlines:
Summer 2022- July 1
Fall 2022- November 1
Spring 2023- 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.

We encourage you to meet with your Student Success Coach 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

Public Relations Liaison
(708) 656-8000
Ext: #2459
Building B

Frequently Asked Questions:

Ideally, all students should meet at least once a semester with their assigned student success coach 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 student success coach or admissions department.  

Before proceeding with the application, be sure to contact your student success coach 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 student success coach immediately. 

Once you complete the information and payment portions of the application, you will receive an automated email to your Morton account. Please read the message in its entirety as it contains important information on next steps. 

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 MortonGrad@morton.edu 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 2021, fall 2021, and spring 2022 are invited to participate in the May 2022 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 MortonGrad@morton.edu 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; however, participation in commencement is not guaranteed. 

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 ($15.95) 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 graduation 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 student success coach 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 to receive the diploma in the mail. 

Students are responsible for keeping their mailing addresses up-to-date for diploma delivery. 

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

Feel free to reach out to your student success coach or one of our clerks in the Admissions department. The phone numbers are: 708-656-8000 ext. 2250 for our Student Success Coaches 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 MortonGrad@morton.edu.  We are more than happy to help!