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Spring Commencement Moves to Homecoming 2020

Judson University’s commencement, which had been planned for May 2, will be postponed until Saturday, Sept. 19. Save the date and plan now to return to campus for the Saturday Commencement exercise to honor and celebrate the graduating class of 2020. Commencement will be part of Homecoming 2020, which will celebrate the class of 2020. More details regarding the time and location for Commencement will be released this summer as global health concerns become clear. Judson will stream the service through Facebook Live on Sept. 19 to ensure that family and friends can see the Commencement for our graduating seniors.

Judson will also celebrate the class of 2020 during the week of Monday, April 27 thru Saturday, May 2. The week will include guest speakers on social media, awards announcements and a special social media campaign for graduates on Saturday, May 2. Graduates, please watch for more news in the coming weeks.

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Check out the Photo Album of the Candid Photos  

Commencement 2017

 Previous Schedule - Watch for future updates for the Sept. 19 Commencement

10:00 A.M. Ceremony:

B.A./B.F.A. Traditional Undergraduate - Departments: Architecture and Art & Design
B.A./A.A. Adult Professional Studies Undergraduates (evening adult students/Online) 

Master of Architecture
M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
M.A. in Human Services Administration
M.A. in Organizational Leadership
MBA  Master of Business Administration   

Plan to arrive, dressed in cap and gown to the Lindner Fitness Center at 8:30 a.m. for mandatory rehearsal. Doors will open for your guests at 9:00 a.m.  

2:00 P.M. Ceremony: 

Doctor of Education in Literacy
Master of Leadership in Ministry
B.A. Traditional Undergraduates- 
Departments: Business, Christian Ministries, Education, English, Exercise & Sport Science, History, Music, Psychology, Science & Mathematics, Communication Studies, Worship Arts 

RISE Program

Plan to arrive, dressed in cap and gown to the Lindner Fitness Center at 12:30 p.m. for mandatory rehearsal.  Doors will open for your guests at 1:00 p.m.   


 We do not require tickets for your guests; however, we request that you limit your guests to seven in order provide adequate seating.

 Caps and Gowns 

All students are required to order their cap and gown online by Wednesday, February 26, 2020.  Students who do not order by this date will assess a $30 late cap and gown order fee.  Please go to Herffjones to order your cap and gown. Master students, please remember to order your hood along with your cap and gown. All caps and gowns will be available for pick-up beginning approximately Monday, April 27, 2020.  Caps and gowns are yours to keep.     

ALL GRADUATING STUDENTS: Please check your student account online and pay any balances.  Log onto MYJudson and select Student accounts to check your account and make payments.  If you are unable to pay your full balance, you must contact Student Accounts (see contacts below) to make payment arrangements and pay your first installment payment in order to pick up your cap and gown.  You will be able to receive your transcripts and diploma once you have a $0 balance.  If you have a $0 balance and there are no holds on your account, you are ready to pick up your graduation attire! 

Financial Aid Exit Counseling: If you have taken out student loans, note that you must complete Financial Aid Exit Counseling in order to receive your transcripts and diploma.  

 Doctor of Education in Literacy  

Doctor of Education in Literacy students can pick up their cap, gown, and hood in Office 110 of Creekside South.  Questions regarding your student account should be directed to Linda Newman or Ron Graf (see contact information below). 

Traditional Undergraduates/Master of Architecture/Master of Leadership in Ministry
Master of Architecture, Master of Leadership in Ministry and Traditional students can pick up their cap and gown in the Student Accounts office during business hours (University Center, second floor).  Pick up at the Elgin Main Campus, University Center, second floor in the Student accounts office: Walk-Ins: (Pick up TBD)

Adult Professional Program:

Adult Professional Program Elgin and Online Students 
Pick up at the Elgin Main Campus, University Center, second floor in the Student Accounts office - Walk Ins:  (Pick up TBD) 

Adult Professional Program Rockford Students:
Pick up at the Rockford YMCA - Walk-Ins: (Pick up TBD)

Student Financial Services:
University Center, 2nd Floor,1151 North State Street,Elgin, IL 60123    

Student Accounts Office: 
Linda Newman: Linda.Newman@judsonu.edu - Phone 847-628-2055
Ron Graf: RGraf@judsonu.edu - Phone: 847-628-2051 
Jennifer Dittmann: Jennifer.Dittmann@judsonu.edu – Phone:  847-628-5030
JoAnn Spees: JoAnn.Spees@judsonu.edu - Phon: 847-628-2056 

Financial Aid Office:

Master's/Adult Students last names A-L: Vincent Peluso - Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
847.628.2535- vincent.peluso@judsonu.edu
Master's/Adult Students last names M-Z: Jessica Pliego - Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
847.628.2027 - jessica.pliego@judsonu.edu

Trad Students last name A -L:  Julie Durkin - Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
 847.628.2537  - julie.durkin@judsonu.edu
rad Students last names M-Z: Lora Samayavong - Mon/Wed 9:00am to 3:00pm, Thur 8:30am - 4:30pm
847.628.2532 - lora.samayavong@judsonu.edu


Graduation Announcements
Diploma Frames & Class Rings

To view graduation accessories please go to Herffjones  


If there are no holds from student accounts, library or financial aid, diplomas will begin to be mailed out starting Friday, June 5, 2020. Holds must be cleared before diplomas can be released. Graduation fees must be paid regardless of whether you participate in the commencement ceremony.


To request a copy of your transcript, please login to www.judsonu.edu and click on "MYJU" The Transcript request link is in that menu. You may also order a transcript for pick up by coming to the Registrar’s Office in the Lindner Tower building.

Alumni Information

The mission of the Judson University Alumni Association is to unite and serve alumni from Judson University and encourage alumni loyalty,support and involvement in the University.  All Judson graduates automatically become lifetime members of the Judson University Alumni Association (JUAA). No membership dues are charged to be part of the Alumni Association. As a member, you will receive regular communications about programs and the impact of Judson’s students and alumni, Alumni Connections, a monthly e-newsletter keeping you informed of everything happening for alumni, as well as invitations to various opportunities throughout the year.

There are several ways to stay connected with your alma mater:

  • Join Judson Connect at judsonu.wisr.io/signup, a place where you can make connections with fellow Judson alumni and students online to discuss career paths, industries of interest, job opportunities, connect with favorite programs, and much more
  • Attend campus events like Homecoming, Choir Concerts, Theater Events, Athletic Games  
  • Attend Judson regional gatherings in areas throughout the US  
  • Participate in the annual spring break mission trip to Belize for alumni and current students with Dr. Crume
  • Connect through Social Media with the Judson Alumni Facebook page, LinkedIn group
  • Support the Alumni Phonathon
  • Join the Judson Alumni Club     

The Judson Alumni Club has been created for all Judson alumni who make a donation of $10 or more per academic year to benefit any area of the University. For your annual donation,you will receive a Judson Alumni Membership Card as recognition of your support that will provide added benefits exclusively for Judson Alumni Club Donors such as: 

  • $2.00 discount to Judson Theater Performances    
  • $2.00 discount to Judson Athletic Events
  • $20.00 discount off the annual Fitness Center Pass
  • 10% discount off Judson Bookstore purchases
  • Membership in Working Advantage savings club offering national discounts on entertainment, shopping, etc. with over 700 vendors   

Judson Alumni are offered added benefits such as a FREE membership to Right Now Media (an online library of over 10,000 video Bible studies, leadership videos, and kids’ shows), Judson Connect community platform, discounted insurance through our Alumni Insurance Program and more. Learn about alumni discounts, resources and events at www.judsonu.edu/alumni.  Regular visits to the Judson University website also keep you informed of upcoming events and university news. Notify the Alumni Office  with new events in your life-new address, new email address, job change, wedding, work or life accomplishments, addition to your family (birth, adoption, etc), that you would like to share or have printed in our alumni communications

For alumni near our Elgin campus, the Judson Alumni Association offers a free one year pass to the Lindner Fitness Center. This pass is free to alumni, their spouse, and/or children (ages 12 –21) for one year after graduation. Passes for alumni, their spouse, and/or children can be purchased after the first year at a small cost of $100 per year (or $80 for Judson Alumni Club members.

Graduation Survey Spring 2020  

You are invited to fill out the Graduation Survey for Spring 2020. To do so, please go to Spring 2020 Graduation Survey
Print the last documentation page to bring with you when you pick up your cap and gown.   

Thank you!

Questions? Please contact Jill Hargis at jhargis@judsonu.edu



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