Judson Commencement | Judson University Christian College
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Saturday, December 11, 2021
Herrick Chapel

Commencement Winter 2020

Countdown to Commencement



 The ceremonies will be held in Herrick Chapel at our Elgin Campus. Graduates may bring four guests. Masks will be required in the lobby areas and while entering the chapel. (Please note that all plans are subject to change due to state restrictions).

Please note below the breakdowns for each ceremony along with the check-in times. Please arrive at the Herrick Chapel at your check-in time and proceed to classroom Chapel 6 in lower Chapel. Your four guests will need to come to Herrick Chapel to check-in for Chapel seating. Any additional guests will be directed to the overflow viewing area in the Thompson Center. After the ceremony concludes, guests will be instructed outside the Herrick Chapel to congratulate the graduates during the "Eagle Launch" recessional (weather permitting). The ceremonies will also be live on the Judson University Facebook and YouTube, the best way to be able to view these are by liking or following Judson on these platforms. Be sure to bring your cap, gown, and tassel (along with hood for Master  students) to the ceremony.




Division of Adult Professional Studies Graduates  

(Evening, Online, and Accelerated Programs)


9:00 a.m.             Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts- Division of Professional Studies

9:20 a.m.              Masters: Business Administration, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Human Services Administration, Organizational Leadership




Traditional Program Undergraduates, Master of Architecture, and Master of Education Graduates



1:00 p.m.             Bachelor of Arts Traditional Program 
1:20 p.m.             Master of Architecture/ Master of Education in Literacy 



ACADEMIC AWARDS- Undergraduate Students 

Baccalaureate Degree: Academic honors for Bachelor’s degree graduates are based upon the student’s summary grade point average and the earning of sixty or more graded hours at Judson (conditional upon the receipt of final grades) as listed below:

    Cum Laude: A summary grade point average of 3.50-3.69 both at Judson and in all transferred degree work merits graduation cum laude and is denoted by one cord.

    Magna Cum Laude: A summary grade point average of 3.70-3.84 both at Judson and in all transferred degree work merits graduation magna cum laude and is denoted by two cords.

    Summa Cum Laude: A summary grade point average of 3.85-4.00 both at Judson and in all transferred degree work merits graduation summa cum laude and is denoted by three cords.

Associate Degree: To earn honors designation at graduation, an associate graduate must complete a minimum of 45 hours of their associate degree requirements at Judson and meet the degree grade point average (conditional upon the receipt of final grades) as listed below:

    Honors: A degree grade point average of 3.50-3.69 at Judson merits graduation with honors and is denoted by one white cord.

    High Honors: A degree grade point average of 3.70-3.84 at Judson merits graduation with high honors and is denoted by one navy blue and white cord.

    Highest Honors: A degree grade point average of 3.85-4.00 at Judson merits graduation with highest honors and is denoted by one navy blue, gold and white cord.


Caps and Gowns:

All students are required to order their cap and gown online by Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Students who do not order by this date will be assessed 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 with your cap and gown. All caps and gowns will be available for pick-up beginning approximately December 6th. 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.

 Master of Education in Literacy
Master 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 Architecture and Traditional students can pick up their cap and gown in the Student Accounts office during business hours (University Center, second floor). Walk-Ins: Monday, December 6, through Thursday, December 9, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday, December 10, 9:00 a.m. to NOON. 

Division of Adult Professional Program:
Division of 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: Monday, December 6, through Thursday, December 9, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday, December 10, 9:00 a.m. to NOON. 

Division of Adult Professional Program Rockford Students:
Pick up at the Rockford YMCA - Walk-Ins: 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
Cindy Kollar: Cynthia.kollar1@judsonu.edu - Phone:  847-628-5023 

Financial Aid Office:

Master's/Adult Students last names A-Z: Vincent Peluso - Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
847.628.2535 - vincent.peluso@judsonu.edu

Trad Students last name A -L: Julie Durkin - Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
847.628.2537 - julie.durkin@judsonu.edu
Trad Students last names M-Z: Lora Samayavong - Monday to Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
847.628.2532 - lora.samayavong@judsonu.edu


Graduation Photography

General photos from commencement and individual photos of graduates walking across the stage will be available for purchase online through Kevin Sherman Photography after the event. To see the photos and order prints, go to store.kshermphoto.com.

Graduation Announcements
Diploma Frames & Class Rings

To view graduation accessories please go to Herffjones


Diplomas will not be given at Commencement. If there are no holds from student accounts, library or financial aid, diplomas will be available for pickup in the Registrar’s office (2nd floor Lindner Tower) starting Wednesday, January 19, 2022. Rockford Adult Undergrad and Graduate students can pick up their diplomas at the Rockford location. Diplomas not picked up by Friday, February 18, 2022 will begin to be mailed out. Holds must be cleared before diplomas can be released. Graduation fees must be paid regardless of whether you participate in the commencement ceremony. If you choose not to participate in the commencement ceremony you will need to notify Jill Hargis at jhargis@judsonu.edu by Wednesday, October 13th.


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. There is a $5 charge per transcript.

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, and 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 and 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 discount to Judson Theater Performances
  • $2 discount to Judson Athletic Events
  • $20 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 Fall 2021

You are invited to fill out the graduate survey for Fall 2021. This is a requirement for graduation, as the information provided in the survey helps Judson document and report first destination statistics (jobs) to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). You can find the survey here.


Please print the last documentation page (or take a screenshot) to bring with you when you pick up your cap and gown. If you do not bring the documentation page (or screenshot) you will not be eligible to pick up your cap and gown. 


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



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