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The Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science 2018 Commencement Ceremony will be held 10 a.m. CDT, Friday, June 1, 2018, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine Ave., Chicago, IL 60607, on the University of Illinois-Chicago campus. The Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Graduates will be required to arrive at 8:30 a.m. and the doors will also open to guests at 8:30 a.m. Strollers will not be permitted into the pavilion. Accessible seating will be available in the pavilion for guests in need of accommodation. The University looks forward to welcoming the graduates and their guests in celebration, with over 600 degrees to be conferred.

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Family and friends can watch Commencement live. The live feed will be available the morning of June 1.

Graduate Regalia

All graduates participating in Commencement will be required to purchase regalia through the Herff Jones website between January 15 and April 1, 2018. Purchased gowns will allow the graduate to keep all components of the regalia including the hood, gown, cap and tassel. Regalia will be shipped directly to the graduate at the address provided. Costs for this year’s regalia will be $84, plus tax and shipping for master’s students and $94 plus tax and shipping for doctoral students.

Regalia can be ordered at Regalia ordered after April 1, 2018, will incur a $25 late fee.

Commencement Tickets


No Commencement tickets are required to attend! Students are welcome to invite as many guests as they would like to join us for the 2018 Commencement Ceremony. The Pavilion will open at 8:30 a.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. With no tickets required, graduates will not need to pick up any tickets to the ceremony to distribute to their guests.

Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, May 31, 2018, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science will host the annual Awards Ceremony in conjunction with Commencement. This year, the ceremony will be at the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier and will begin at 2 p.m. Graduates who are receiving an award will receive an invitation to this ceremony no later than April 15, 2018. Each awardee will have the opportunity to request four (4) complimentary tickets for guests. Additional tickets will also be available for $20 each and can be ordered on the Ticket Request Form. Each graduate will be asked to submit their request between April 15 and May 1, 2018, if they need to request tickets for the Awards Ceremony or Commencement Reception. All graduate and guest tickets to the Awards Ceremony are also valid for the Commencement Reception immediately following the Awards Ceremony in the Lakeview Terrace at Navy Pier from 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Thank Your Friends, Family, And Mentors In A Big Way!

RFUMS will be displaying pictures of our graduates holding a specially designed “Thank You” sign on the videoboard at the UIC Pavilion for one hour prior to the Commencement ceremony. Don’t miss your opportunity to THANK those that helped you reach this important milestone. Pictures will also be available at

How to participate:

  • Print the “Thank you” Sign ( and write in the names of those you would like to thank. We recommend using a black marker for the best visibility of your information.
  • Dress in your commencement regalia
  • Find a neutral background, such as a white wall
  • Ask a friend to take a photo of you
  • Submit to by May 1, 2018

Commencement Reception

On Thursday, May 31, 2018, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science will host the annual Commencement Reception in conjunction with Commencement. The Commencement Reception will be at the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier and will begin at 3:30 p.m. Graduates who RSVP on their Ticket Request Form between April 15 and May 1, 2018, will be allowed one complimentary ticket for themselves and one additional ticket for a guest. Additional tickets can be purchased for $20 each on the Ticket Request Form. The Commencement Reception allows you to network with fellow students, University faculty and staff, and includes beverages and hors d’oeuvres. If a graduate is an award recipient and is receiving tickets to the Awards Ceremony, they are not eligible for the two complimentary tickets to the Commencement Reception in addition to their Awards Ceremony tickets.

Hotel Accommodations

The Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza has a room block available to students and their guests May 31 - June 1, 2018, for $219 per night. Rooms are available through March 2018 at the reduced rate. We encourage all graduates to make arrangements for hotels as soon as possible as there is a large conference in Chicago the weekend of Commencement.

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza
350 West Mart Center Drive
Chicago, IL 60654
Rates: $219
Rooms available May 31– June 1, 2018.
Call 312-836-5000 and reference block Rosalind Franklin University Graduation.

Composite Photos

Each year, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science assembles a composite photo of each program’s graduating class which is displayed in the hallway of their academic program. All graduates will be asked to have a composite photo taken between now and April 1, 2018. Please watch for more information from your program. If you already have a formal composite photo on file, you may not need to submit your photo. In July 2018, each graduate will be emailed a complimentary digital copy of their class composite photo. In addition, in July 2018, printed copies of the composite photo will be available for purchase through the RFUMS Spirit Store.