" Does applying for graduation mean that I have to walk in the Commencement ceremony? No. All students must apply for graduation in order for the degree or certificate to be posted to your academic record. This does not mean that you have to walk in the Commencement ceremony.  "

All students must apply for graduation. This is the official posting of the degree to your academic record after meeting all of the degree or certificate requirements.

Deadline to apply:

Spring 2023: April 14, 2023
Contact if you missed the deadline.

Summer 2023: June 1, 2023 (if you are a summer graduate and want to walk in the Commencement Ceremony on May 13, 2023 - you need to apply for graduation by February 15, 2023)

Fall 2023: To be determined


To apply for graduation, complete the application through one of the steps below:

Are you currently enrolled?*

email address that you will be using after graduating

See the deadlines above for each semester.
Check below the degree(s) and or certificate(s) for which you are a candidate*

If you indicated Associate in Applied Science, which area(s) are you applying for?

If you indicated a certificate, which one(s) are you applying for?
Have you completed a graduation check with a counselor within the last semester?*
*Completing a graduation check is strongly recommended but not required for all students at or after 45 completed hours.

Or fill out the graduation application (links to forms are below) and send to:
Illinois Valley Community College
Attn: Counseling Center
815 North Orlando Smith Rd.
Oglesby, IL 61348-1099
or fax to 815-224-0384

You can also email your completed applications to

Graduation Application

Download the PDF Adobe Reader here.

Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum (GECC-IAI) credential

Note: Applying for graduation is the only way to get your degree or certificate conferred. Students have the option to walk in the May Commencement Ceremony. Information will be distributed to all August, December, and May graduates at the end of February.

There is no fee to participate in Commencement. 
Click here for information on the Commencement ceremony.


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