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Are you getting ready to graduate? Congratulations!

Before you can get your diploma, you'll need to make sure you've fulfilled the requirements for your program and complete the graduation application through the accessECC portal.

Commencement Ceremonies

ECC holds commencement ceremonies in May and December each year if you have already submitted your graduation application and have changed your mind about participating in the ceremony.

  • You must apply to graduate whether or not you plan to be recognized in the graduation ceremony.
  • Using the online graduation application, you can order regalia (your cap and gown) at no charge by providing your height and weight.
  • In April, look to your ECC student email for information about how and when you will receive your regalia and directions for the virtual opportunities.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible to graduate with a degree or certificate, you'll need to:

  • Complete the graduation application during the semester, during which you will complete your requirements, whether or not you intend to participate in commencement ceremonies.
  • If you've attended other institutions, ensure ECC has your official transcripts.
  • Meet the specific requirements for your degree or certificate, as outlined in the college catalog, which is effective when you enroll.
  • If you have any course substitutions, get the course substitution form signed by the appropriate instructional dean, and they will be submitted to the Records Office.
  • Suppose you wish to earn more than one transfer degree. In that case, you must submit a Multiple Transfer Degree Request form - PDF to the Associate Dean of Advising, Transfer, and Career Development Services.
  • Meet the Academic Residency requirements.

Diplomas are mailed approximately eight weeks after the semester ends.

How to Find the Graduation Application

  • Login to accessECC | Login help
  • From the 'ECC Apps' menu, select the Self-Service app.
  • Select Graduation Overview to proceed.
  • Select Apply next to the program of study from which you want to apply to graduate.
  • Your active program(s) are listed in the Graduation Overview. If you do not see the program from which you wish to graduate, please email with your name, student ID, and the program from which you intend to graduate, and we will add it for you.

Deadlines for Filing Graduation Applications

  • May graduates: March 1
  • August graduates: July 1 - August graduates may choose to be recognized at the December ceremony.
  • December graduates: October 1

Illinois High School Diploma (GED/HiSET) Graduates

This ceremony will be held on May 17. You must drop your official transcript at the ABEC Front Office Reception Desk to participate in the graduation.

Building K, 410 Renner Drive
Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 7 pm
Fridays, 8 am to 4 pm

GED Graduation Questions? Contact Rachel Taylor at 847-214-6948 or


Graduating with Honors

You will receive a diploma with honors if you graduate with the following GPA.

  • High honors:
    • Transfer degree: Cumulative GPA of 3.5 to 4.0
    • Applied science degree or certificate: GPA of 3.5 to 4.0 in courses that apply
  • Honors:
    • Transfer degree: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 to 3.49
    • Applied science degree or certificate: GPA of 3.0 to 3.49 in courses that apply
  • See how credits transferred in from other institutions are used to calculate your graduation GPA.



Building B, Room B105
Fax: 847-214-7356

Monday through Thursday:7:30 am to 7 pm
Friday: Closed