The Candle and Rose ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 3, in the Lund Auditorium, with a reception immediately following in Mazzuchelli Hall.
The ceremony, originally to be held on the Quad, has been moved indoors to the Lund Auditorium due to weather.
The ceremony will maintain its hallmark majesty, including lit candles and the exchange of roses. In addition, seniors participating in commencement at the UIC forum Saturday now will have the opportunity to cross the Lund Auditorium stage enjoyed by previous graduating classes.
However, due to limited seating in the Lund, participating seniors are being asked to bring no more than four guests for viewing in the Lund. Ample additional seating will be provided in overflow locations in the Martin Recital Hall, the the Bluhm Lecture Hall (Room 108) of Parmer Hall and the Springer Suite on the lower level of the library for those inviting more than four guests.
Seniors and their Roses should line up for the ceremony by 7:30 p.m. in the classrooms on the 2nd and 3rd Floors of Lewis Hall.
Dominican University’s Candle and Rose ceremony speaks of the ages, of Dominican tradition, of Rosary pride, of a history that began in 1901 in Sinsinawa, WI.
About Candle and Rose
Graduating seniors walk with lit candles; their partners, generally underclassmen, carry roses. Two lines process across the upper and lower Cloister Walks, assembling in the Quad.
The seniors are reminded to be faithful to the teachings and standards of the Dominican tradition. They receive a rose as a living symbol of the beauty, love and compassion they have experienced at Dominican.
The rose, long held dear in the Dominican shield, holds the promise of Caritas. The seniors bestow upon their partners the truth and knowledge they have gained. Each senior will present the candle to his/her partner as a symbol of the light of learning.
The candle symbolizes the light of knowledge, the light of Veritas.
Candle and Rose represents tradition: the Dominican tradition of truth and charity.
Through the years, Candle and Rose is the most stunning representation of Dominican values-St. Clara’s College to Rosary College-Rosary College to Dominican University. As the curtain of time closes ever diligently each graduation eve, a diverse, holistic community of faith stands ever strong, moving progressively forward, meeting the challenges of a complex, dynamic world.