Candidates participating in the College of Education Convocation and/or campuswide Commencement ceremonies are required to wear the same academic attire for both ceremonies, which consists of a custom blue University of Illinois gown, blue mortarboard, tassel, stole (undergraduates only) and a hood (graduate degrees only). Regalia must be ordered through Herff Jones website, www.herffjones.com/illinois (disposable gowns purchased at bookstores are inadmissible).

Candidates should order regalia even if unsure about participating. There is no cost if academic attire is not picked up during distribution.

Graduates may order academic attire with Herff Jones either online, late online, or in person as follows:

  • Online: Graduates may order rental academic attire from January 16 through April 13 until 10:00 PM CST for the on-campus pick up option and January 16 through March 22, 10:00 PM CST for the recommended ship-to-home option. (Note: When the clock strikes 10:01 PM CST, the website will automatically shut down.)
  • Late online: Herff Jones has designed a late order website that will be operational from Friday, April 14 through Wednesday, April 27 until 10:00 PM CST, where candidates may place a “late” regalia online regalia order at www.herffjones.com/illinois. A $20 late fee on orders placed after April 16 will be in effect. (Note:  When the clock strikes 10:01 PM CST, the website will automatically shut down.)
  • In person: Candidates may order academic attire in the Author’s Corner, Illini Union Bookstore (2nd floor). The schedule is:
Wednesday, March 2210:00 AMto3:00 PM
Thursday, April 1310:00 AMto3:00 PM
Wednesday, April 2610:00 AMto3:00 PM

Distribution of candidate regalia will be at the Activity and Recreation Center (ARC), 201 East Peabody Drive, Champaign in GYM 1 at these times:

Wednesday, May 1011:00 AMto6:00 PM
Thursday, May 1111:00 AMto6:00 PM
Friday, May 1211:00 AMto6:00 PM
Saturday, May 137:30 AMto11:00 AM

Candidates are strongly advised to pick up regalia on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, and before Saturday, May 13h. Please verify your order and try on regalia right away so you can exchange regalia and caps that are too big or small. Please be aware that your gown and stole will be folded and may require steaming (do not iron).

If you cannot pick up your academic attire at one of the scheduled times, you may arrange for someone else to so; that person should present your receipt and must pay rental fees. Payment by cash or check is due at in-person distribution. Payment by credit card is not accepted.

Return of academic attire is also at the ARC in GYM 1 at these times:

Saturday, May 1312:00 PMto7:00 PM
Sunday, May 1410:00 AMto10:00 PM
Monday, May 159:00 AMto5:00 PM

Late return: Participants who do not return their academic attire to the ARC by 5:00 PM on Monday, May 15 are responsible for returning it directly to the Illini Union Bookstore between May 16 and May 19 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Please note: Herff Jones will assess a late charge of $5.00 per day to participants returning academic attire late.

More information can be found at Commencement's site for Academic Attire