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 the Herff Jones website (disposable gowns purchased at bookstores are inadmissible).

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

  • Early Discount online: Graduates may order rental academic attire from early January through April 11 until 10:59 PM CST for the on-campus pick up option (free) and for the recommended ship-to-home option (includes shipping fee).  The Early Discount prices are:  Bachelor $54.00, Master $61.00 and Doctorate $82.00
  • Regular Pricing online: Regular pricing will be in effect from April 12 through April 24 until 10:59 PM CST.  Regular prices are:  Bachelor $74.00, Master $81.00 and Doctorate $102.00.      
  • In person: Candidates may order academic attire in the Author’s Corner, Illini Union Bookstore (2nd floor). The schedule is:
Thursday, March 2810:00 AMto3:00 PM
Thursday, April 1110:00 AMto3:00 PM
Wednesday, April 2410:00 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 811:00 AMto6:00 PM
Thursday, May 911:00 AMto6:00 PM
Friday, May 1011:00 AMto6:00 PM
Saturday, May 117:30 AMto11:00 AM
Sunday, May 12 7:30 AM to10:00 AM 

Candidates are strongly advised to pick up regalia on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. 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.


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

Saturday, May 1112:00 PMto8:00 PM
Sunday, May 1210:00 AMto9:00 PM
Monday, May 139:00 AMto5:00 PM

Late return: Participants who do not return their academic attire to the ARC by 5:00 PM on Monday, May 13 are responsible for returning it directly to the Illini Union Bookstore between May 14 and May 17 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