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 here (or via the "Order Regalia" button at the bottom of the page) through Herff Jones before April 29, 2020.  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 16 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 $55, Master $63, and Doctorate $82.
  • Regular Pricing online: Regular pricing will be in effect from April 17 through April 29 until 10:59 PM CST.  Regular prices are:  Bachelor $75, Master $83 and Doctorate $102.
  • In person: Candidates may order academic attire in the Author’s Corner, Illini Union Bookstore (2nd floor). Herff Jones will be on campus to take orders as follows:
Wednesday, February 2610:00 AMto3:00 PM
Thursday, April 1610:00 AMto3:00 PM
Wednesday, April 2910:00 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 1311:00 AMto6:00 PM
Thursday, May 1411:00 AMto6:00 PM
Friday, May 1511:00 AMto6:00 PM
Saturday, May 167:30 AMto11:00 AM
Sunday, May 17 7:30 AM to10:00 AM 

Candidates are strongly advised to pick up regalia on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Immediately upon receipt, please verify that your order is correct and try on regalia 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 must present your receipt.

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

Saturday, May 1612:00 PMto8:00 PM
Sunday, May 1710:00 AMto9:00 PM
Monday, May 189:00 AMto5:00 PM

Late return: Participants who do not return their academic attire to the ARC by 5:00 PM on Monday, May 18 are responsible for returning it directly to the Illini Union Bookstore between May 19 and May 21 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Please note: Herff Jones will assess a late charge of $5.00 per day if returning after May 18.

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