Commencement Information for Faculty

Please note: This event has now passed. The information below relates to the 2022 Commencement event, and is provided for reference only.
Information about upcoming Commencement celebrations will be shared in the months leading up to the event.


Rush University’s 50th Commencement


Rush University will recognize nearly 850 graduating students at its 50th commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. at the Credit Union 1 Arena (525 S. Racine Ave., Chicago, Ill.).

Dr. Sherine E. Gabriel, president of Rush University and chief academic officer of Rush University Medical Center, and Dr. Susan L. Freeman, provost of Rush University, will preside over the ceremony and award degrees to students graduating from the University’s four colleges. This 50th commencement ceremony will feature a University Marshal, Student Commencement Speaker, and Commencement Address. 

Faculty Commencement Participation

Faculty interested in participating are asked to complete the Faculty Commencement Participation and Regalia Form by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. The form permits faculty to order regalia and to ensure identifying information in the commencement program is accurate. Faculty members participating in commencement may wear their own regalia or order rental regalia at no cost. For additional information on custom regalia orders or purchasing your own regalia, please see below.

Please be reminded, rented regalia must be returned immediately following the ceremony at the Credit Union 1 Arena.

THE DEADLINE TO COMPLETE THE FACULTY PARTICIPATION FORM is Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Faculty members who complete the form after the deadline may not be listed in the program and regalia specific to your degree may not arrive in time for the commencement ceremony. Faculty orders received after the deadline may be accommodated with generic-sized regalia. 

Regalia Distribution

Stay tuned for faculty regalia distribution details. 

Regalia Distribution Events

Stay tuned for faculty regalia distribution details. 

Custom Regalia Orders

Students, faculty or alumni members who would like to purchase custom regalia to own may do so through the University’s vendor, Herff Jones. To place your custom regalia order, contact our representative, Mo Olson via email at directly.

All custom orders must be received by Feb. 4, 2022, in order to have regalia made, shipped, and received in time for the ceremony. Custom orders will be shipped directly to the purchaser’s home.

Submit any questions or concerns regarding Commencement or regalia to