Commencement Information for Faculty


Rush University’s 51st Commencement


Rush University will recognize nearly 850 graduating students at its 51st commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m. at the Credit Union 1 Arena (525 S. Racine Ave., Chicago, Ill.).

Rush University will recognize the class of 2023 and award degrees to students graduating from the University’s four colleges. This 51st 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 and Participation form by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Februrary 24th. 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 Friday, February 24th at 11:59 p.m. Faculty members who complete the form after the deadline may not receive regalia specific to your degree as it may not arrive in time for the commencement ceremony. Faculty orders received after the deadline may be accommodated with generic regalia. 

Regalia Distribution Dates 

  • Tuesday, April 11 - 8 a.m. - noon 
  • Wednesday, April 12 - noon - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 13 - 3 - 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 18 - 8 a.m. - noon
  • Wednesday, April 19 - noon - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 20, 3 - 6 p.m.

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 and copy


All custom orders must be received by Feb. 24, 2023, 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