Regalia Information for Students and Faculty

Regalia Information for Students

Rush University students participating in the April 30, 2020 Commencement will order regalia through the Intent to Graduate form, which is due by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, February 29, 2020.  All student regalia is rented at no cost to graduating students, but must be returned to the UIC Parking Garage immediately following the ceremony.

Each student regalia packet includes:

  • Gown
  • Cap/Tam (one size fits all)
  • Tassel
  • Stole (Bachelor degrees)
  • Hood (Master’s and Doctoral degrees)
  • Honor cords (Bachelor degrees)
    • Gold Cord— summa cum laude, (3.8-4.0)
    • Silver Cord— magna cum laude, (3.6-3.79)
    • Bronze Cord— cum laude, (3.4-3.59)

Please note, individual colleges or programs may hand out additional honor cords or stoles.

Students may keep their caps, tassels, stoles and honor cords as keepsake items following the ceremony, however, all gowns and hoods must be returned immediately following the commencement ceremony. Students may incur charges if gowns and hoods are not returned.

DEADLINE TO COMPLETE STUDENT INTENT TO GRADUATE FORM (including regalia sizing information): Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Students who do not place their orders by the deadline will need to reach out to the Office of Student Life & Engagement to make necessary arrangements.  Late orders may be accommodated with generic sized regalia.

Regalia Information for Faculty

All Rush University faculty are invited to participate in the Commencement ceremony held on April 30, 2020.  To participate, please complete the Faculty Commencement Participation and Regalia order form, which will be available until Saturday, March 11, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Faculty members participating in Commencement may wear their own regalia or order rental regalia at no cost. Please be reminded, rented regalia must be returned immediately following the ceremony in the faculty locker room of the Credit Union 1 Arena (formerly named the UIC Pavilion). 

DEADLINE TO COMPLETE THE FACULTY PARTICIPATION AND REGALIA ORDER FORM: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020 at 11:59 P.M.

Faculty members who complete this form after the deadline may not be listed in the program and may incur additional fees to order regalia. If you missed the deadline, but would like to participate in the ceremony, contact the Office of Student Life & Engagement. Late orders may be accommodated with generic sized regalia; inclusion in the program is not guaranteed.

Regalia Distribution for Faculty

Faculty and staff participants are asked to pick up their regalia during one of the regalia distribution sessions. Picking up your gown during distribution takes only a few minutes and all you need is your ID! If you cannot attend pick up your regalia during the designated distribution times, please consider one of the following options:

  • Ask a friend or colleague to pick up your regalia from the regalia distribution session held at Rush the week prior to Commencement.
  • Pick up your regalia immediately prior to the Commencement ceremony. Regalia will be available in the Credit Union 1 Arena (formerly named UIC Pavilion) garage for students and the Credit Union 1 Arena Vomitory for faculty and staff beginning at noon on April 30, 2020. Please keep in mind that if you pick up your regalia at UIC immediately prior to the ceremony, you will not be able to steam or iron out any wrinkles.

If possible, the Commencement Committee will attempt to deliver any remaining gowns to faculty/staff participants following distribution on Monday, April 27. Please note this is contingent upon time and is not a guarantee, so please make every effort to pick up your items during distribution or plan on picking them up on site on Thursday, April 30.

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, directly.

All custom orders must be received by Saturday, February 8, 2020 in order to have regalia made, shipped and received in time for the Commencement ceremony. Custom orders will be shipped directly to the purchaser’s home.

Regalia Distribution

All students, faculty or staff participating in the Commencement ceremony on April 30, 2020 will have multiple opportunities to pick up their rented regalia in preparation for the event. The pick-up process is quick and simple and only requires a Rush University ID!

Regalia Distribution Events

Regalia will be distributed prior to commencement during the following dates/times.

  • Friday, April 24 - Time TBD

  • Monday, April 27 - Time TBD

  • Tuesday, April 28 - Time TBD

Regalia Distribution will take place in the Armour Academic Center (AAC) Room 994.

Students, faculty or staff unable to attend a regalia distribution event may do one of the following:

  • Ask a friend or colleague to pick up the regalia in your place.
  • Pick up regalia immediately prior to the Commencement ceremony. Regalia will be available in the Credit Union 1 Arena (formerly named UIC Pavilion) garage for students and the Credit Union 1 Arena Vomitory for faculty and staff beginning at noon on April 30, 2020. Please keep in mind that if you pick up your regalia at UIC immediately prior to the ceremony, you will not be able to steam or iron out any wrinkles.

To avoid wrinkled regalia, the Commencement Committee highly recommends picking up regalia prior to the day of the ceremony.