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COVID-19: News and Campus Updates | Fall 2021 Plans

You Did It!

Congratulations UNC graduates! All the achievements and important decisions you have made have led to this day. No matter the adversity or sacrifice, you accomplished your goal of graduating from the University of Northern Colorado. A college degree is a special thing, so let’s make this day one to remember! Congratulations!

 Spring 2021 Program  Ceremony Details

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Doctoral Hooding

Friday, May 7, 2021


The Graduate School is hosting a virtual doctoral hooding ceremony for doctoral candidates and inviting research advisors and committee members to attend. Family and friends are welcome to join and regalia is not required. 

NHS & PVA Doctoral Candidates
5:30 p.m.

EBS Doctoral Candidates
7 p.m.

Regalia Return

Our cap and gown partner, Herff Jones, has made returning your rented items easier than ever.  The university does not have your order information or the ability to issue new return labels to you. Please send all questions related to gown and hood returns are sent directly to our partners at Herff Jones. 

What Has to be Returned?

Undergraduate Students: Return ONLY their gown. Students keep their caps, tassels and any other accessories purchased from Herff Jones.

Graduate Students: Return ONLY their gown AND hood. Students keep their caps, tassels and any other accessories purchased from Herff Jones.

Returning your Items (Online Orders)

If you placed your order online, you should have been sent a pre-paid FedEx return label with your order. To return your rented items, simply put them back into the box they came in, adhere the provided label, and then take the package to any FedEx drop location. You may also work directly with FedEx to schedule an at home pick-up for your items.

If you placed your order online and you lost your label, or your label was not included with your order, then you can reach out to Herff Jones directly and request a new label.

Returning your Items (In-person/Late Rental Orders):

If you placed your order at the late order event held on campus or at the Herff Jones booth on the day of your ceremony, then you should have received a pre-paid USPS return label. To return your items, simply utilize any appropriately sized box that you have at home, adhere the provided label to the box, and then drop the box off at any USPS drop location.

If you placed your order at the in-person late order event or at the Herff Jones booth on the day of your ceremony and you lost your return label, then you are responsible for making shipping arrangements to get your rented items back to Herff Jones. Returns can be sent to:

Herff Jones
Rental Return Department
1000 N. Market St.
Champaign, IL 61820

When do I Have to Return my Rented Items?

All returns for orders placed on or before May 9, 2021 must be post marked for return by June 1st, 2021.

Walking in a Different Term

We know how special it is to cross the commencement stage, so the university is providing
the opportunity for graduates to cross the stage in a ceremony that may differ from their graduation date.

Class of 2020

All 2020 graduates are invited to walk in their college’s ceremony this spring. We know your plans may have changed from last semester, so we’re asking that you confirm your attendance this spring.


Class of 2021

Spring 2021 graduates who are uncomfortable participating in an in-person ceremony can attend a future ceremony. Tell the Alumni Association you’d like walk in a later ceremony and they’ll coordinate the details.


Spring 2021 graduates who would like to participate in the spring 2021 ceremony do not need to RSVP.

Preparing for Commencement

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