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Information for Graduate Students

Apply for Graduation

Spring and summer graduates must apply for graduation to participate in the ceremony. The February 12 deadline for your name to appear in the program has passed, but the application is still open. Graduates who apply now will be able to walk and have their name read at their ceremony.

Graduate Student Speaker

Student Speaker

Share your journey to graduation, inspire your graduating class, and emphasize what is important to you while sharing your talents with friends and family.

Graduate students who will be earning their master's, specialist or doctoral degree can apply to be the commencement speaker at the spring ceremony. By submitting your application, you authorize the selection committee to access and review your grades, enrollment status, and conduct records.

Cap and Gown Rental

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.

UNC partners with Herff Jones to provide regalia rental to all graduates. Please see their policies below.

  • Herff Jones Refund Policy
    • Caps, Tassels, Gowns, and Regalia Accessories (i.e. Stoles): A refund will be provided so long as the product is unused and unopened. Refunds must be requested prior to your ceremony date. Keeper products being returned by students are returned at their expense. Certain customized and year dated products are not eligible for refund or return. Please reach out to Herff Jones customer service if you have specific questions.
    • Announcements and Fine Paper Accessories: All sales are final.
    • Frames: Refund must be requested within 1 month of the product being delivered to the customer.
    • Class Rings: All sales are final.

    We stand by our products and will offer refunds on any product if a manufacturing or material defect is present.

  • Herff Jones Customer Service

Graduate Regaliaa

Graduation Announcements

Share your accomplishment with family and friends by ordering graduation announcements. You can order from any company you choose but UNC recognizes Balfour or you can order through Herff Jones when you rent regalia.

Balfour Announcements Herff jones ANNOUNCEMENTS

After Graduation

Now that you’ve walked across the stage, you’re almost done!
The only things left are to receive your diploma and request your transcripts — tasks that we make easy.