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Grad Fest FAQs

Commencement Information
  • +What is Graduation Celebration?

    Graduation Celebration is a website designed to be your one-stop-shop for all your USC Graduation needs. We will also be holding a Virtual GradFest to showcase all the products available to assist in the celebration of your achievement. You can rent your cap and gown, order your diploma frame, customize your sash and purchase your USC Ring. Remember, your cap and gown isn’t only tied to a ceremony, it’s also tied to your achievement. Take pictures, post on social media and celebrate with your family. You’ve earned it!

  • +What is a Grad Pack?

    A Grad Pack is a convenient package of the most popular graduation items including a USC custom rental gown, cap, tassel and hood (for Master/Doctor grads), USC graduation announcements, envelope seals, return address labels, and your choice of diploma frame (not in Basic Grad Pack).

  • +Do I get to keep my cap and gown?

    In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, we use rental gowns and hoods that must be returned following your ceremony. You can keep your cap and tassel as a souvenir.

  • +Can I purchase my cap and gown instead of renting it?

    If you do not want to rent your cap and gown and prefer to purchase, you may do so at Please allow 6-8 weeks for manufacturing. Please visit for additional information before purchasing.

  • +Can I purchase my hood only?

    For Master and Doctor Graduates, rentals include a gown, cap, tassel and hood. Components cannot be rented individually online. If you wish to purchase an individual item, visit academicregalia.her¬ to place an order.

  • +How do I purchase a Doctoral Tam?

    The regular Doctor rental includes a mortarboard cap. Many Doctoral grads prefer to purchase the USC Custom tam. To do so, please visit her¬

  • +When will I receive my order?

    Home Ship Rental Orders will be shipped to you within 7-10 business days. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. Purchases of Academic Regalia Items will ship in 6-8 weeks, unless expedited manufacturing or shipping is selected. Diploma Frame and Announcement Orders will ship in 2-3 weeks.

  • +Will there be a 2021 commencement?

    Still awaiting direction from the University.

  • +Why is there a virtual grad fest if we’re not sure about commencement?

    Despite all the uncertainty, we are providing products for you to take pictures and celebrate with your friends and family at home.

  • +If I rent cap and gown now, when do I return it?

    You should return the rental after the virtual conferring and after you celebrate with your friends, family, and take pictures.

  • +How do I know the velvet on my hood is the correct color?

    Click hereto view the USC hood color chart.

  • +When do I return my cap and gown rental?

    Gowns and hoods should be returned two weeks after graduation celebration or immediately after any scheduled in person ceremony. If an in person ceremony isn’t scheduled gown and hood rentals should be returned immediately after such announcement.

  • +Where should I return my rental?

    Your rental shipment will include a FedEx return shipping label. Your gown and hood need to be returned to the address below following your personal celebration. Keep your cap and tassel as souvenirs!

    Attn: USC Rental Return
    1000 N. Market Street
    Champaign IL 61820