Graduate Studies

Caps and Gowns

  • The University Bookstore is the sole provider of officially licensed Western Illinois University graduation regalia.  Caps, gowns and tassels are available from the University Union Bookstore beginning March 22, 2019. Online orders may be placed at Graduates will wear black caps and gowns.
  • The cost is as follows:
    • $32.50 for master and specialist degrees
    • $75.00 for doctorate degree
  • Orders may be shipped via UPS until May 6, 2019.
  • For more information visit

Instructional Videos

View videos on properly wearing your cap & gown and graduate/doctoral hoods.


The University Union Bookstore and Document and Publication Services (DPS) offer two different styles of graduation announcements. See their respective websites for more information.

Commencement Programs

  • Students must have their graduation application on file in the School of Graduate Studies by March 10 in order for their names to appear in the program.
  • Students who have invoked the Privacy Act will not have their names printed in the program or released to their local media by University Relations.

Hometown Newspaper Notification

The office of University Relations posts graduates' names, academic distinction, degrees and majors online at and sends a listing of graduates to hometown newspapers after degrees have been conferred, approximately 2-3 weeks after the ceremony.