Black Congratulatory Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If after reading the FAQs you still have questions, please email Assistant Director Ashley M. Davis at or call (217) 333-2092

1) When is the 2018 Black Congratulatory Ceremony?

Saturday, May 12, 2018      7:30 pm         Huff Hall       Doors open at 6:30 pm

(Graduates arrive at 6:30 pm in the Armory in academic attire- cap and gown.)

2) When and how can I register? 

Congratulatory Registration is OPEN! Copy & paste this link to register:

Open registration ends Friday, March 2, 2018 at 5:15 pm $65.00

Open Registration Payment times:

  • Monday, February 26 - Thursday, March 1: 11 am - 4 pm
  • Friday, March 2: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Late registration ends Friday, April 6, 2018 at 6:15 pm $85.00

3) If I have a ceremony starting at 4 p.m. elsewhere, may I still participate?

-Yes, you will simply miss the processional. Ushers will direct you to your seat.

 4) How many tickets do I receive?

-This is a non-ticketed ceremony. NO TICKETS NEEDED! There is designated seating for individuals who are physically unable to climb the bleachers of Huff Hall and we ask that you are mindful and allow them to sit there. It is open seating everywhere else. Everyone is invited to attend.

 5) Why do I have to pay for this and not the other ceremonies?

The Black Congratulatory Ceremony is voluntary and participation is not funded by tuition like the other ceremonies are. The fee is to participate and partially fund the following items. The Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center covers the remaining costs.


-Class Shirt***

-Special Needs Seating

-Administrative Costs


-Class Picture

-Informational mailings

-Black Family Reunion

-Ceremony flowers

-Program booklet

***These are only guaranteed for those who meet the March 2, 2018 5:15 pm deadline.***

 6) Does my registration fee pay for my cap & gown?

No it does not. It is required that you have a cap & gown to participate in BCC.

Ordering Academic Attire

You may order regalia for the spring ceremonies beginning in January.

Academic rental attire is ordered at After placing your order, you will have the opportunity to print a receipt. Please present the receipt when you pick up the apparel. You will not be charged the rental fee if academic attire is not picked up during the distribution period. Rental fees must be paid in full by cash or check, made payable to Herff Jones, when you pick up the apparel. Payment cannot be made in advance.

7) Is the $65 March 2, 2018 5:15 pm open registration deadline flexible?

No. If your registration and payment is mailed in and not received until Monday, March 5, 2018, you'll need to pay the additional $20. If you make the April 6, 2018 late registation deadline, your participation is guaranteed but your stole and class shirt are not.

8) Can I register after April 6, 2018?

No. We will not be able to accept your registration after that date. 

9) Can I just drop my payment off any time with anyone at the BNAACC?

No!! Absolutely not! Payment can only be accepted by Assistant Director Ashley M. Davis at the given times below. If you can’t make those times, send someone on your behalf or mail it in. Acceptable payment via mail is a money order or cashier's check made payable to "University of Illinois." No pesonal checks accepted.

Open Registration Payment times:

  • Monday, February 26 - Thursday, March 1: 11 am - 4 pm
  • Friday, March 2: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

10) When is our Class Picture? 

Our class picture will be announced in February 2018. We will take the group class picture at 5 pm and we will take the individual pictures afterwards. Come in business attire to the lobby of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. You will have the opportunity to purchase these pictures after you've taken them.