Graduation regalia can be purchased at the UWM Panther Shop through our vendor, Herff Jones.

Spring 2024 Graduation: General Information

Spring Graduation will be held:

  • UWM Commencement – Sunday 05/19/2024 
  • Black Ceremony Check in: 7:30 a.m. Ceremony starts: 9:00 a.m.
  • Gold Ceremony Check in: 12:30 p.m. Ceremony starts: 2:00 p.m.
  • Please visit the SecU Office for more details.
  • The UW-Milwaukee Arena Team Store hours: TBD
  • ADA accessibility 414-908-6035


  • Students/Faculty can order regalia online at
  • Grad Info Day: 03/13th & 14th/2024; 10:00am – 6:00pm. Empire Photos will be present (10:00am- 5:30pm) to take Grad portraits. Please signup with the QR code below to participate. Free grad Keychain with photo (while supplies last).
  • The website for ordering regalia: Opens September 5, 2023 and closes April 19, 2024 at 11:59 pm EST.
  • Order by 11:59pm EST March 29, 2024 for free instore pick-up at the Panther Shop.
  • Cap & Gown pick up: May 1st & 2nd, 2024; 10:00am – 6:00pm located in the Panther Shop. 
  • $10.00 holding fee applies for cap and gowns not picked up by the end of the day 05/03/2024 10am – 4pm
  • Stop by the Center for Student Experience & Talent table 05/1 – 2/2024 10am – 6pm for treats, career readiness info and more!  
  • April 4, 2024: Last day for custom PhD regalia to be purchased. (Purchase through the Panther Shop)
  • All PhD online regalia orders are RENTALS (however there is an option to purchase hoods, please select option online)
  • If you wish to purchase all Doctoral pieces please contact the Panther Shop by 04/04/24
  • No state purchasing cards will be accepted at the Panther Shop (Tcard and personal cards only).


Return Policy:

  • All online orders must be sent back by the individual, unworn to Herff Jones within (30) days of receipt for a full refund. Panther Shop orders are to be returned by 05/18/2024 unworn for a full refund. No gowns are accepted for refunds after commencement has taken place.
  • PHD rental ship home online orders: There will be a prepaid return label included in all packages.
  • All PhD online rentals must be returned to Herff Jones (by mail) by 05/26/2024. Please call 1800-837-4235 to replace missing return shipping labels. After 05/26/2024 a non-return fee of up to $250 will be assessed
  • Mailing Address: Herff Jones Cap & Gown Division 1000 N. Market Street Champaign, IL 61820
  • Panther Shop PhD rental return orders: must be returned to the Panther Shop by mail 5/20 – 26/24 or walk in 5/20 – 24/24. After 05/26/2024 a non-return fee of up to $250 will be assessed
  • There will be a return table set up outside the store for PhD Rental returns 
  • Mailing address: Panther Shop 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. Milwaukee WI, 53211
  • There will not be an option to return regalia at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

Questions? Email or call 414-229-5574

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