Black Congratulatory Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If after reading the FAQs you still have questions, please email BNAACC Director Nathan Stephens at or call (217) 333-2092

1) When is the 2021 Black Congratulatory Ceremony?

To be determined.

2) When and how can I register? 

Registration will be soon available via website. 


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

Yes, We will work with you to accomodate as best we can

 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.

Stole*** | Class Shirt*** | Class Gift*** | Special Needs Seating | Administrative Costs | Printing | Class Picture | Informational mailings | Black Family Reunion | Ceremony flowers | Program booklet | 


 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 the Black Congratulatory Celebration.

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 open registration deadline flexible?

No. Your registration and payment MUST BE RECEIVED AND COMPLETED prior to the deadline.

8) Can I register after the Late Registration Deadline?

No. We will not be able to accept your registration after the deadline for logistical purposes. 

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

No!! The payment method is electronically for your convenience and to avoid any discrepancies around registration information. We are happy to discuss the registration with you if you require some conversation about it.  

10) When is our Class Picture? 

The 2020 class picture will be announced soon. We will take the traditional group class picture 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.