Student and Academic Life

Career Center Partners With JCPenney to Provide Students With Professional Attire

Student gets her portrait photo taken. Mark Cornelison l UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2020) — In partnership with JCPenney, the University of Kentucky's James W. Stuckert Career Center is offering the "Spring 2020 JCPenney Suit-Up Event." 

Whether you're shopping for your first suit or need to pick up new items for job interviews, this is a great opportunity for UK students to receive a deep discount on professional dress attire.

The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at JCPenney in the Fayette Mall. A valid student ID is required to attend the event. Upon arrival, students will receive a “Suit-Up Coupon” after check-in at the event and will be free to shop the store after hours.

Students will have the opportunity to shop for professional dress apparel, shoes and accessories (i.e. fashion jewelry, watches, handbags, luggage and more) for up to 60% off when you combine the sale price and Suit-Up Coupon available at the event.

"We see this event as an important way that the Stuckert Career Center can help students obtain professional dress attire for interviews, career fairs and other activities that support their professional development," said Ray Clere, director of the Stuckert Career Center. "JCPenney has offered this program in collaboration with hundreds of colleges and universities, and it’s one of the most popular annual student events offered by many of these institutions."

Confidence is key in an interview. Career Center staff, along with members of the JCPenney team, will be on hand to offer insights into the latest career fashion trends, how a suit should fit, what size to buy and how to tie a tie. 

Additionally, Sephora will provide students with a free mini makeover. Professional headshots will also be available starting at $29.99 at the Portrait Studio. 

Transportation is available upon request. Please complete this form for transportation requests: If you have questions about the event, email event coordinator Ashley Murphy-Gei at

For more information on the Career Center and its services, visit center's website.

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