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Academic Cap & Gown


All graduate students participating in the Commencement ceremony MUST wear the academic regalia of the appropriate color and style that must be obtained from the UMBC Bookstore Graduation Center. Candidates participating in the ceremony are prohibited from wearing a borrowed cap or gown from an alumnus/a or another student – no exceptions.

Online ordering of regalia opens on March 3rd at You may also order in person at the Bookstore Graduation Center on Monday, February 29, and Tuesday, March 1, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Wednesday, March 2, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Regalia orders must be placed by Thursday, March 10. On March 11, a $25 expedited shipping fee will be applied. In order to assure timely delivery of regalia. Even if you are unsure of your participation, place the order to avoid the late fee and to assure delivery. You may return the regalia if you are unable to participate. The cost of Master’s  regalia is $83.99 and the cost for the Ph.D. regalia is $165.99.

Beginning March 11, candidates who order regalia will be assessed a $25 expedited shipping fee.

All forms of payment usually accepted in the Bookstore are allowed. We strongly suggest that you order regalia even if you have not yet been cleared for graduation. It is much easier to get a refund on your regalia as opposed to paying the late fee. If you do not graduate, refunds are available on your Cap and Gown through May 18th. 

Students who ordered their regalia before or on March 2 can pick up their regalia in the Bookstore Graduation Center on Monday, April 25, and Tuesday, April 26, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Wednesday, April 27, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Students who ordered their regalia after March 2 can pick up their regalia on Tuesday, April 26, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Wednesday, April 27, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Bookstore will not be responsible for regalia unclaimed by May 10, the last day of classes. During these Bookstore Graduation Center hours, a professional photographer from Graduation Images will be available for formal portraits of candidates in their regalia. There is no purchase obligation.

Tassels are worn on the left side of the mortarboard. The cap should be worn so that the mortarboard is level. It should not be tilted to the back or side of the head. The crown should be approximately one inch above the eyebrows. The front of the cap is indicated on the inside of the crown. Men remove their caps during the playing of the National Anthem.

Students earning master’s degrees wear hoods marked with bands of color indicating the degree earned. Master’s candidates wear their caps, gowns and hoods in the procession. Master’s hoods, along with the rest of their regalia, must be returned to the Bookstore immediately following the ceremony.

Master of Arts (M.A.) – white velvet band
Master of Science (M.S.) – gold velvet band
Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) – dark blue velvet band
Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) – gold velvet band

The doctoral degree awarded by the Graduate School is the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), signified by a dark blue velvet band on the hood. Ph.D. candidates wear their caps and gowns in the procession and carry their hoods on the left arm, with the velvet band at the wrist. Ph.D. hoods, along with the rest of their regalia, must be returned to the Bookstore immediately following the ceremony.

If regalia is not returned immediately following the ceremony, the graduate will be charged the full cost of the regalia.