Academic Cap & Gown

ACADEMIC REGALIA FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL STUDENTS

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.

The dates for ordering regalia at the Bookstore Graduation Center are Monday, March 3, and Tuesday, March 4, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Wednesday, March 5, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Regalia can also be ordered online through Friday, March 21. (The Web site will not operate after this date.)  The cost to rent graduate regalia is $81.99 for master’s students and $172.99 for doctoral students. Beginning March 6, candidates who order regalia will be assessed a $25 late fee. All forms of payment usually accepted in the Bookstore are allowed.

Students who ordered their regalia before or on March 5 can pick up their regalia in the Bookstore Graduation Center on Wednesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 1, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Friday, May 2, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Students who ordered their regalia after March 5 can pick up their regalia on Thursday, May 1, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Friday, May 2, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Bookstore will not be responsible for regalia unclaimed by Tuesday, May 13, 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.