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Academic Cap & Gown

Each undergraduate student attending the Commencement ceremony MUST purchase the cap and gown ( academic regalia) that can only be ordered from the Bookstore Graduation Center. Candidates 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 regalia is $49.99 .

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.

Candidates for summa, magna and cum laude honors will be given a keepsake gold stole to be worn at Commencement. Stoles will be distributed with regalia by the Bookstore. If you have earned University Honors (at least 45 UMBC credits with a 3.50 or higher GPA) by the end of the Fall 2015 semester, you will receive a stole. Please contact the Office of the Registrar at 410-455-2500 for more information.


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. Tassels are worn on the right side, and then switched to the left after the degrees are conferred.