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. 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 purchased online at www.herffjones.com/umbc through Friday, March 21. (The Web site will not operate after this date.) The cost of undergraduate regalia is $48.99. Beginning March 6th, candidates who order regalia will be assessed a $25 late 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 19th.
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.
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 Winter 2013 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.