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 1 at www.herffjones.com/umbc, the last day to order online is March 14. You may also order in person at the Bookstore Graduation Center on Monday, February 27, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, March 1, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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 .
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 expedited shipping fee. If you do not graduate, refunds are available on your Cap and Gown through May 23.
Students who ordered their regalia before or on March 10 can pick up their regalia in the Bookstore Graduation Center on Monday, April 24, and Tuesday, April 25, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Wednesday, April 26, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Students who ordered their regalia after March 11 can pick up their regalia on Tuesday, April 25, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Wednesday, April 26, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Bookstore will not be responsible for regalia unclaimed by Tuesday, May 16, 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 60 graded credits, not including pass/fail or audit credits, with a 3.50 or higher GPA) by the end of the Fall 2016 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.