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 September 29 at www.herffjones.com/umbc, the last day to order online is October 18. You may also order in person at the Bookstore Graduation Center on Monday, September 26, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday, September 28, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
On October 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 late fee. If you do not graduate, refunds are available on your Cap and Gown through December 21.
Students who ordered their regalia before or on October 11 can pick up their regalia in the Bookstore Graduation Center on Wednesday, November 30, and Thursday, December 1, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Friday, December 2, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Students who ordered their regalia after October 11 can pick up their regalia on Thursday, December 1, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Friday, December 2, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Bookstore will not be responsible for regalia unclaimed by December 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 60 graded credits, not including pass/fail or audit credits, with a 3.50 or higher GPA) by the end of the Spring 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.