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Academic Cap & Gown

ACADEMIC REGALIA FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL STUDENTS

All graduate students attending the Commencement ceremony MUST rent 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.

Each undergraduate student attending the Commencement ceremony MUST rent 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 is available at http://herff.ly/umbc. You may also order in person at the Bookstore Graduation Center on Monday, November 26 and Tuesday, November 27 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information about cap and gown ordering and pickup please visit http://bookstore.umbc.edu/SiteText?id=52882

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 December 18. 

 

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.

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.