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Academic Cap & Gown

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ACADEMIC REGALIA FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL STUDENTS

All graduate students 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 3 at www.herffjones.com/umbc, the last day to order online is March 18. You may also order in person at the Bookstore Graduation Center on Wednesday, February 28, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Thursday, March 1 and Friday, March 2, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

On March 10, 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 $165.99 for Ph.D’s and $83.99 for Master’s .

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 22. 

Students who ordered their regalia before or on March 2 can pick up their regalia in the Bookstore Graduation Center on Wednesday, May 2, and Thursday, May 3, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Friday, May 4, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Students who ordered their regalia after March 2 can pick up their regalia on Thursday, May 3, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Friday, May 4, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Bookstore will not be responsible for regalia unclaimed by Tuesday, May 15, 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.

 

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.