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Academic Cap & Gown

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 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. 

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. 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.