Academic Regalia

Everyone who participates in the Commencement Ceremony MUST wear the academic regalia and also must wear the appropriate color and style of their discipline. Regalia can only be ordered from the UMBC Bookstore or from Please note: A $25 late fee will be charged for any order placed after March 5, 2014. The website will not operate for ordering Caps and Gowns after March 21. All forms of payment usually accepted in the Bookstore are allowed. Candidates are prohibited from wearing a borrowed cap or gown from an alumnus/ and or another student – no exceptions.

Order Regalia Dates Time

Bookstore or Online

Monday and Tuesday

March 3-4

Wednesday, March 5

Online: Click link below:


11 am - 6 pm

11 am - 3 pm

Website will not operate after March 21

Late Fee after March 5 - $25

Rental Cost Doctoral Master




Pick Up Regalia       Date       Time

For orders placed on or before March 5

Wednesday and Thursday

April 30 and May 1

Friday, May 2


11 am - 6 pm

11 am - 3 pm

For orders placed after March 5

Thursday, May 1

Friday, May 2

11 am - 6 pm

11 am - 3 pm

The bookstore will not be responsible for regalia unclaimed by Wednesday, May 13, the last day of classes.

How to Wear the Mortarboard

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.

Master’s and Ph.D. hoods, along with the rest of their regalia, must be returned to the Bookstore immediately following the ceremony. If regalia is not returned following the ceremony, the graduate will be charged the full cost of the regalia.