Cap Gown

A Bit of Fashion History

University of Maryland University College will celebrate Commencement in May, but the tradition of academic dress for graduates started in the 12th and 13th centuries when universities first formed. Early ceremonies were often held in unheated buildings, so long gowns were necessary for scholars to ward off the cold.

That Stylish Look

As a graduate, you'll wear a black cap and gown. Everyone looks good in black, right?

In addition to the gown, candidates for bachelor's degrees wear the traditional mortarboard. It's a cap with a flat, square top and tassel.

Candidates for master's degrees wear a tam-o'-shanter, a round woolen or cloth cap with a pom-pom in the center, and a hood associated with their academic discipline.

And ceremony participants who sport the royal blue robes with distinctive piping on the front and sleeves–those are doctoral degree candidates. They'll also wear hoods that represent their fields of study.

Order Your Cap and Gown

Please order your cap and gown from Oak Hall. Regalia will be shipped to you if ordered online by May 2. Orders placed after May 2 must be placed by calling 800-456-7623.

Oak Hall will rent regalia to doctoral candidates, but we recommend purchasing a complete set of regalia now so you're prepared for future events that require formal academic dress.

Commencement Fairs

You can also order your cap and gown during Commencement Fairs at Academic Center at Largo. Oak Hall representatives will take measurements and orders for regalia.

Fairs will be held:

  • 11 a.m.–7 p.m. March 27-28

  • 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, March 29

  • 11 a.m.–7 p.m. May 14-15

  • 10 a.m.–2 p.m. May 16

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