Cap Gown

A Bit of Fashion History

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 traditional cap and gown. 

Associate's degree candidates wear light-gray gowns with the traditional mortarboard—a cap with a flat, square top and tassel.

Candidates for bachelor's degrees wear black gowns, as well as caps with tassels.

Candidates for master's degrees wear a black gown, a tam (an eight-sided cap with a tassel), and a hood lined with UMUC's official school colors. The master's hood is also trimmed with velvet in a color representing the degree.

Doctoral degree candidates wear royal blue robes with distinctive piping on the front and sleeves, as well as hoods that represent their fields of study.

Active-duty servicemembers are encouraged to wear their service dress uniform in lieu of a cap and gown.

There are two stoles available this year: The stole of gratitude and the veteran's stole.

  • The stole of gratitude is not for the graduate to wear. Instead, the graduate should present it to the person who provided the most support during his or her studies. It is a wonderful way to say "thank you" and to provide a nice keepsake to a treasured friend or family member.
  • Veterans may purchase and wear a branch-specific stole to proudly celebrate their service in our nation's armed forces.

Order Your Cap and Gown

You can order your cap and gown starting in late February; you will receive ordering instructions with the e-mail invitation to RSVP for Commencement 2016.

We offer rental regalia to doctoral candidates, but we recommend purchasing a complete set of regalia now to be prepared for future events that require formal academic dress.

Commencement Fairs

You can also order your cap and gown during commencement fairs at the Academic Center at Largo. Our regalia vendor will take measurements and orders for regalia. Fairs will be held in March and during commencement week in May. Check here for all the details about our commencement fairs.

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