Regalia Information

Academic regalia are the traditional dress for degree candidates participating in college, school and department convocations, as well as the university-wide commencement ceremony. Students are required to wear regalia in order to participate in the commencement ceremony.

For those earning a bachelor’s degree, a black gown and mortarboard are worn. A black tassel with a custom UMD medallion is attached. A custom UMD red stole completes the regalia for bachelor’s degree candidates.

University Book Center Purchase Deadline: December 6, 2021             Price: $90

Master’s degree students wear a modified gown with longer sleeves, the mortarboard with an attached UMD black tassel, custom UMD red stole, and a hood. The hood color represents your specific degree or discipline. 

University Book Center Purchase Deadline: December 6, 2021             Price: $158

The most elaborate regalia on display at Commencement are worn by those receiving a doctoral degree. A doctor's gown is a much fuller gown and is decorated with velvet lapels and three chevrons sewn onto the sleeves of the gown that designate the recipient as a “doctor.” In place of the mortarboard, doctoral students wear a tam, a velvet hat with a tassel attached that is much less rigid in construction.

Doctoral regalia are unique in the sense that it is often worn many times following the degree recipient's own graduation, especially for those who pursue careers in academia. It distinguishes the faculty member as a graduate of a specific institution. As is common for many universities, a unique doctoral regalia was designed and customized for the University of Maryland College Park. Doctoral regalia may be purchased or rented.
Doctoral Candidates who are undecided or pending defense are strongly encouraged to preorder. Payment is deferred until regalia is picked-up.

University Book Center Purchase Deadline: October 29, 2021               Price: $1,098

Rental Deadline: December 6, 2021          Price: $260 + $500 Deposit (Keeper Tam & Tassel)
*Rental Due Back Date: No Later Than January 10, 2022

UMD graduate in cap and gown

Ordering and Purchasing Regalia

On Campus (University Book Center)
Academic regalia is available for purchase from the University Book Center (UBC). The UBC will continue to provide regalia services up until commencement. Gown sizing and hood colors may be limited after December 6, 2021. Along with full regalia packages, the UBC will stock individual pieces, including the tassel, stole, and hood.

Order Online (Oak Hall)
Regalia will be available to order online directly from Oak Hall for a limited time. Please note that Doctoral Rentals will not be available online, and must be ordered through the University Book Center. Flat Rate $14 Shipping charge will apply.

Ordering Link Available October 18 – November 29, 2021

Faculty Rental (University Book Center)
The UBC will coordinate and order all faculty, staff, and administration regalia rentals. All rental regalia orders are due no later than November 29. Regalia orders that are placed before the deadline will be available for pick-up the week of December 13. All rented regalia must be returned to the University Book Center no later than January 10, 2022, to avoid a $200 non-returned vendor fee.

Pricing of Faculty Rental Regalia:

  • Bachelors - $69
  • Masters - $73
  • Doctoral - $83

Payment due upon pick-up.


If needed, please contact your department’s commencement coordinator for assistance.

Refunds & Return Information

The UBC will offer a full refund for regalia that is returned no later than December 19, 2021, in its original condition with proof of purchase. 

Online order refunds and returns must be shipped back to Oak Hall within 2 weeks of receiving items and they must be unopened. For exceptions and more information contact:

Regalia Support Contact

Deddisun Won, Operation Manager
University Book Center
Stamp Student Union Bldg.

Visit for more information.

Back to Top