Graduation Gowns

Your Graduation Regalia

Graduation Regalia

What is the significance of wearing regalia?

The gowns, hoods and mortarboards adorned by graduating students at their congregation ceremonies evolved from clothes worn by European scholars in the 12th century to authenticate degrees. The University of British Columbia has taken pride in continuing this tradition since our first congregation in 1916.

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Renting your regalia

Rent your graduation hood and gown online in advance of your ceremonies from the UBC Bookstore. Get information on rentals, fees, pick-up and returns and more from the UBC Bookstore website.
Regalia Rentals Start: Oct. 9, 2018
Regalia Rentals End: Nov. 9, 2018
Missed the gown rental deadline? Don’t panic. You’re able to rent a gown on the day of your ceremony – see the UBC Bookstore website for more information.
If you have concerns or special requests, please contact UBC Bookstore Gown Rentals at

Learn more about UBC’s academic regalia

Your mortarboard cap will be given to you on your graduation day at the gown pick-up location.
Caps are yours to keep as a souvenir.

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