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: April 6, 2020
Regalia Rentals End: May 3, 2020
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.

Information for Aboriginal Students

(In this context Aboriginal is defined as First Nations, Métis and Inuit, i.e., of this land.)
To all Aboriginal students graduating at the upcoming Congregation:
Congratulations on your achievement.
At UBC (Vancouver and Okanagan), we have regalia guidelines which say that all students must wear an academic gown and hood when crossing the stage at graduation. Any form of traditional attire may be worn underneath the gown.
However, if an Aboriginal student wants to wear their traditional regalia in place of the academic gown and hat, they are welcome to do so. They do not have to wear the gown but they must have the hood, the colour and style of which acknowledges the academic degree they have just earned. The hood can be worn either over their regalia or draped over their left arm. Undergraduates and Masters students are hooded in the robing room (where they line up to process) and wear their hood onto the stage. In the case of the PhD, EdD or DMA candidates, they should carry the hood over their arm and be prepared to be hooded on stage by the President.
The hood is the recognition of the student’s achievement and success and the only time that they will ever acknowledge this particular achievement so it is an important part of the academic tradition.
Individual hoods (without gowns) cannot currently be booked through the online booking system but hoods can be rented for $15 on the day in the robing room and can be paid for by cash, credit or debit.
If you have any questions, please contact
Congratulations again and we look forward to celebrating all our students.

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