How to Dress for Commencement
Dear Candidate for Graduation:
Graduation at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES)
is a solemn and formal academic occasion, one with a time honored history in
academia. All participants in UMES commencement exercises wear
university-approved regalia (cap and gown), which can be purchased from the
Bookstore. We request that each
graduate contribute to the dignity of the occasion by following some
fundamentally simple rules. The University reserves the right to request that
unacceptable attire be removed, or to exclude from the commencement any
candidate who does not meet acceptable standards of dress or conduct. Following
these guidelines should ensure the best possible experience for our
candidates and their guests.
The academic robe is black with a V neckline and
will show part of your clothing underneath. The recommended dress is
similar to what you would wear to a formal interview. Candidates who are not
dressed appropriately will not be allowed to participate in the commencement exercise. Please
review and adhere to the following guidelines:
Men should wear dark trousers and white shirt (suit
jacket is not required); formal dress includes a bow tie, or a standard dress
tie. Women should wear a dark dress, or dress suit, or dark skirt or trousers
and blouse. Your academic regalia would then be worn on top of your dress
clothes. Make sure you choose appropriate dress shoes and dress socks for
graduation, as you will be required to stand for long periods of time, walk
long distances, and use stairs and ramps.
are not permitted.
- Boots and
sneakers are not permitted.
visible jewelry over the gown.
flowers, pins, buttons, badges, or decorating the cap or gown.
The mortarboard (academic hat) is to be worn with
the front point over the forehead below the front hairline so that the flat
board is parallel to the floor. The mortarboard is not worn on the back of the
head with the board pointing upward.
NO DECORATION OF ANY KIND IS TO BE
PLACED ON THE MORTARBOARD.
Candidates for the Bachelor's degree should enter
the arena with the tassel on the right, hanging near the right eye. President
Juliette Bell will lead the undergraduate candidates in the Changing of the
Tassel ceremony. Undergraduate candidates for the Bachelor's degree will move
their tassel from right to left when instructed by Dr. Bell.
Candidates for the Master's degree, will be hooded
in the assembly area, and will enter the arena with the tassel at the left
front of the mortarboard, hanging near the left eye. Graduate students do not
participate in the changing of the tassel ceremony.
the Doctoral degree will enter the arena carrying the hood over their left arm,
to be hooded on the dais.