Graduation Gowns

The gowns, hoods and mortarboards worn by faculty and graduating students at the graduation 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 ceremony in 1916.

A student getting their graduation gown pinned

Renting your regalia

Rent your graduation hood and gown online in advance of your ceremonies online through the UBC Bookstore. Renting in advance provides a discounted rental rate.

The deadline to rent online is May 17, 2024.

Rent your regalia


If you have missed the online gown rental deadline, don’t panic. If you’ve missed the deadline to reserve regalia in advance, please arrive at the Student Marshaling Tent in Parking Lot M 1.5 hours before your ceremony start time. The cost to rent your regalia on-site is $75 (cash, debit or credit).

After your ceremony is over (you have about an hour after the end of your ceremony to take photos), please return your gown at the designated tent in Parking Lot M or inside the Administration Building beside the courtyard.

For more information: please visit the UBC Bookstore’s Graduation website.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact