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.
Renting your regalia
Rent your graduation hood and gown online in advance of your ceremonies online through the UBC Bookstore.
Regalia Rentals Start: April 2020 (TBC)
Regalia Rentals End: May 2020 (TBC)
If you missed the online gown rental deadline, don’t panic. You can rent regalia on the day of your ceremony by going to the 2nd Floor of the Fipke Atrium 90 minutes before the ceremony start time.
The cost for on-site rental is $70.00 for all graduates. Cash, MasterCard, VISA, AMEX, and debit payments are accepted. You will have to fill out a form, pay, and then they will give you a gown, hood, and hat.
Learn more about UBC’s academic regalia
Information for Aboriginal Students
Please arrive at the Fipke Centre (2nd Floor) 1 hour and 30 minutes before your ceremony. Once you arrive, you will be given your gown, hood, and hat, and then will remain in the Fipke Centre foyer to receive instructions for your ceremony. You will then leave the Fipke Centre and process into the gymnasium with your classmates.
Please note: no coat check or storage is available in the Fipke Centre so please leave all jackets and bags with your family/friends or in your car. You will be not returning there after your ceremony.
After your ceremony is over (you have about an hour after the end of your ceremony to take photos), please return your gown to the Okanagan Bookstore.
For more information: please visit the UBC Bookstore’s Graduation website.