The history of the academic gown goes back to the 12th century. During this period everyone—men and women, royalty, lay folk, clerics, tradesmen, and students—wore long flowing robes. The apparel varied in elegance according to the rank and wealth of the owner, from simple rough worsteds to rich gold brocades wrought with tassels and trimmed with colorful velvet and rich furs. During this period the first organized bodies of learning were formed. From the gowns worn in the "universities" of the period have evolved the academic costumes of today.
For more information about the history of commencement regalia see The Pomp Behind the Circumstance.
UNE undergraduates dress in a traditional black gown with a cap and tassel. Individual cords and sashes may be worn to signify academic honors and/or membership in honor societies.
Dressed in black robes, caps/tams and tassels, graduate students wear hoods bearing the colors of their respective academic programs. Many programs have separate hooding ceremonies in the week prior to the actual graduation ceremony.
Undergraduate cap, gown, and tassel:
Master's cap, gown, and tassel:
Graduating students may purchase caps, gowns, tassels and Master's hoods at the UNE Bookstore on each campus.
DO and MMEL students rent their regalia (tam/cap, gown, tassel, and hood) through the COM Office of Constituent Services; that office can be reached at (207) 602-2329 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pharm.D. and DPT students rent their regalia (tam, gown, tassel, and hood) through the Office of Graduate & Professional Student Affairs; that office can be reached at (207) 221-4212 or via email at email@example.com. For information on purchasing your regalia after commencement, please visit the UNE Bookstore's website.
Graduates are reminded to open regalia packages ahead of time to ensure a proper fit and to check that all items are present. Regalia will NOT be available for purchase on the Bookstore website. Students away from campus on clinical rotations, online students, or those not able to pick up regalia in person may call the Bookstore at either of its locations: Biddeford Campus (207) 602-2219 or Portland Campus (207) 221-4255.
Additional information about regalia or purchasing your regalia after commencement can be found on the UNE Bookstore website.