Regalia & Merchandise

UAB bachelor's and master's graduates will be “Walking Green” at Commencement.

Regalia – which includes caps and gowns – makes Commencement ceremonies a visually stimulating experience and highlights the importance of the day for graduates and UAB. Learn more about how to purchase Commencement regalia prior to the ceremony, as well as UAB merchandise (announcements, class rings, and diploma frames) to commemorate graduation. There is a process in place for graduates and their friends and families to obtain a branding permission letter to share with bakeries to use UAB trademarks on cakes and edible goods.

GreenWeaver regalia is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. It takes an average of 23 plastic bottles to manufacture one cap and gown, meaning that your class has the opportunity to divert over 87,000 plastic bottles from landfills. GreenWeaver is also cooler and lighter weight than non-sustainable fabric.

Students in the School of Dentistry, UAB Heersink School of Medicine, and School of Optometry should note that their schools typically coordinate the specifics of these orders.

Dress Code/Academic Regalia

Commencement recognizes the academic achievements of UAB graduates and is considered a formal academic ceremony that should be viewed as such in dress and demeanor. The undergraduate and master’s academic robes are green. The recommended dress for graduates is comfortable business attire.

Order regalia for Bachelor/Masters/PhD/Optometry degrees Order regalia for Faculty (not medical and dental)

Order regalia for Medical and Dental (must be paid for at time of pick up)

Order regalia for Faculty - Medical and Dental

  • Bachelor's Regalia Cost

    All Grad Packs include a one-year membership in The University of Alabama at Birmingham National Alumni Society. Please order your regalia three to four weeks prior to when you would like to have it in hand. Deadline to purchase online is March 25, 2022. Regalia will be available in store from Feb. 24 - April 19, 2022. For additional questions, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Due to COVID, returns on opened regalia will not be accepted. Refunds will be accepted until April 28, 2022.

    Order your Regalia

    Grad Pack Cost of Grad Pack
    Bachelor's Grad Pack
    (cap/gown/tassel/hood, if applicable)
    $69.98
  • Master's Regalia Cost

    All Grad Packs include a one-year membership in The University of Alabama at Birmingham National Alumni Society. Please order your regalia three to four weeks prior to when you would like to have it in hand. Deadline to purchase online is March 25, 2022. Regalia will be available in store from February 24- April 29, 2022. For additional questions, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Due to COVID, returns on opened regalia will not be accepted. Refunds will be accepted until Dec 10, 2021.

    Order your Regalia

    Grad Pack Cost of Grad Pack
    Master's Grad Pack
    (cap/gown/tassel/hood, if applicable)
    $117.98

    For store hours please visit the UAB Bookstore website. For questions concerning cap and gown, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please see the Distance Learning section below for information on how to order your cap and gown if you cannot attend Grad Fest or pick up your cap and gown in store.

  • Doctoral Regalia Cost (Excluding O.D., M.D., and D.M.D.)

    Custom Doctoral Regalia

    All custom regalia orders will need to be placed by March 18, 2022 to ensure delivery before Fall Commencement. View the pricing for regalia and descriptions of the fabric. You can purchase the full regalia or pieces. You can also purchase UAB’s official custom regalia for a total price of $983 plus tax. See a picture of this regalia. For pictures of different custom regalia that you can purchase in black, please look here. The pieces of doctoral regalia include a robe, a hood, a tam, and a tassel. You would purchase regalia in your highest degree earned and you can just purchase pieces.

    Order your Regalia

    For custom regalia we will need the following measurements:

    • To be tailored for: Male or Female
    • Height with shoes (top of head to floor): feet and inches
    • Approximate weight: pounds
    • Chest measurement: inches
    • Shirt sleeve length (Measurement from center-back base of neck, over the top of the shoulder and along the outer arm to desired length.): inches
    • Neck size: inches
    • Floor clearance desired (If not specified, robes will be sized approximately 8” from the floor): inches
    • Cap or Tam (Measure around the head approximately 1” above the brow, pulling the tape measure snugly. Give measurement in inches.): inches

    You must come into the store or puchase the custom regalia online. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. Again, the deadline for custom regalia is March 18, 2022.

    Rental Doctoral Regalia

    Student rental doctoral regalia forms are due March 18, 2022 to ensure you have regalia for the Commencement Ceremony. Students can rent packages for the ceremony. Students can also rent and/or purchase individual pieces. Payment for rental packages will be due at time of purchase. Regalia will be available for pick up around April 27 at the UAB Bookstore located in the Hill Student Center at 1400 University Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35233. Please visit our website for store hours. If you are unable to pick up your own regalia, please designate an alternate pick-up person on the form as requested.

    Rental Pack Cost of Rental Pack
    Tam Rental Package $123.98

Distance Learning Students

If you are unable to attend the ceremony, it will be livestreamed and links will be made available on the Commencement website. You will still receive your diploma, as participation in the ceremony has no impact on your degree. Also, you are welcome to participate in future ceremonies when you are able. Please contact us during the semester of the ceremony in which you wish to participate.

student at commencement ceremony

Honors Graduates

Undergraduate students who have achieved meritorious scholastic standing are eligible to wear a gold honors cord. Honors designations are based on grades reported at the end of the previous term and may not reflect all earned honors. The honors designations for undergraduates are as follows:

  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.9 – 4.00 overall grade point average
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.7 – 3.89 overall grade point average
  • Cum Laude: 3.5 – 3.69 overall grade point average

Graduation Announcements, Frames, Rings

Personalized graduation announcements are available for purchase during Grad Fest on Monday, March 2 and Tuesday, March 3. Announcements can also be purchased online through CB Graduation Products. Generally, students receive their announcements within 2-3 weeks; rush service is available for an additional fee.

UAB diploma frames are available at the UAB Bookstore (in Hill Student Center, 1400 University Blvd). They can also be purchased through the UAB Bookstore.

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Optometry, Doctor of Medicine, and Doctor of Dental Medicine graduates should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details about ordering diploma frames, as the size of these diplomas varies from other UAB diplomas.

UAB class rings are available from Balfour. Display cases of sample rings and brochures are available at the UAB Bookstore.

Representatives from Balfour will be at Grad Fest to take orders. Orders may also be placed online through Balfour.

Faculty Regalia

  • Rentals

    To order faculty regalia, please contact the UAB Bookstore at 205-934-8206. The deadline for the Spring 2022 orders is March 18, 2022.

    Payment will be done at the time of the order unless you are on the President's List for payment. All faculty regalia will be available for pick up the Monday before Commencement. If you miss the deadline, there will be a limited number of bulk rentals available. They will be on a first come, first served basis and will be UAB colors. If you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Purchases

    If you wish to purchase regalia, please contact the UAB Bookstore at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up a fitting. Please keep in mind that it takes 4 to 6 weeks to make custom regalia, so orders for custom regalia must be submitted at least 6 weeks before the ceremony.

 

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