Robes and dress

Academic Dress

You must wear full 'academic dress' for your ceremony. This consists of:

  • Gown
  • Hood
  • Mortarboard (hat)

The colour and style of your hood indicates what sort of qualification you are receiving: eg. red/grey for a BA or red/blue for a BSc.

You order your academic dress from our supplier Ede and Ravenscroft before the ceremony and collect it on campus on the day. You will be informed of the deadline for ordering. If you do not order your academic dress in time, it won't be available on the day and you will not be able to take part in the ceremony. (You will still receive your degree.)

If you order your academic dress and then find that you are unable to attend the graduation ceremony, a full refund is available (subject to Terms and Conditions).


You can wear your mortarboard throughout the day, and you will want to wear it for your official photo, but during the ceremony itself you just carry it.

And we know this makes us sound like killjoys, but please don't throw your mortarboard in the air. It's got corners and it can put someone's eye out.

Under your robes

Your graduation ceremony is a formal event, so clothing underneath your graduation robes should be smart.

As a general guide, imagine you are going to a formal wedding. You should wear a shirt and tie or smart top/blouse, with smart trousers or skirt, or a suit or a suitable dress.

You should wear smart, formal shoes. Bear in mind that you will be going up and down some steep steps and walking fairly swiftly across the stage, so choose something sensible in terms of heels!

Unacceptable clothing includes:

  • Jeans or denim
  • Casual footwear such as trainers, plimsolls or flip-flops
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts, sportswear or other casual tops

If your clothing is unsuitable, you may be turned away and unable to take part in the ceremony. (You will still receive your degree.)

If you have any further queries regarding the hiring of your gown, please contact Ede and Ravenscroft directly:
+44 (0)1223 734759

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