Postgraduates in red robes

What to wear


What do I need to wear?

All graduands attending a graduation ceremony must wear academic dress. This is made up of a gown, a hood and a hat. It’s your responsibility to order the appropriate academic dress from the College’s official gown supplier, Ede & Ravenscroft, from 8 October 2019 ahead of your graduation ceremony.

How to order

Academic dress must be pre-ordered online from our official suppliers, Ede & Ravenscroft. You need to place your gown order online by Sunday 8 December 2019 for it to be ready in time for your ceremony.

Helpful tips

Graduation is a formal occasion, and you should wear smart clothing beneath your gown.

  • You will be required to walk quickly and up and down steps during the student procession, so make sure you wear suitable footwear
  • It’s useful to wear a buttoned blouse or shirt. as this makes it easier to attach the hood of your gown to your clothing
  • It may be helpful to bring safety pins to ensure the hood stays in place, as well as hair grips if you have long hair
  • You won’t be able to carry any personal belongings with you during the ceremony, so please leave handbags and any other items with your guests if you can.

Forgotten to order your gown?

A limited number of gowns will be available for hire on the day.

How to collect your academic dress

Once you’ve pre-ordered your academic dress online, you can collect it on graduation day from the Windsor Building room 102/103 at the following times:

Ceremony start timeAcademic dress collection time
10am from 8.30am
12.30am from 11am
3pm from 1.30pm

Returning your academic dress

All academic dress must be returned to the Windsor Building Room 102/103 no later than 5.30pm on the day of your ceremony.