Academic Dress

The wearing of academic dress is a university tradition.

What you should wear

Graduation ceremonies are official occasions and the wearing of academic dress is compulsory. 

This means a gown and hood. Mortar boards are not worn. 

Gowns and hoods vary in style and colour and indicate the award and the awarding university.

Please see this document for winter 2022, which outlines what the appropriate academic dress is for your degree award


Hiring academic dress

Ede & Ravenscroft is the University's appointed supplier, and academic dress should be hired directly from them. You should arrange for the hire of your academic dress as soon as possible.

Gowns and hoods should be hired via Ede & Ravenscroft's website. The cost of hiring academic dress is £44 (subject to change). You'll be issued with a reference number once you've booked, so please bring this with you when collecting your academic dress. 

As for what you wear, although there’s no formal dress code, but we advise to dress smartly. It’s not a day for jeans and trainers. 

It’ll be easier to keep your hood in place if you have a top with buttons, or bring a safety pin.


Collecting your academic dress

You can collect your gown from Ede & Ravenscroft, located on campus in the Old College Building.

You must have your allocated seat number in order to collect your academic dress.

Please make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to collect your academic dress, as late arrivals will not be admitted to the Caird Hall once the ceremony has started

If you're unable to collect your academic dress at the time specified, you can ask a friend or relative provided they have your full name and address, your height, and your reference number (as give when you made your booking). 


Returning your academic dress

All gowns and hoods should be returned to Ede & Ravenscroft, located on campus in the Old College Building, no later than 4.30pm on Graduation Day. 


Cancelling robe hire and getting a refund

If you can no longer attend your graduation ceremony and you require a refund for academic dress, please visit the Ede & Ravenscroft website for details

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