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Academic dress

Academic Dress

Graduation is a formal occasion, so you should wear smart clothing beneath your gown; no jeans or trainers please. It is useful to wear something such as a shirt or blouse with buttons which will make it easier to attach the hood to your clothing. If a shirt is worn then this should also be accompanied by a tie. Smart but comfortable shoes are also important.

Appropriate military dress or the national dress of your own country is also allowed to be worn underneath your gown.

Please leave handbags, mobile phones, etc. with your guests. You will not be able to carry them with you into your ceremony.

Please be aware that we reserve the right to prevent you from joining your procession and graduating on the day if you are not dressed appropriately and/or in the correct academic dress. You would, in that case, graduate in absence.

The University's Regulations for Academic and Official Costume can be viewed here.

Hire or Purchase Robes

Robes can be hired (or bought) from Ede & Ravenscroft on their website at as soon as graduation registration launches. Please place your order no later than Wednesday 31 August 2022. Please remember to bring your order confirmation with you on the day.

Collection of Robes

Robes will be ready for collection at the Greenlands site on the day of your ceremony from the Institute of Directors Conference Room (number 6 on the Graduation Map).

Assistance will be given with robing. Hats should be worn throughout the ceremony and for photographs.

Please return your robes to TK1 in the main house as soon as possible after your ceremony (number 7 Graduation Map).