Guidance on dressing for an awards ceremony, with information on how to buy/hire a gown for the day of graduation, and professional photography options available.

Awards Ceremonies are formal occasions, so please wear something suitably smart. Academic dress is not compulsory, although nearly all graduates do wear it. You will find it helpful to wear a buttoned shirt/blouse to help secure the hood in position. As you need to negotiate stone steps, we recommend you wear appropriate footwear. 

Gown hire from Ede & Ravenscroft 

Please order your gown from the Ede & Ravenscroft official website in order to receive the online discount, you can also telephone their call centre, 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday, on 01223 861854. 

  • Please remember that Ede & Ravenscroft require a minimum of three weeks' notice to process your order. Book early to be sure of your order. 
  • If you hire academic dress and subsequently do not attend the ceremony, please ensure that you inform Ede & Ravenscroft, in writing, within the deadline, so that you do not lose entitlement to a refund. 
  • Please return hired robes to the Ede and Ravenscroft representatives after the ceremony. If you fail to return your robes on the day, you become personally responsible for sending them back to Ede & Ravenscroft. 

University robes examples 

Doctorate degrees 

This is a traditional-style gown in gold damask, with fronts and sleeves trimmed with the university's scarlet woven silk. There is a blue cord and button on each sleeve and on the back of the yoke. The hood is in gold damask, with the university's blue damask on the inside top edge. The hat is a gold damask tudor bonnet with blue tassel. 

Doctorate Pharmacy degrees 

This is a traditional Masters gown with long sleeves and maroon cloth facings, a black cloth bonnet with maroon tassels and maroon, gold, red and blue hoods 

Degree of Master of Philosophy 

This is a black gown (see taught Master's degree for full details) with front facings of the university's silk. The hood and hat are the same as the taught Master's degree robes. 

Taught Master's degrees 

Holders of the Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Engineering and Master of Science degrees wear a traditional black gown with long hanging sleeves. The hood is in blue damask lined with university scarlet woven silk. The cape is edged with plain scarlet silk and the hat is a black cloth mortar board. 

Postgraduate awards 

Postgraduates wear the same black gown as undergraduates, but the facings and hood lining are of gold damask. The hat is a black cloth mortar board. 

Postgraduate Certificate Pharmacy awards 

Postgraduate certificate pharmacy graduates will wear traditional black graduate gowns and mortarboards, with dark blue hoods lined with gold and red. 

Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) awards 

MPharm graduates will wear a traditional Masters gown with long sleeves, mortarboards and silver hoods lined with mid-blue and red. 

Bachelor's degrees 

The gown is the traditional black gown with sleeves, worn rather shorter than Masters' gowns. The hood is black art silk outer, full shape and part-lined with the university's scarlet woven silk and blue damask. The hat is a black cloth mortar board. 

Foundation degrees 

A traditional black gown is worn. The hood is black art silk outer, full shape and fully lined with the university's blue damask, with the university's scarlet woven silk on the inside top edge. The hat is a black cloth mortar board. 

Diplomas and certificates (undergraduate) 

A traditional black gown is worn. The hood is fully lined with blue damask, with university plain scarlet silk on the inside top edge. The hat is a black cloth mortar board. 

Non-university awards 

A traditional black gown is worn with no hood. The hat is a black cloth mortar board. 

Graduation Photography from Tempest Photography 

Tempest Photography studios will be available to take portrait and family group photographs from 8.30 am on ceremony days. 

Drop-in studios, allowing you to attend at your convenience at any time during the day, without booking A "proof on the day" service which means you do not need to pre-order anything, and will receive instant 'proofs' to take away and with no obligation to buy. 

You can order on the day from the sales area, or afterwards by telephone or online. 

To view a list of packs, frames and products available, please visit: www.tempest-graduations.co.uk  

HD USB/DVD of your ceremony and Souvenirs 

An HD USB of your Awards Ceremony is available to pre-order at www.visionsunlimited.co.uk.

Souvenirs and graduation gifts are available from the Students' Union shop.