Robes and dress

graduates applaudingYour graduation ceremony is a formal event, so your clothing underneath your 'Academic Dress' should be smart (similar to what you would wear for an important job interview).

Graduands should wear a shirt and tie with formal trousers, or a suit. Alternatively, you can wear a smart top/blouse with skirt or formal trousers, or a suitable dress. Formal/smart shoes should be worn. You will need to walk up and down steep steps on and off the stage, so ensure that your footwear is suitable.

Unacceptable clothing includes:

  • Jeans or denim clothing; casual footwear such as trainers, plimsolls, flip-flops; casual tops such as t-shirts, sportswear.

If your clothing is unsuitable for the ceremony, you may be turned away and will graduate in absentia.

Academic Dress

You must wear full Academic Dress for your ceremony (gown, hood and hat/mortar board), which should be hired from our supplier Ede and Ravenscroft.

You must order your Academic Dress by 2 January 2018.

A full refund is available (subject to criteria) if you are not able to attend your ceremony. If you do not order your gown in time for your ceremony, you may have to graduate in absentia.

Take a look to see what your Academic Dress will look like.

Mortar boards and hats are not worn during the ceremony but are worn afterwards and for photographs. 

Collecting Academic Dress

You will need to collect your gown, hood and hat/mortar board from Ede and Ravenscroft in the Queen’s Hall, Percy Gee Building, on the main University campus on the day of your ceremony.

Please allow at least 10 minutes to walk from main campus to the De Montfort Hall.

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Use this graduation checklist to make sure that you have done everything you need to do before the ceremony, and know what to do on the day.

Contact Us

If you have any general enquiries about your graduation please contact the the Graduation Team on 0116 252 2448 or