Your academic dress may vary depending on what type of ceremony you have chosen to attend.

Academic dress

For the virtual graduation you may wish to wear traditional academic dress (gown, cap and hood).

For the in person ceremonies traditional academic dress is a requirement of attendance. 

Booking academic dress

Our official gowning company is Graduation Attire.

Academic Dress bookings will open after midday Friday 29 April, you can access the website to book gowns via My Graduation. The gowning company has an in-depth knowledge of the University’s academic attire requirements and will provide you with the correct gown and hood based on the award you are due to receive.

You must hire or purchase academic dress in advance through Graduation Attire. 

Book your academic dress

Booking deadlines

  • For ceremonies in July 2022, the deadline for booking is Monday 6 June 2022

Costs of academic dress rental or purchase.

  Day Hire Extended Hire Purchase
Bachelors £39.60 £70.00 £150.00
Masters £39.60 £70.00 £162.00
PhD £45.00 £75.00 £192.00


What to wear with academic dress

We recommend you wear clothing that accentuates the traditional gown.

Suit jackets help to puff out the shoulders, giving the hood more security. Shirts with visible top buttons are recommended, as they attach to the hood via a loop, anchoring the hood and preventing it from slipping back. Low-cut tops provide less security for the hood.

Academic dress will be delivered to you in advance of the ceremony and we will provide a link to show you how to put it on properly. There will be staff from Graduation Attire on campus during the in person ceremonies to provide advice. A returns point will be available on campus for you to drop your academic dress off after the ceremony or if you wish to keep it for a slightly longer period you can return it in the bag provided using the returns label.


All official photography is undertaken by our official supplier, Marston Photography.

Booking photography

You can book your photography slot here with Marston Photography 

You need to book your photography time slot in advance. This will save you time and money on the day. It may not be possible to just turn up depending on the restrictions in place at the time. For on the day bookings, a £10 studio session fee will apply.