Gowns, Photography and Dress Code

What is the dress code?

Graduation is a friendly yet formal occasion so most graduands and guests dress smartly. As this is a formal academic event, graduands are required to wear gowns. Gowns are supplied by Ede & Ravenscroft, who supply gowns to many higher education institutions. You can book your gown for the day on their website.

When wearing an academic gown or hat, it's best if graduands wear a shirt or blouse so that the hood of the gown can be fastened on a button. Alternatively, bring a safety pin. You may also wish to bring some hair clips to ensure your hat fits well.

All personal belongings should be left with your guests as they cannot be taken with you to your seat.

Where and when can I get my gown?

Book your gown before graduation from Ede & Ravenscroft. You will be sent an email confirming your gown hire that includes your gown reference number. You will need to print out and present this email to the Ede & Ravenscroft staff at the ceremony in order to collect your gown.

We strongly advise that you book your gowning, photography and personal and guest tickets at the same time. 

Which gown do I order?

When you visit the gowning site to order your gown you will choose which award you are going to receive. For example ‘UAL BA (Hons)’ (University of the Arts London Bachelor of Arts degree with honours). The correct gown for this degree will then be displayed for you to hire.

If I can’t go to the ceremony, can I get a refund on my gown?

You may cancel your gown up to 7 working days before your awards ceremony for a refund, however you must contact Ede & Ravenscroft for more information. This can be completed online through the ‘my account’ section or arranged through the call centre. An administration fee may apply depending upon the date the hire order was placed.

Can I buy photographs on the day?

Graduands have the option to have commemorative photographs taken of themselves and their guests on the day by Ede & Ravenscroft's professional photographers. If this is something you would like to take up, then we strongly suggest you book and pay for your photography in advance to save you time and hassle on the day itself. Last minute bookings/payments can also be made on the day, but please note those graduands who have pre-booked may be processed more quickly.

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