Wearing academic dress at a graduation ceremony is compulsory and you can not participate or cross the stage without it. It comprises of gown, hood and mortarboard and denotes your university and the level of the award you have obtained. On the day of your ceremony you should wear smart dress and it is recommended that you wear a shirt or blouse with buttons. Below are just a few examples of the style the gown will take; for a full gallery, please see gowns of the University.
Gowns must be hired from the William Northam website from 25 October to 8 November 2021. If done online the cost is £25.
Before you order, you need to have the following information available:
In the event of problems, they can be contacted at:
If you miss the deadline, gowns can be hired on the day of your ceremony; however, the hire cost will be considerably more.
Please note that William Northams is our official provider and you are advised not to purchase or hire your gown from any other supplier as the quality and design requirements cannot be guaranteed by alternative companies. Any student whose garment does not match the University’s design will not be allowed to cross the stage unless they first hire a correct gown, thus incurring further expense.
You should wear the academic dress of the degree which you are being awarded, NOT the dress of a degree which you may already hold.
Education students: if you have been awarded a Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning) please select:
Further details of these charges, including the cost of additional hire time or purchasing a gown, can be found at www.williamnortham.com.