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 should be hired from our official provider through the William Northam website, by following How to hire your gown. Hiring the gown online will cost £26. Gown hire for the November 2023 graduation ceremonies will open on Tuesday 19 November 2023 and close on Monday 23 October 2023. If you do not hire your gown before the deadline, you will need to hire your gown on the day at the higher cost of £30.
If you previously booked your gown for July 2023 and would like to transfer this to November 2023, please email email@example.com, advise them of your new ceremony date and time and they can make the amendments to your order.
Before you order, you need to have the following information available:
In the event of problems, they can be contacted at:
Please note that William Northams is our official gown partner 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. We have a contract with Northam’s to ensure you can hire the right gown at a reasonable price. As part of that contract, Northam’s pays the University a small fee which we then re-invest into our graduation day offer, including the provision of a complimentary reception to celebrate your achievement.
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.