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Robes & Photography

A group of graduates have their picture taken in their graduation robes.

All graduates must wear Academic robes to cross the stage, so make sure you hire your robes as soon as possible.

Your robes, i.e your gown, hood and hat, must be hired or purchased from our official suppliers, Ede and Ravenscroft. Don’t worry, they’ve got helpful guidance on finding your size on their site.

Hire your gown

Deadline for hiring a robe: 30 June 2018. After this date you’ll need to hire a robe on the day – this will cost more and you might get stuck with a gown or hat that doesn’t fit. On the day: please present the unique reference number that’s been emailed to you so staff can find your robe more quickly.

How much does it cost?

These costs may vary and these are for guidance only:

  • Undergraduate - £45.00
  • Postgraduate - £51.00
  • Research - £65.00

What's the dress code?

There’s no dress code for you or your guests but the ceremony is a formal occasion so smart dress is usual. We do have some top tips for graduates:

  • A buttoned shirt/blouse is helpful for securing your hood in position
  • Bring some hair clips to secure your hat
  • There are quite a few steps going up to the stage so it’s good to wear shoes you’re comfortable walking in. (If you have any mobility issues, please contact the Graduation Team for assistance.)
Graduate having their photo taken by a family member.

Photos and DVDs

  • Guests can bring hand held cameras to the ceremony and use them from their seats
  • You can’t bring any recording equipment such as video cameras
  • You can purchase a DVD of your graduation ceremony on the day or order it online. Find out more and order your copy at

Getting professional photos

Ede and Ravenscroft Photography Studios will be taking portraits and family group photos from 8:30am until an hour after the final ceremony finishes.

  • Avoid the queues and pre-order your photographs
  • You can still order on the day but you may have to wait a little
  • Taking a portrait and a family photo? Make sure everyone is there at the same time, ready to go – your pictures can’t be taken at a different times.
  • Your photos will be posted to you 4-6 weeks after the ceremony.
  • If you have any more questions about photography please email: or call: 01223 861 854.