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 £150
Masters £39.60 £70 £162
PhD £45 £75 £192


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 available for collection in advance of the ceremony from the Spinnaker Sports Centre. There will be staff from Graduation Attire on campus during the in person ceremonies to provide advice and guidance on how to wear your gown. A returns point will be available on campus for you to drop your academic dress off after the ceremony.


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

Booking photography

You can book your photography packages here with Marston Photography

You can pre-book your photography packages online and this will save you time on the day. If you do not pre-book, please come along with your family/guests to the studios which will be located in the St Paul's Gym. You can choose your packages on the day or simply pay a £15 studio session and decide later.

Within 3–5 days of your ceremony you will be emailed with a link to view and order your images; please complete orders online within a further 7 days as this will assist us in printing and dispatching orders as soon as possible.