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Academic dress

The wearing of academic dress is a tradition that has persisted since the Middle Ages, when the first universities were founded. The varying colours of the gowns and hoods and more subtle variations in their style and cut, indicate the award (diploma, bachelor, master or doctor), and the awarding university.

Ordering your gown

Graduands are required to wear full academic dress, gown, hood and cap (postgraduates only), which should be hired from Loughborough University's official gown supplier, Ede and Ravenscroft Ltd. This can be done by completing an on-line order form http://www.gownhire.co.uk and you will receive a £5 online discount.

Price (including discount)
Masters (extended UG)
Masters (PG)
PG Diplomas and Certificates
PhDs and Doctorates

If you are currently an undergraduate you will NOT need to hire a hat. It is traditional at Loughborough University that only students who graduate from a postgraduate programme wear hats. During the ceremony, both male and female graduands should carry their hats until they have crossed the stage and then put them on.

Academic gowns have an open front, so you should wear appropriately smart clothing under your academic dress. For comfort and practicality, it is recommended that you wear a button through top or shirt, which will enable you to attach the academic hood to your clothing without pins.


If you are unable to attend your graduation ceremony, for whatever reason, Ede and Ravenscroft will refund your hire payment in full providing they receive your request for a refund TEN days before the date of the ceremony.  Cancellations should be made by logging into the Ede and Ravenscroft website (telephone cancellations are NOT accepted).

Collecting/Returning Gowns

You are required to collect and return your Academic Dress at specific times of the day, please see What happens on the day?.

Colours of Academic Dress

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