Dress Code

Dress Code

Please check very carefully that your dress conforms with the dress code below: this cannot be stressed too highly. You might not be allowed to be presented for your degree if your dress and general appearance do not meet the University's exacting standards. This would be distressing for you and your guests. If you are in any doubt about the suitability of your dress do not hesitate to contact the Praelector, Dr Butterfield, well in advance of the day.

Graduands are not able to take bags or belongings into the Senate House so please ensure that you arrange for your guests to take any of your possessions.

No excuses or special pleading can be accepted on the day itself.

Option 1

A plain black suit, black dinner suit,or very navy blue or very dark grey lounge suit. These must be dark enough not to contrast obviously with a black gown.  Freshly polished black shoes of a sober style (no sandals, boots or trainers; and no buckles, ornamental stitching or other embellishments) and plain black socks, white shirt with white bow-tie and academic bands. No cummerbands.

Or:

Option 2

A black, very dark grey or very dark navy, dress, suit or skirt, or formal full-length trousers with a white or black blouse or white blouse and black cardigan. These must be dark enough not to contrast obviously with a black gown.  Freshly polished black shoes of a sober style (not sandals, open toe shoes,boots or trainers; and no buckles, ornamental stitching or other emebellishments); plain black or flesh coloured tights or stockings (no fishnet or patterned; legs must not be bare). Dresses may have a white collar. The dress, jacket, blouse or cardigan must have long sleeves (i.e. fore-arms must not be bare).

Other Dress Regulations

These are not permitted, except that national dress (e.g., a kilt) might be allowed, but only with special authorisation from the Proctors, which must be sought through the Praelector well in advance, at least by 30 May.  Without this special authorisation, national dress is not permitted.  Clerical dress (a black cassock) may be worn instead of a suit by those suitably qualified.  A graduand wearing a cassock must also wear a white collar, bow tie and bands, or clerical equivalent.  If in doubt about a particular costume, please consult the Praelector well before the date of the Congregation.

Notes:

I.   The term "black" extends to very dark grey or very dark blue, but not to ordinary greys or blues, nor brown of any shade. Obvious pin-stripes are not permitted.

II.  Heavy jewellery may not be worn. No coloured or pendant earrings or bracelets. Facial jewellery through piercings (other than earrings) should be removed.

III. Obtrusively unconventional hair styles are not permitted.

IV.  No head-dress other than a square (academic cap) is permitted, except for religious reasons. The square is entirely optional, and most graduands dispense with it.

If you are an undergraduate taking the B.A. degree only, you must wear your Queens' undergraduate gown and a B.A. hood. If you are taking both B.A. and M.Eng. or both B.A. and M.Sci. or both B.A. and M.Math degrees, you must wear the M.Eng. or M.Sci. or M.Math hood with your Queens' undergraduate gown. If you are a Cambridge graduate, you must wear the gown and hood of the highest degree that you have already received from Cambridge University.  (You must not wear your undergraduate gown, and you must not mix the hood of one degree with the gown of another).  If you are a graduate from another University, aged 24 or over, and are being admitted to a Cambridge postgraduate degree, you must wear an M.A. status gown (i.e., the M.A. gown without strings) and the hood of the degree you are due to receive; if you are under 24 you must wear a B.A. status gown (i.e., the B.A. gown without strings) and the hood of the degree you are due to receive.  You must not wear the academic dress of any other university.  Squares (academic caps) are not compulsory.  If you have one, you may wear it outside the Senate House, but in the Senate House you must carry it in your hand.

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For more information on academic dress please refer to the University website.