Gown hire and dress code

Gown hire

Gowns may be ordered online (no later than 10 days before a degree ceremony) from Ede & Ravenscroft or Ryder & Amies via the following links:

(N.B. gowns ordered from Ede & Ravenscroft for the MA ceremony (only) in February, will be delivered to Queens' College ready for you to collect on the morning of your congregation. Ryder & Amies will provide you with their own collection point details.

Gowns ordered for any other congregation will be available for collection from a designated collection point in the town centre. Details will be provided to you by Ede & Ravenscroft or Ryder & Amies on submission of your order.

Dress code for your Degree Ceremony 

If you are a Cambridge graduate, you must wear the gown and hood of the highest degree which you have already received from this University. You must not mix gowns and hoods of different degrees. You may not wear your undergraduate gown. You may not wear the academic dress of any other university.

If you are a graduate of another University, aged 24 or over, and are being admitted to a Cambridge postgraduate degree you should wear an MA status gown and the hood of the degree you are due to receive. If you are a graduate of another university and under 24, you should wear a BA status gown and the hood of the degree you are due to receive.

You may order your gown from Ede & Ravenscroft or Ryder & Amies via the above links, or you may choose to make alternative arrangements but you risk not being admitted to your degree if your arrangements are incorrect.

Prior to leaving the college the Praelector will check your academic dress conforms to the requirements. Incorrect or inappropriately dressed candidates will not be permitted to receive their degree. Please ensure that your clothes, shoes and socks are black or very dark and that you have the correct gown and hood, and take particular note of the following details of strict dress requirements:

For men

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.

For women

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

Military dress and national dress are NOT permitted. Clerical dress (a black cassock) may be worn instead of a suit by those suitably qualified. A male graduand wearing a cassock must also wear a white collar, bow tie and bands. If in doubt about a particular costume, please email the Graduate Administrator here well before the date of the Congregation.

Notes:

I.   Obvious pin-stripes are not permitted.

II.  Heavy jewellery may not be worn, either by men or women. 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, either for men or women.

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.