Gown hire and collection

Gowns should be hired from Ede & Ravenscroft, and it will not be possible for you to graduate without the correct gown and hood. Images of the regulation University of Bristol gowns are available at Gowns - all degrees (PDF, 384kB)‌.  

The deadline for ordering your gown in advance is Thursday 31 January 2019.  

How much will my gown cost to hire?

A list of charges for gown hire from Ede & Ravenscroft is available‌ at Gown and photography charges February 2019 (PDF, 196kB).

Do I need to order a hat?

Hats are not worn at the graduation ceremonies unless you are being awarded a Higher Doctorate, i.e. DEng, DLitt, DMus, DSc and LLD, so you are not required to order a hat for the ceremony for any other award.  Hats can be provided by the photography company for use in official photographs.

What should I wear on the day?

It is important that you feel comfortable in the clothes you choose to wear, but it may help you to know that most people decide to wear something smart that reflects that this is a special and more formal occasion. 

For guidance, we can advise that a combination of black and white clothing works well with our gowns, although there is no specific colour requirement.

Traditional dress is also acceptable for graduation.

Gown collection

Gowns are available for collection from the Richmond Building, Queen’s Road on the day of your graduation ceremony.  See Timetable for the day for information on gown collection and return times.

Gown return

Gowns will need to be returned by the end of the day on the date of your ceremony, either at the Richmond Building or the drop-off point at the Wills Memorial Building.  See Timetable for the day as above.

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