Your graduation gown

To make sure you look the part on your graduation day, order your academic dress in plenty of time and pick it up on the day of your ceremony.

So that you can take part in your graduation ceremony, you must wear University of Leeds academic dress. You can hire a gown for the ceremony from our official robe maker Ede and Ravenscroft.

How to hire a gown

When you register to attend your ceremony, you will receive a code at the end of the process by email. You will need this code to order your gown.

You can order your gown from Ede and Ravenscroft online or by phone; it is cheaper to order online.

The deadline to pre-order your gown is the 24 June. However, if you miss the deadline, you may be able to hire a gown on the day of your ceremony, but there is no guarantee of availability and the cost is more expensive. We strongly advise you to order your gown in advance.    

Contact Ede and Ravenscroft

  • Online: www.gownhire.co.uk/
  • UK Tel: 01223 861854 (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday)
  • RNID Typetalk: 18001 01223 861854
  • International (24 hours):  +44 (0) 1223 440949

Collecting your gown

Please collect your gown from the Student Union Building. We recommend you arrive 90 minutes before your ceremony start time. You can then return your gown to the same place after the ceremony.

What to wear under your gown

Graduation ceremonies are formal occasions, so please dress smartly. We recommend that men wear a dark suit or shirt and trousers, and women wear a smart dress or a blouse with a skirt or trousers.

You will need to secure the hood of your gown to your top. If your top isn't a button-down style you may require safety pins.

Gown hire costs

All undergraduate awards (excludes integrated masters)

  • Online order: £45
  • On the day: £55

All postgraduate awards (includes integrated masters)

  • Online order: £51
  • On the day: £60

All doctoral awards

  • Online order: £58
  • On the day: £65

Understanding academic dress

Wearing academic dress is an important part of what makes graduation such a memorable and colourful event.

Mortarboards

Mortarboards are not part of University of Leeds academic dress. However, Ede and Ravenscroft provide them for their official studio photos. You will be able to find Ede and Ravenscroft in the Leeds University Union Building throughout the entire ceremony period.

Bachelor's degrees

University of Leeds graduates of all subjects wear a black gown and no cap. The only variation is in the colour of the gown hood.

Hoods

  • Bachelor of Arts: dark green
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery: dark green lined with middle green
  • Bachelor of Design: middle green lined with light green
  • Bachelor of Engineering: middle green lined with dark green
  • Bachelor of Health Science: middle green with a one-inch band of light green laid on the outside
  • Bachelor of Laws: light green
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery: dark green lined with light green
  • Bachelor of Music: dark green with a one-inch band of white silk laid on the outside
  • Bachelor of Science: middle green.

Master’s degrees

University of Leeds graduates of all subjects wear a black gown and no cap. The only variation is in the colour of the gown hood.

Hoods

  • Master of Arts: dark green with white lining
  • Master of Business Administration: light green with white lining and edged with dark green
  • Master of Business Studies: dark green with white lining
  • Master of Child Forensic Studies: dark green with white lining and band with one inch of light green laid on the white silk
  • Master of Dental Science: dark green with white lining and band with one inch of dark green laid on the white silk
  • Master of Dental Surgery: dark green with white lining and edged with middle green
  • Master of Education: dark green with white lining and band and with one inch of middle green laid on white silk
  • Master of Health Science: middle green with white lining and band with one inch of light green laid on the white silk
  • Master of Laws: light green with white lining
  • Master of Medical Science: dark green with white lining and band with one inch of light green laid on the white silk
  • Master of Midwifery: middle green with white lining and band with one inch of light green laid on the white silk
  • Master of Music: dark green with white lining with a one inch band of white silk laid on the outside
  • Master of Philosophy: black on silk lined with middle green and with narrow binding of scarlet to the hood
  • Master of Psychoanalytic Observational Studies: dark green lined with light green with a one inch band of white silk on the light green
  • Master of Psychotherapy: dark green lined with light green with a one inch band of white silk on the light green
  • Master of Public Health: dark green lined with light green with one inch band of dark green laid on the light green
  • Master of Science: middle green with white lining
  • Master of Science (Engineering): middle green with white lining and band and with one inch of dark green laid on white silk
  • Master of Research: same as the taught master’s degree from the appropriate faculty
  • Master of Surgery: dark green with white lining and edged with light green.

Doctorates

Professional doctorates (not Doctors of Clinical Psychology or Education)

  • Hood: green lined with white with narrow bindings of scarlet
  • Gown: green with sleeve linings of green and facings of green bound with scarlet
  • Cap: black velvet

Doctor of Clinical Psychology

  • Hood: green lined with scarlet with dark green bindings
  • Gown: green with sleeve linings of green and facings of green bound with scarlet
  • Cap: black velvet

Doctor of Education

  • Hood: green lined with white with narrow binding of white
  • Gown: green with sleeve linings of green and facings of green bound with scarlet
  • Cap: black velvet

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Hood: green lined with green with narrow binding of scarlet
  • Gown: green with sleeve linings of green and facings of green bound with scarlet
  • Cap: black velvet

Doctor of Dental Science

  • Hood: scarlet lined with dark green and with middle green bindings
  • Gown: scarlet with sleeve linings of dark green and facings of middle green
  • Cap: black velvet

Doctor of Divinity

  • Hood: scarlet lined with dark green and with white bindings
  • Gown: scarlet with sleeve linings of dark green and facings of white
  • Cap: black velvet

Doctor of Letters/Laws/Science/Science (Engineering)

  • Hood: scarlet lined with green of the shade appropriate to the faculty
  • Gown: scarlet with facings and sleeve linings of the shade of green appropriate to the faculty
  • Cap: black velvet with a gold cord and a lining of the shade of green appropriate to the faculty

Doctor of Music

  • Hood: scarlet lined with dark green and having a one-inch band of white watered silk laid on the green one inch from the edge
  • Gown: scarlet with sleeve linings and facings of dark green with a one-inch band of white watered silk laid on the green one inch from the outside edge
  • Cap: black velvet with a gold cord and a lining of the shade of green appropriate to the faculty