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Gown and hood hire

All graduands must wear full academic dress for their ceremony. Gowns should be ordered from the university's approved suppliers before 5pm Monday 6 january 2020. Please see our guidelines on ordering your gown  The number of your gown corresponds with the same number on the William Northams site

Gowns can be collected on the day of your ceremony from the  Sports Hall, QE11 Leisure Centre. Please remember to bring your order confirmation with you. 

Gown collection
Collect robes fromCeremony time
8am 10am
10.30am 2pm
12.30pm 5pm

Unless you have made arrangements to hire your gown for a longer period it should be returned on the day of your ceremony

What should I wear?

Graduands are expected to dress smartly (no jeans and trainers). As the hood is secured with a loop at the front, we advise female graduands to wear a jacket, dress or blouse with buttons. Male graduands can usually secure the hood under a tie. Those dressed inappropriately may not be admitted to the ceremony.

What should my guests wear?

Graduation ceremonies are formal events and guests normally dress in a manner appropriate to a formal occasion such as a wedding

Do I have to wear academic dress?

Yes. You will not be allowed to join the ceremony unless wearing full academic dress ordered from the University official suppliers William Notham

What does my gown and hood look like?

The colour of your gown and hood will depend upon the degree or diploma you have been awarded. Read our information about De Montfort University academic dress.

What if I fail my degree or my circumstances change but I have already ordered my gown?

Students who no longer require their gowns should inform William Northam in writing (Henry Crabb Road, Littleport, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6 1SE) at least seven days before the date of the ceremony to obtain a full refund or to transfer your gown hire to the July 2020 or January 2021 ceremonies.