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Academic dress is mandatory at UCL graduation ceremonies and is made up of a robe, hood and hat. The colour and style of these items depend on your qualification and awarding institution. The online order service provides the opportunity to see exactly what you will be wearing once you have provided the relevant details.

It is your responsibility to order your own academic dress. UCL's recommended supplier is J. Wippell & Co Ltd. If students opt to source their own UCL/University of London gowns independently we advise them to check with us that the gowns supplied adhere to UCL/University of London regulations.

Robe hire through J Wippell & Co Ltd is £42.00.

I have not hired my robe yet what shall I do?

The online ordering service closed on 18 August 2014. If you did not contact J Wippell & Co Ltd to hire your robe you will now need to make arrangements on your ceremony day. When services open for your ceremony on the day of your ceremony (7.45am for the 10.45am ceremony, 12noon for the 2.45pm ceremony, 4pm for the 6.45pm ceremony) please make your way to the UCL Information Desk located in the Crush Hall and inform the staff you have not hired robes in advance. They will check you are attending the ceremony and will give you a token so you can go to the robe supplier and hire a robe.

J Wippell & Co Ltd will have a number of robes available to hire on the day. The fee will £42.00. You will need to pay with the correct cash.


The academic dress you wear depends on your qualification and the institution making the award. Although UCL received awarding powers in 2005 there are still some students who will receive a University of London award. You can check your awarding institution on your Portico record.

Regulations for UCL Academic Dress

Illustrated Guide to UCL Academic Dress

Regulations for University of London Academic Dress

Staff Robe Hire (Outside of Graduation Ceremony Period)

If you are a member of academic staff who requires robe hire for an event other than the graduation ceremonies you will need to contact J. Wippell & Co Ltd directly arrange for a private hire by email at or call 01392 254234.

Your UCL Graduation Ceremony


Congratulations! You have or are about to, complete a degree or graduate diploma at UCL.

Your graduation ceremony is a celebration of your achievement. It is a time to get together with family, friends and colleagues to acknowledge your success before moving on to the next phase of your career.

The best way to get the most from your day is to plan!

Top Tips

  • Remember your clothes can be seen under your robe so don't forget to wear something smart. You may even want to wear traditional or national dress.
  • You may wish to bring safety pins with you to secure your hood as it can sometimes slip off the shoulders when moving around.