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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. The cost of hiring academic dress (hat, hood and robe) through J. Wippell & Co. Ltd for the 2016 graduation ceremonies will be published here in January 2016. 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.

Graduands invited to apply to attend the 2016 graduation ceremonies will be informed about the robe hire process in the information they receive in January 2016.


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 - This document is being updated currently.

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


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.

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.