Graduation Ceremonies


What to wear

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Academic dress (robe) is mandatory at all UCL Graduation Ceremonies for Students and Academic Staff who are part of the academic procession.

Regulations and Awarding Bodies

The academic dress (robes) 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.


Academic dress (robes) is mandatory at UCL Graduation Ceremonies and is made up of a robe, hood and hat.  The colour and style of these items is dependent on your qualification and awarding institution.

Students can hire their academic dress through this link. Please ensure that you have registered your attendance before hiring your robe.

Academic Staff

For academic dress (robe) hire outside of the UCL Graduation Ceremonies period please contact J. Wippell & Co Ltd directly.

Clothing on the day

Graduation ceremonies are formal occasions and therefore smart dress is appropriate. Remember your clothes can be seen under your academic dress (robe).  Students are welcome to wear traditional or national dress. Robes are designed to be worn with shirts. You may wish to bring safety pins to secure the robe in place.  
Please wear appropriate footwear for walking up and down the steps. Please note that shorts, denim and trainers are not appropriate attire for a graduation ceremony.