Graduation Ceremonies


What to wear

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Academic dress (robe) is mandatory at all UCL Graduation Ceremonies for students. Please find more information about gowning below.

Regulations and Awarding Bodies

The academic dress (robe) you wear depends on the qualification you are receiving in your graduation ceremony 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 account.


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 the qualification you are receiving in your graduation ceremony and the awarding institution.

J.Wippell & Co. Ltd. is the official gown proviver for UCL Graduation Ceremonies. More information on how to hire a gown will become available in due course. Please ensure that you have registered your attendance before hiring your robe.

    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. 


    Please see below the deadlines for hiring your gown, depending on the ceremony date:

    • June/July ceremonies: Monday 15 June
    • September ceremonies: Monday 17 August