Graduation | Academic Dress

All students attending their graduation ceremony (graduands) are required to wear academic dress (cap, hood and gown).

How to order your academic dress

Once you have confirmed your attendance at your Graduation ceremony, you will receive an email with further details of the University’s supplier of academic dress Ede and Ravenscroft. You are able to hire or buy your academic dress.

You will need to provide Ede and Ravenscroft with your height measurement, your head circumference and the date of your graduation ceremony. Ede and Ravenscroft should hold information on the level of award you are studying and based on this the appropriate academic dress you should wear.

Once you have placed your order you will be send an order confirmation email that you will need to bring with you on the day of the ceremony.

Order lines close around 10 days prior to the ceremony date. Following this, you will only be able to hire academic dress on the day of your ceremony. Please be aware hire on the day will be more expensive, and there is no guarantee that there will be academic dress available.


The cost of hiring academic dress for the day will be approximately £50. There is an additional cost of approximately £20 for an extra weeks hire, after which you must send the gown back to Ede and Ravenscroft. If you order Online you will receive a £5 discount from the price of telephone orders.


Ede and Ravenscroft will provide you with a refund on your order if you are not eligible to graduate. You must submit your claim to them in writing at least 7 days before the ceremony, providing your name, name of the University, date of the ceremony and your reference information.

What to wear

You should wear smart clothes – no shorts or jeans, please. It is recommended that you wear a top or shirt that buttons up as this will help hold your hood in place. A supply of safety pins is also handy.

Where to collect and return

You will collect your academic dress on the day of your ceremony. Subject to successful completion at any forthcoming assessments and receiving your award at the Assessment Board you will be sent further details of where to collect your academic dress via email approximately 7 days prior to your ceremony date. Academic dress must be returned to the gowning room on the same day of your ceremony. If you have paid to extend your hire with Ede and Ravenscroft you will need to return the academic dress back to them. Please note the University cannot take receipt of any academic dress following the graduation ceremonies.

Colours of gown and hood – USW Awards

University of South Wales Academic Dress