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Graduation dayAcademic dress and gown hire | Guide to the University of Leeds academic dress

All students who participate in the degree ceremonies must wear the academic dress of the University of Leeds. Ede and Ravenscroft is our official robe maker.

Guide to University of Leeds academic dress

Hiring a gown

You must first register your attendance for a degree ceremony. You will need the code you are given at the end of the registration process when you hire your gown.

Order your gown from Ede and Ravenscroft, either online or by phone. It is cheaper to order online – see Cost of gown hire.

There is a deadline for ordering your academic dress in advance. If you miss the deadline, you can hire a gown on the day. This costs more and there is no guarantee of availability, so we strongly advise you to order in advance.

Ede and Ravenscroft contact details


01223 861854 (09:00-17:00, Monday-Friday)
18001 01223 861854 (RNID Typetalk)
+44 (0) 1223 440949 (24hr line for overseas students)

Cost of gown hire




On the day

All undergraduate awards
(excluding Integrated Masters)




All postgraduate awards
(including Integrated Masters)




All doctors’ degrees




Collecting your gown

Collect your gown from the Leeds University Union Building at least 90 minutes before the ceremony start time. Return your gown to the same place after the ceremony.

What to wear under your gown

Degree ceremonies are formal occasions, so you should dress smartly.

We recommend that men wear a dark suit or shirt and trousers, and women wear a smart dress, or skirt/trousers with a blouse.

The hood of your gown will need to be secured to your top: this will need to be done with pins if your top isn’t a button-down style.


Academic dress and gown hire | Guide to the University of Leeds academic dress

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