Hire online or by post
Gown Hire bookings are open between Monday 9 October and Friday 17 November. You can book now via the Grays of Durham website.
Gowns will be available to collect from The Boiler House, King's Road on the day of your ceremony and must be returned by 19:30 on the same day.
|Your Ceremony Time:||Collect your Gown from:|
|12:00, 14:00, 16:00||09:30 onwards|
Hire is for one day and charges are as follows:
- non-degree qualifications (diplomas and certificates) = £40
- undergraduate degrees = £40
- postgraduate master's degrees = £45
- doctorates = £50
No mortar board
Most academic dress at Newcastle University does not include a mortar board, by tradition.
The story goes that when Newcastle became an independent university in 1963, students celebrated freedom by throwing their traditional hats into the River Tyne.
Since then, Newcastle University academic dress has not included a mortar board.
If you wish to wear a mortar board while you are having your official photographs taken, the photographers will be able to provide you with one.
Buying academic dress
If you wish to purchase academic dress (rather than hiring it), please contact Gray & Son Robemakers directly.
Prices start at £212 for academic dress for a Bachelor's degree. The contact details for the robemakers are as follows:
Gray & Son Robemakers (Durham) Limited
Address: 4 Neville Street, Durham, DH1 4EY
Tel: 0191 386 4168
Fax: 0191 386 0689
What should I wear for my ceremony?
Although the Congregation ceremonies represent a chance to celebrate your achievements, they are also traditional formal events. You are encouraged to dress accordingly.
We advise candidates to wear a light coloured shirt or blouse with dark trousers or a skirt.
A buttoned shirt or blouse is recommended as there is a loop on the academic hood which can be affixed over a button.
Alternatively, you may wish to bring a safety pin to help hold the hood in place.
Traditional and national dress is encouraged. All attendees are also advised to dress in a manner appropriate to the weather, noting that there may be queues outside the Congregations venues.