Gown Hire

Newcastle University Gowns

All candidates must wear the Newcastle University academic dress (gown) for their congregation ceremony, which can be either bought or hired from the University Robemakers, Gray & Son of Durham.

The link to order Academic Dress for the Summer 2017 Congregations will appear on this page in March 2017.

Gowns will be available to collect from the Lower Floor of the King's Road Centre from 8.00am on the day of your ceremony and must be returned by 7.30pm on the same day.

Hire is for one day (8.00am - 7.30pm) and charges are as follows:

  • Non-degree qualifications (Diplomas and Certificates) = £40
  • Undergraduate Degrees = £40
  • Postgraduate Masters Degrees = £45
  • Doctorates = £50

Most academic dress at Newcastle University does not include a mortar board, by tradition. If you wish to wear a mortar board whilst you are having your official photographs taken, the photographers will be able to provide you with one.

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
E-mail: grayandson@btconnect.com

What should I wear for my ceremony?

Although the Congregation Ceremonies represent a chance to celebrate your achievements, they are also traditional formal events and therefore 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.