Congregations

Gown Hire

Gown Hire

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

Hire online or by post

Gown Hire bookings will be open from September 2017 onwards.

Gowns will be available to collect from the Lower Floor of the Hadrian Building (formally known as the King's Road Centre) on the day of your ceremony and must be returned by 19.30 on the same day.

Your Ceremony Time: Collect your Gown from:
09:30 08:00
11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30 09:30 onwards

Hire charges

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
E-mail: grayandson@btconnect.com

Graduates
Our students in their academic dress.

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.