Gown Hire

Newcastle University GownsThe deadline for booking your gown online via Gray and Sons Robemakers' website has now passed.

However, you may still pay by cash or cheque by completing the Gown Hire form and returning it to Grays either by email, post, or by hand (see address on form) until Monday 30 November.

After that date, you will not be able to pre-book your gown but you will be able to hire one on the day of your ceremony. However, on-the-day hires can only be paid for by cash - no other method of payment will be accepted.

All candidates must wear the Newcastle University academic dress (gown) for their ceremony, which can be either bought or hired from the University Robemakers, Gray & Son of Durham. If a registered student is unable to cover the cost of Academic Dress hire, they may be eligible for financial assistance.

Gowns will be available to collect from the Students' Union 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

If you wish to purchase a gown please contact Gray & Son Robemakers directly. Prices start at £212 for a Bachelors degree.

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.

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?

There is no dress code for the ceremonies (apart from the wearing of academic dress, which is compulsory for all candidates) but, as a guide, 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 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. However, please note that this is purely advice, and you do not need to follow it. Candidates and their guests usually dress smartly. All attendees are advised to dress in a manner appropriate to the weather, noting that there may be queues outside the Civic Centre.