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 deadline for pre-ordering academic dress for the December 2016 ceremonies has now passed, but academic dress will be available for hire on the day of the ceremony. If you have not pre-ordered your academic dress, you will be required to pay in cash on the ceremony day; no other means of payment will be accepted.

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?

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 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. 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 Congregations venues.