Gown Hire

Photo of a graduateThe academic dress proper to the award must be worn by all candidates, and it may be either bought or hired from the University Robemakers, Gray & Son of Durham.

Please reserve your academic dress for your ceremony in advance by completing the paper gown hire form (and returning it to Gray and Son of Durham, not the University) or by filling in the online form at Grays of Durham website, no later than 18 November 2014 (for December 2014 ceremonies). If you do not wish to pay in advance, you may pay on the day of your ceremony, but by cash only. If you intend to pay by cash on the day, please state this on the gown hire form when you return it.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have not booked your academic dress by 18 November 2014, you will still be able to hire academic dress on the day, but you will have to pay by cash.

The hire charges are as follows:

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

The Robemakers will bring all academic dress to the University, and you will be able to collect yours on the day of your ceremony. They will be on campus from 8.00am to 7.30pm on the day of your ceremony. Please ensure that you return your academic dress to the point of collection before the end of the day, because the hire charge is for the day of your ceremony only.

Please note that most academic dress at Newcastle University does not include a mortar board, by tradition. However, 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?

Please note that 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 Armstrong Building.