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It's about what you wear

Hiring your gown

The Graduation Ceremony is a celebration of your achievements but also a formal occasion, so you need to wear the appropriate gown and hood.

Arrangements have been made for the hire of academic dress from Ede & Ravenscroft, BU’s official robe makers, and you should order your robes online directly from them no later than 3 weeks prior to the ceremonies.

When booking your gown please have the following details ready:

  • Height
  • Hat size (circumference of your head taken just above your ears)
  • Chest/bust measurements
  • Qualification
  • Date and time of your ceremony.

Collecting your academic dress

The academic dress will be delivered to the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) and you should allow ample time before the ceremony to collect it. Further details will be available in the summer.

Academic dress

The varying colours of the gowns and hoods (and more subtle variations in their style and cut) indicate the award (diploma, bachelor, master or doctor), the university presenting the award and the faculty or subject. Further colour and splendour is brought to the occasion by the gold trimmed gowns and hats of the senior University officers: the Pro-Chancellors, the Vice-Chancellor and the Chancellor.

Details of our academic dress

BA, BEng, BSc, LLB

Gown: Plain black gown in traditional style
Hood: Full shape as Cambridge in University blue, part lined in University gold and top edge trimmed white
Hat: Black mortar board

FDa/FDsc, HND, HNC, DipHE, CertHE

Gown: Plain black gown in traditional style
Hood: Modified Aberdeen shape with University blue outer, fully lined black with white tipping
Hat: Black mortar board

PhD

Gown: Blue Panama Gown with gold facings and sleeve linings
Hood: Full shape gold silk, edged white inside and out 1" all round
Hat: Black cloth Tudor Bonnet with gold tassel

MSc, MA, LLM, MPhil

Gown: Plain black gown with long hanging sleeves in traditional style
Hood: Full shape as Cambridge in University blue, fully lined gold and top edge trimmed white
Hat: Black mortar board

PGDip, PGCert

Gown: Plain black gown in traditional style
Hood: Full shape as Cambridge in University blue, fully lined gold and top edge trimmed white
Hat: Black mortar board