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Ceremonies Unit


Graduands must wear graduation robes (gown and hood for the award) at Congregation. Robes should be hired for the ceremony from Gray & Son Robemakers and will be available to collect from the Undercroft at University College (Castle) on the day of the ceremony and must be returned to this location on the same day by 5:30 pm on Thursday and 2:30 pm on Friday.

Order Robes

Students are required to order robes for Winter Congregation 2018 online by 3 January and print the robe order confirmation email and bring this on the day. If you have not yet ordered your robes please contact Gray and Son Robemakers as soon as possible:

Robe regulation and design

Graduands attending Congregation must wear the correct robes (gown and hood) appropriate to the programme of study in accordance with University Regulations. Details on the colour and design of academic dress is described in the University Calendar. Please note artificial fur is used on all hoods. Mortar boards are not part of Durham University's academic dress although some will be available for use at the photography studios.

Please note: Gray & Son Robemakers are the official gown and hood suppliers for our ceremonies, offering excellent quality and service. We can not guarantee the correct robes or the same quality from any other suppliers.

What to wear

Graduands are recommended to wear smart clothing beneath robes, either skirts or trousers are acceptable. Clothing with buttons down the front, such as blouses and shirts, are highly recommended to secure the hood which drapes over the shoulders. Graduands are advised to wear appropriate footwear to process across cobblestones and walk up and down 2 steps at the stage during the ceremony and are advised to dress warmly as they will be outside at certain times of the day and it can be cold inside the Cathedral.


Graduands are advised to keep personal belongings to a minimum, which should be left with your guests prior to the ceremony.

Please do not bring any large handbags/rucksacks or luggage as they are not permitted into the Cathedral and cannot be left unattended. You may be subjected to a bag search on entry to the Cathedral.

Purchase of Robes

Graduands wishing to purchase robes are advised to contact Gray & Son Robemakers (Durham) Ltd.