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Ceremonies Unit


Graduands must wear graduation robes (gown and hood for the award) at Congregation and these must be hired for the ceremony from our offical supplier Gray & Son Robemakers and be returned on the same day.

Order Robes

The deadline for ordering robes for Summer Congregation 2018 was 12 June.

Gray and Son Robemakers (Durham) Ltd

Robe regulation and design

Graduands attending Congregation must wear the correct robe (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.

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 not to bring large bags and 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. There will be a supervised baggage drop in PG28 on Palace Green for graduands and guests to use during the ceremony. Please leave your bags here before collecting robes (graduands) or joining the queue to enter the Cathedral (guests). Please note, although this is a supervised area, baggage is left at owner's risk.

Purchase of Robes

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