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Order your academic dress

As a formal event, all graduates are required to dress smartly and wear academic dress throughout the duration of the ceremony.

Your academic dress - hat, gown and hood - are worn over your normal clothes. Your graduation is a formal academic occasion, so please ensure you dress smartly in accordance with the formality of the occasion.

Ordering your gown

You will need to order your academic dress from Ede and Ravenscroft. Your can either hire or purchase your academic dress.

We have been notified of at least one company falsely claiming to offer a gowning service for the Cardiff University’s graduation ceremonies. Please be aware that Ede & Ravenscroft are our sole suppliers of academic dress for these events.

The deadline for ordering your gown is Friday 19 June 2020.

Selecting the right gown

Ede and Ravenscroft will be able to supply you with the appropriate hat, hood and gown for your graduation ceremony. The colours of your gown and hood depend on the degree you have studied. Your graduation invite will state which gown you need to order.

You will also be able to place an order for your official graduation photograph from Ede and Ravenscroft.

Choosing your hat size

If you are unsure of your hat size, measure the circumference of your head one inch above the eyebrow level and record the measurement in inches or centimetres. You will need this information when placing your order.


You will collect your academic dress from City Hall before your graduation ceremony at St David's Hall.

2020 prices

Daily hire

Guide daily prices for the hiring of academic dress are shown below.

AwardPrice per day
Bachelor (ie, first degrees)£45
All Masters, MPhils, etc£51
All Doctorates£58

Extended hire

You can hire your academic dress for up to seven days, to allow you to take the robes home for extra photograph opportunities.

AwardPrice per day
Bachelors, Masters and MPhils£20
All Doctorates£25

Please ensure that you obtain a pre-paid returns bag when you collect your gown. If you keep your academic dress for longer than seven days you will be liable for an extra charge.

Robes cannot be taken out of the UK.

Confirmation of actual prices, along with terms and conditions of hire, can be found on the Ede and Ravenscoft website.


If you are unable to attend graduation, you can obtain a refund of your gown hire by notifying Ede and Ravenscroft in writing seven days before your ceremony date. They will refund your charge, less £1.50 to cover administrative costs.

The process for claiming a refund can be found on the Ede and Ravenscoft website.