What to wear

All graduands attending a ceremony must wear academic dress.

It is your responsibility to order the appropriate academic dress from our official gown supplier, Ede and Ravenscroft.

You must order your robes by 6 March if you are attending a ceremony in April and by the 26 June if you are attending a ceremony in July.

Academic dress robes

The University recommends that gowns should only be hired from Ede and Ravenscroft as they are our approved graduation partner and will provide you with the appropriate academic dress. If you arrive on the day in incorrect academic dress you may not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.

Should you have any problems with hiring your robes, please contact Ede & Ravenscroft directly on 01223 861854 (open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday).

The fee for robe hire if hired online is approximately £45 for undergraduate outfit, £51 for a Masters degree outfit and £58 for a Research degree outfit. If you order over the telephone, there is an additional £5 cost for this.

Please make every effort to book your robes in advance. If you are unable to do so, you will need to bring the hire fee in cash on graduation day and queue in the robing room where the robe company will do their best to fit you. It is likely that an additional charge to the standard fee will be payable for robes not ordered in advance, and there is no guarantee that the correct robes will be available to hire on the day.

Before you book

Before you start, make sure you know your head circumference (measure the circumference of your head 2.5cm above your eyebrows), chest and height measurements and have your credit/debit card details to hand.

Print out your order form confirmation and take it with you when you collect your outfit on the day of the ceremony.

Gown colours

Gowns for University of Surrey degrees are black with the exception of Doctorate awards, which are cardinal red. All hoods incorporate a rich, royal blue damask lining with a ribbon trim according to the type of degree.

Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate hoods have a rich, royal blue damask lining with a white trim.

Foundation Degree and Graduate Certificate hoods have a 25mm band of blue brocade rebated 25mm from the edge.

Diploma of Higher Education hoods have a 25mm band of blue brocade trimmed with a 15mm white ribbon.

SubjectTrim colour
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Master of Arts (MA)


Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


Master of Business (MBus)Ruby
Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)
Master of Engineering (MEng)
Doctor of Engineering (EngD)


Master of Fine Arts (MFA)Strawberry red
Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Master of Laws (LLM)


Doctor of Medicine (MD)Burnt orange
Bachelor of Music (BMus)
Master of Music (MMus)

White brocade
White brocade

Clinical Practice (DClinPrac)Turquoise
Master of Research (MRes)Apricot
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVMSci)Pale yellow
Master of Chemistry (MChem)
Master of Computing (MComp)
Master of Mathematics (MMath)
Master of Science (MSci) UG 
Master of Physics (MPhys)
Doctor of Psychology (PsychD)

Pale blue
Pale blue
Pale blue
Pale blue
Pale blue
Pale blue

Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Master of Science (MSc)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

No trim
No trim
No trim

What to wear underneath your robe

Graduation is a formal occasion, and we recommend that you wear a suit or similar formal outfit for your ceremony. Graduands are very welcome to wear national dress. Members of the armed forces may wear the appropriate uniform, and members of religious orders their normal mode of dress.

Please be aware that jeans, hoodies, trainers, flip flops and short skirts are not appropriate for the occasion.


You will have to walk to the front of the Cathedral and back during the ceremony and there are some steps you will need to climb to get on and off the platform. We therefore recommend that you wear suitable footwear.

Please note: The University reserves the right to refuse to allow a student to graduate in person. If you are deemed to be unsuitably dressed (including failure to wear academic dress), your name may not be called out and you may not be permitted to take part in the ceremony.