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Graduation Robes

Graduands in robes entering Durham Cathedral

Graduands must wear graduation robes (academic gown and hood for the award) at Congregation. These can be hired from our long-standing local supplier Gray & Son Robemakers and be returned on the same day.

How to order your robes

Order online by 19 June 2024.

Robe regulation and design

Graduands attending Congregation must wear the correct academic 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 walk 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 bags 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 left luggage area in PG28 (next to the Police Office on Palace Green) for graduands and guests to use during the ceremony. This is for large bags or luggage only and belongings are left at owners risk.

Purchase of robes

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

Gray and Son Robemakers (Durham) Ltd

4 Neville Street, Durham, DH1 4EY

Tel: +44 [0] 191 386 4168