Academic dress

Academic dress is provided by Ede & Ravenscroft for both graduates and staff members taking part in Oxford Brookes University graduation ceremonies. All graduates of Oxford Brookes University are required to ensure that they wear the correct gown, hat and hood when in full academic dress - please refer to the academic dress regulations below.

All intellectual property rights to Oxford Brookes University academic dress is currently held by Ede & Ravenscroft. Any replication of our gowns, hats or hoods may be an infringement of rights held by Ede & Ravenscroft.

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Dress code

Graduates and staff are required to dress in a manner appropriate to a smart occasion in addition to wearing their gown, hood and mortar board. 


Graduates are encouraged to wear a suit, or jacket and trousers/skirt and a shirt/blouse (with button to enable hood to be secured). Traditional dress is welcomed.

Jeans, shorts, t-shirts, flip-flops and sports attire (including football and rugby shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and trainers/plimsolls) are not permitted. Please note that headwear other than academic, cultural or religious is not permitted.

We reserve the right to exclude any graduates from their ceremony who are considered to be dressed inappropriately.

It is not compulsory for graduates attending an Oxford Brookes University graduation ceremony at our main campus to wear academic dress, however those who wish to do so are required to make their own hire/purchase arrangements. The University's preferred supplier is Ede & Ravenscroft and gowns can be ordered from the Ede & Ravenscroft website.


Staff members attending an Oxford Brookes University graduation ceremony at our main campus are required to advise their Faculty's graduation coordinator and complete the relevant attendance and gown hire forms. The Graduation team will process all academic dress hire on behalf of staff members taking part in platform parties. Staff members taking part in platform parties are required to wear full academic dress including gown, hood and hat.

Staff organising off-site graduation ceremonies are required to advise the Graduation team and will be advised to contact Ede & Ravenscroft to make arrangements for academic dress hire/purchase.

Academic dress regulations

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