Academic dress can be hired from Ede and Ravenscroft, who supply graduation wear for many of the world’s leading institutions. This will include a gown, mortar board and hood.
It is also possible to purchase academic dress, should you wish to.

Your graduation is a special day that you’ll look back on in years to come; it’s an opportunity to celebrate your success with friends and family and take a moment to reflect how far you’ve come. We recommended all graduates and their guests dress smartly on the day with suits, dresses or national costume. Smart, sensible shoes should also be worn.

Graduates, you may find it helpful to bring some hair clips along on the day – they can help keep your mortar board in place!

When to Place Your Order

We will contact you when booking is open for hiring your academic dress. All academic dress must be booked and paid for no later than 21 days before the day of your graduation ceremony.

Hiring a Gown

Most students choose to hire their academic dress for the day. Hire orders are delivered directly to your graduation venue, allowing you to collect your academic dress before your ceremony. You’ll wear your outfit for the duration of your ceremony and for your photography session if you choose to purchase a photography package.

All academic dress must be returned immediately after the sparkling reception.

Hiring a Gown with Extra Time

While it’s common to hire your gown for just one day, you can opt to hire one for an extra seven days costing an additional £20. This enables you to leave your graduation ceremony with your gown and keep it for one week. 

You will then be required to return the gown to Ede and Ravenscroft in the pre-paid bag provided. Instructions regarding the use of this bag are listed inside the bag and you must get proof of posting. Please be aware that you aren’t allowed to take your academic dress out of the UK.

Purchasing a Gown

If you choose to buy your own gown, your orders will be delivered to your specified delivery address, and not directly to the ceremony. The dispatch time will be stated on your shopping basket when placing your order with Ede and Ravenscroft. Please make sure the date given for delivery is before the date of your graduation ceremony, or travel to your ceremony.

Ordering Online

Academic dress should be hired or purchased online through Ede and Ravenscroft website
To be eligible for the online discount, you need to order your academic dress online before the deadline date (which is 21 days before your graduation ceremony).

Ordering by Phone

Academic dress can be hired or purchased by calling Ede and Ravenscroft on 01223 861854. When placing your order with Ede and Ravenscroft, you will be asked to confirm your STU number, graduation venue and date of the graduation ceremony. 
(Please note that you will not receive a discount if you order over the phone.)

Collecting Your Gown

If you have hired you gown, you will collect this before your ceremony. 

 Costing  Online Order  Phone Order

 HNC, HND, UG

 Certificate and UG

 Diploma

 £45  £50
 Undergraduate Degrees  £45  £50
 Postgraduate Degrees  £51  £56

 

Undergraduate Degree gowns

We have two varieties of UG’s that we will be using due to the size of the ceremony        

The hood is rounded and tipped in Arden green

The tailed hood of this gown is distinguished by the light blue and green edging

graduation gown undergraduate

Postgraduate Degree gowns

The tailed hood is distinguishable by the navy and light blue edging   

graduation gown postgraduate

Photography

Professional photographers from Ede & Ravenscroft will be available to capture your official graduation shots.

Studio photography

You can have your official graduation portraits captured in the photography studio, open approximately two hours before your ceremony starts, until gowns are returned. You can pre-order your official Arden graduation day photography when completing your gown hire with Ede & Ravenscroft. Pre-ordering will save you time and money, but don’t worry if you’re not ready to order yet - you can also purchase your official photographs on the day if necessary.
If you have any questions about photography, check out the Ede and Ravenscroft FAQs page.

Ceremony photographs

Ede & Ravenscroft will also be sitting in on your graduation ceremony to capture the moment you cross the stage. These photographs can be purchased along with your official portraits. You will receive an email from Ede and Ravenscroft approximately three weeks after the ceremony with details on how to purchase your photo. 

Can I take my own photos or video?

Photography and recording are permitted in the venue; however, we ask guests to be considerate of others and not block aisles or exits.

Photography

Professional photographers from Ede & Ravenscroft will be available to capture your official graduation shots.

Studio photography

You can have your official graduation portraits captured in the photography studio, open approximately two hours before your ceremony starts, until gowns are returned.

You can pre-order your official Arden graduation day photography when completing your gown hire with Ede & Ravenscroft. Pre-ordering will save you time and money, but don’t worry if you’re not ready to order yet - you can also purchase your official photographs on the day if necessary.
If you have any questions about photography, check out the Ede and Ravenscroft FAQs page.

Ceremony photographs  

Ede & Ravenscroft will also be sitting in on your graduation ceremony to capture the moment you cross the stage. These photographs can be purchased along with your official portraits. You will receive an email from Ede and Ravenscroft approximately three weeks after the ceremony with details on how to purchase your photo. 

Can I take my own photos or video?

Photography and recording are permitted in the venue; however, we ask guests to be considerate of others and not block aisles or exits.

Image capture statement

We would like to inform you that Arden University graduation ceremonies are photographed, videoed and/or otherwise captured in image form. Images and video content may then be used by Arden University for publicity and promotional purposes, such as prospectuses, advertising campaigns, websites, exhibition stands, posters, leaflets, national or local press articles, etc. It is important to note that if any images are published on the internet, they will be accessible to users from all over the world. It is possible that representatives from the press, television or radio may attend the graduation ceremonies and capture their own images for publication or broadcast purposes. 

Due to the scale of these events, we are unable to obtain written consent from each individual attending or working at the events. Therefore, we will assume that whilst participating in these events all persons agree to their image(s) being captured for the purposes stated above. Click here to view our Privacy Policy. If you do object to your image(s) being used in this way, please make yourself known to one of the organisers on the day or email graduation@arden.ac.uk before you attend.