A group of students collecting their gowns in Shirley Hall

Gown hire

The Graduate Gowning Company supplies all the gowns for our ceremonies.

To collect your gown, please go to the Corn Exchange (Medway) or the Cathedral lodge hotel (Canterbury) on the day of your graduation and follow the directions.  

Please bring your booking reference with you to collect the gown.  To avoid crowding only the graduands are allowed into the gowning room.

Gown return will close at 5pm in the Corn Exchange (Medway) and 9.30pm in the Cathedral lodge (Canterbury)

If you did not order your gown by Sunday 18th June, the Graduate Gowning Company may be able to accommodate you on the day but this should not be guaranteed.  Please allow extra time at gowning as you will need to pay on the day.

You need to know:

  • your height
  • your head size (circumference round your head, approximately 2cm above your ears)
  • your faculty (Humanities, Social Sciences or Sciences)
  • your award level (undergraduate, postgraduate)

If the Graduate Gowning Company cannot supply you with a gown, you will not be able to graduate. Similarly, you will not be able to graduate if you use a gown that is not supplied by the Graduate Gowning Company.

Undergraduates

Faculty Bachelor's Degree Undergraduate Master's Degree
Division of Arts & Humanities You will wear a black gown, a hood with a grey outer section and yellow inner section and a black mortar board. You will wear a black gown, a hood with a grey outer section and gold & yellow inner section and a black mortar board.
Division of Natural Sciences You will wear a black gown, a hood with a grey outer section and blue inner section and a black mortar board. You will wear a black gown, a hood with a grey outer section and gold & blue inner section and a black mortar board.  
Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences You will wear a black gown, a hood with a grey outer section and blue inner section and a black mortar board. You will wear a black gown, a hood with a grey outer section and gold & blue inner section and a black mortar board.  
Kent Business School You will wear a black gown, a hood with a grey outer section and grey inner section and a black mortar board. You will wear a black gown, a hood with a grey outer section and gold & grey inner section and a black mortar board.
Division of Human and Social Sciences You will wear a black gown, a hood with a grey outer section and grey inner section and a black mortar board. You will wear a black gown, a hood with a grey outer section and gold & grey inner section and a black mortar board.
Division for the study of Law, Society and Social Justice You will wear a black gown, a hood with a grey outer section and grey inner section and a black mortar board. You will wear a black gown, a hood with a grey outer section and gold & grey inner section and a black mortar board.

Postgraduate

Faculty Master's Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Division of Arts & Humanities You will wear a black gown, a hood with a gold outer section and yellow inner section and a black mortar board. You will wear a black gown with maroon facings, a hood with a maroon outer section and yellow inner section and a Tudor bonnet.
Division of Natural Sciences You will wear a black gown, a hood with a gold outer section and blue inner section and a black mortar board. You will wear a black gown with maroon facings, a hood with a maroon outer section and blue inner section and a Tudor bonnet.
Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences You will wear a black gown, a hood with a gold outer section and blue inner section and a black mortar board. You will wear a black gown with maroon facings, a hood with a maroon outer section and blue inner section and a Tudor bonnet.
Kent Business School You will wear a black gown, a hood with a gold outer section and grey inner section and a black mortar board. You will wear a black gown with maroon facings, a hood with a maroon outer section and grey inner section and a Tudor bonnet.
Division of Human and Social Sciences You will wear a black gown, a hood with a gold outer section and grey inner section and a black mortar board. You will wear a black gown with maroon facings, a hood with a maroon outer section and grey inner section and a Tudor bonnet.
Division for the study of Law, Society and Social Justice You will wear a black gown, a hood with a gold outer section and grey inner section and a black mortar board. You will wear a black gown with maroon facings, a hood with a maroon outer section and grey inner section and a Tudor bonnet.
PG Cert & PG Dip
You will wear a black gown, a hood with a red outer section and a blue inner section and a black mortar board. 
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