A group of students collecting their gowns in Shirley Hall

Gown hire

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

To book your gown, please visit the Graduate Gowning Company website once the gown hire booking pages are open for November 2022.

Please note that your 'student reference' is your eight-digit student ID number, this will have been sent to you in your invitation to your celebration or graduation ceremony. 

You also 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 you do not order your gown before the deadline, the Graduate Gowning Company may be able to accommodate you on the day but this should not be guaranteed.

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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