Academic Dress and Robe Hire

Academic Dress and Robe Hire 

Students must wear the appropriate academic dress (gown, hat and hood) in order to graduate. You must hire or purchase these directly from the official robe makers, Ede and Ravenscroft.

To order your academic dress please book online when registering your attendance at

When ordering, please be prepared with details of your head circumference, chest and height measurements, your course/award information (e.g. BA (Hons) English) and your credit/debit card details.

If you cannot immediately afford to pay for your gown please do not delay registering. You can add your gown to your order later but you cannot attend if you have not registered by the deadline. There are limited gowns available on the day available to hire but these are available on a first come first served basis and cannot be guaranteed and without a gown you will not be permitted to attend the ceremony.

All graduating students are requested to dress formally i.e. dress/skirt/suit for ladies and trousers/suit, shirt and tie for men. Please note it is advisable to wear a button fronted top/shirt so that your gown can be fastened to it. National or Cultural dress is also welcomed. Please remember that you will need to walk between the different areas on campus and to and from King George’s Hall. During the ceremony at King George’s Hall you will need to go up and down steps to the stage when collecting your award therefore suitable clothing and footwear are recommended.

Your graduation robes will be available for you to collect on the day of the ceremony from the Sports Hall 1 in the Sports and Leisure Centre. [see map]

Robe collection times:

  • 11.30am ceremony – 8.30am to 10.30am
  • 2.30pm ceremony – 11.30am to 1.30pm

There will be a lot of students graduating on the day so you must stick to the allotted time for your ceremony.

Please ensure you have details of the order number issued to you by Ede and Ravenscroft in order to collect your gown.

Please ensure that you return your entire academic dress to the University Centre after your ceremony.

Ede and Ravenscroft are the only gown hire company recommended by University Centre at Blackburn College. Please be aware that University Centre at Blackburn College does not endorse any other gown hire providers. If you choose to hire your gown from another company this is entirely at your own risk and please be aware that they may not have the correct hood.