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Academic dress hire and dress code

Throughout the ceremony, and when crossing the graduation stage, all graduands must wear a University of Stirling academic gown and hood appropriate to the award to be conferred. 

  • What is the dress code?

    Graduation ceremonies are a formal, ceremonial occasion and an important milestone in your life. All graduands must wear a University of Stirling academic gown and hood along with smart, formal clothing. Many graduands wear the national dress of their country.

    It is useful to wear a shirt/top with buttons so that you can secure the hood to your clothing. You could also bring safety pins to help secure your hood to your gown.

    You do not need to wear black or white clothing.

  • How do I order my academic dress?

    Your gown and hood should be ordered through Ede and Ravenscroft. If you order online you'll receive a £5 discount.

    • Before you start, make sure you know your chest and height measurements and have your credit/debit card details available
    • If you do not have access to a computer, you can hire or buy your outfit from Ede and Ravenscroft's call centre on 01223 861854. It's open from 9am–5pm Monday to Friday. Please note that you will not receive the online discount if you order via the call centre.
      Calls may be monitored for staff training. Facilities for the deaf and hard of hearing or those with a speech impairment are available using your Textphone. Dial 1800 1 01223 861854 to access the RNID Typetalk system.
    • Print out the order confirmation and take it with you when you collect your outfit on the day of your ceremony so we can process your order quickly.

    Terms and conditions including cancellation policy are available on the Ede & Ravenscroft website or from their call centre.

  • When should I order my academic dress?

    Book early to be sure of your order!

    Ede and Ravenscroft cannot guarantee to supply you with an outfit if you leave your booking later than 14 days before your ceremony. However, you can still try to place an order through their website or call centre after this date. They take a limited spare stock to the ceremony, but this is charged at a premium rate on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • How do I know which gown and hood to choose?

    See below for a list of Academic gowns and hoods.  Academic dress relates to the qualification you will be awarded (e.g. BA, MSc, PGCert) rather than your specific subject. For example:

    • If your award is for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, then order the Bachelor of Science gown and hood
    • If your award is for the Master of Science in International Business, then order the Master of Science gown and hood

Gowns and hoods

Doctor of the University (Honorary)
Gown: Dove grey with square loose collar and long sleeves – facings and edging on collar of powder blue
Hood: Full shape, malachite green lined with powder blue

Master of Arts (Honorary)
Gown: Black, Masters style with facing of medici crimson
Hood: Full shape, black body lined with medici crimson

Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.)
Gown: Dove grey, Masters style with violet facings
Hood: Full shape, dove grey body lined with violet

Doctor of Science (D.Sc.)
Gown: Dove grey, Masters style with crocus facings 
Hood: Full shape, dove grey body lined with crocus

Doctor of Applied Social Research (D.A.S.R.)
Gown: Black, Masters style with dove grey facings 
Hood: Edinburgh shape, dove grey body lined with crocus

Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
Gown: Black, Masters style with dove grey facings 
Hood: Edinburgh shape, grey body lined with maroon

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Gown: Black, Masters style with dove grey facings
Hood: Edinburgh shape, dove grey lined with azure blue

Doctor of Midwifery and Doctor of Nursing (D.M. and D.N.)
Gown Black, Masters style with dove grey facings 
Hood: Edinburgh shape, grey body lined with dove grey and edged with azure blue

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Gown: Black, Masters style with dove grey facings 
Hood: Edinburgh shape, dove grey lined with malachite green

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Gown: Black, Masters style
Hood: Edinburgh shape, black body lined with maroon and bordered with fur

Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Gown: Black, Masters style
Hood: Edinburgh shape, black body lined with bunting azure blue and bordered with fur

Master of Laws (L.L.M.)
Gown: Black, Masters style
Hood: Edinburgh shape, black body lined with dove grey, edged with maroon and bordered with white fur

Master of Letters (M.Litt.)
Gown: Black, Masters style
Hood: Edinburgh shape, black body lined with malachite green, edged with stone white ribbon and bordered with fur

Master of Midwifery and Master of Nursing (M.M. and M.N.)
Gown: Black, Masters style
Hood: Edinburgh shape, black body lined with dove grey, edged with azure blue and bordered with white fur

Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.)
Gown: Black, Masters style
Hood: Edinburgh shape, black body lined with stone white, edged with malachite green ribbon and bordered with fur

Master of Research (M.Res.)
Gown: Black, Masters style
Hood: Edinburgh shape, black body lined with malachite green, edged with dove grey and bordered with white fur

Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Gown: Black, Masters style
Hood: Edinburgh shape, black body lined with malachite green and bordered with fur

Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate (PG Dip. and PG Cert.)
Gown: Black, Masters style
Hood: Edinburgh shape, black body edged with dove grey

Bachelor of Accountancy (B.Acc.)
Gown: Black, Masters style
Hood: Edinburgh shape, black body lined with calamine blue

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Gown: Black, Masters style
Hood: Edinburgh shape, black body lined with dove grey

Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.)
Gown: Black, Masters style
Hood: Edinburgh shape, black body lined with dove grey and edged with maroon

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Gown: Black, Masters style
Hood: Black body lined with dove grey and edged with malachite green ribbon

Undergraduate Diploma/Certificate (UG Dip. and UG Cert.)
Gown: Black, Masters style
Hood: Edinburgh shape, black body edged with azure blue

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