Graduation gowns

Academic Dress
J Wippell and Company are the official gown suppliers for the University of Plymouth. All gowns should either be hired or purchased from J Wippell and Company and not from any other supplier.

Book your graduation gown:

Telephone: +44 1392 254234

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What is academic dress?
Full and appropriate academic dress comprising gown, hood and hat (normally a mortar board) must be worn by graduands. Graduands cannot be presented at the ceremony unless appropriately gowned.

University of Plymouth gowns and hats are a terracotta colour for Research/Doctorate degrees and black for all other awards. Hoods are terracotta, dark blue and black.

Smart attire
The ceremonies are formal occasions and we recommend that candidates should dress smartly. We welcome national dress for international students and military uniforms are also acceptable. Jeans, T-shirts and other casual attire are not considered appropriate for graduation ceremonies.

Booking your gown
Please ensure that you book academic dress in advance of your graduation. You are strongly advised to order your academic dress as soon as possible and at least 21 days prior to your ceremony.

Prior to ordering, make sure you know your head circumference, chest and height measurements and have your credit/debit card details available.

Buttons, pins and hats
Clothing with buttons down the front is useful when securing the loop on the hood. The hood should lie at the edge of your shoulder and not be wrapped around your arms like a shawl. You may find it useful to take safety pins to hold your hood in place. Hats are to be worn throughout the ceremony.

In order speed up the collection of your gown, print out your order confirmation and take it with you when you collect your robes on the day of your ceremony.

Returning your gown

Gowns should be returned to the J Wippell representative on the same day.