Academic dress is required for graduation ceremonies.
It is your responsibility to obtain the appropriate academic dress from our suppliers. The University of Sussex supplier for academic dress at the Graduation Ceremonies is Ede & Ravenscroft Limited.
When ordering your gown online from Ede & Ravenscroft Limited (select ‘My Graduation’), please print your order confirmation and bring this along with you on the day. This form confirms your order number and hire reference number.
You can also order by telephone on 01223 861854. Opening hours are 09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday.
Facilities for the deaf and hard-of-hearing or those with speech impairment are available using a text phone. Dial 1800 101223 861854 to access the RNID Typetalk system.
International students should either order online or call the Ede & Ravenscroft information line for details of how to order (24 hr line) on +44(0)1223 440949.
All gown orders made by telephone will be followed up by a confirmation card sent via the post. Please bring this with you on the day.
Please note that academic gowns should be ordered from Ede & Ravenscroft Limited, at least three weeks before your Ceremony. The website will close on 18 June 2013.
What to wear - Graduands
The correct form of dress to accompany an academic gown is for men, a dark suit or smart dark trousers, collar and tie with smart shoes. For women, a dark suit, skirt or trousers with a white blouse, or a dark dress with smart shoes. Alternatively national dress may be worn with the academic gown.
Please note, the University reserves the right to refuse to allow a student to graduate in person. If, in the opinion of senior management, inappropriate clothing is being worn, which (in their opinion) may offend other graduands and guests (eg beach wear).
What to wear - Guests
Graduation Ceremonies are formal events. We recommend, therefore, that you wear smart dress; trainers, denim or casual wear are not appropriate. We also welcome those who wish to wear traditional or national dress with their gown.
All Sussex undergraduates wear black gowns with dark red silk hoods, with a black mortarboard, at graduation.
Master’s students wear a black gown with grey silk hoods, with a black mortarboard.
All BSMS students wear black gowns with light green and light blue silk hoods with a block mortarboard.
The Doctoral students wear red gowns with red hoods bound with blue satin, along with a black cloth Tudor bonnet with cord and tassels in red.
Where do I collect my gown on the day?
Remember to bring your gown hire receipt and collect your gown from:
- Corn Exchange (Part of the Dome complex) you will be directed to the location to collect your gown after you collect your tickets on the day.
As the robing area can get busy, we recommend that you collect your gown as soon as you arrive and have collected your tickets.