Dress Code

Dress Code for General Admission

Full details about the dress code.

The University’s academical dress consists of a gown and hood, made of a different material or in a different colour to denote either the wearer's existing degree or the degree they are about to receive. It is the responsibility of the graduand to order and collect their own gown and hood as directed by their outfitter. Details of outfitters are as follows:

Ede & Ravenscroft
70-72 Trumpington Street
www.gownhire.co.uk 01223 861854 or 01223 350048

Ryder & Amies
22 King’s Parade
www.ryderamies.co.uk 01223 350371

Please note, if you are ordering from Ede & Ravenscroft, gowns will be delivered to the College. You must order no later than three weeks prior to the ceremony. If you are ordering from another outfitter, it is your responsibility to collect your own gown and hood as directed by them.

It is essential that all graduands wear the correct academical dress when they are presented for a degree at Congregation. Graduands taking their first Cambridge degree wear the appropriate gown (for undergraduates this will be a Homerton undergraduate gown), with the hood of the degree to be taken. The hoods vary in colour to indicate the degree as follows:

Master of Engineering: Black cloth lined with bronze silk
Master of Science: Black corded silk lined with pink silk shot with light blue
Master of Mathematics: Black cloth lined with slate blue silk
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine: Mid-cherry silk with a 5 cm (2 in) edging of white fur
Bachelor of Arts: Black cloth and white fur; the fur used is artificial
Bachelor of Theology for Ministry: Black cloth lined with black silk and white fur; the fur used is artificial

As graduation is a formal occasion, an appropriate standard of dress is expected. The dress code is strictly enforced at the ceremony and if you do not observe it, you may not be allowed to enter the Senate House and therefore not permitted to graduate in person. You are also strongly advised not to leave your booking for your hood and gown to the last minute as outfitters may not be able to guarantee stock. 

Squares (Mortarboards)

These are optional as you cannot wear the square cap in the Senate House. Some may wish to hire one for the photographs, but they must either be carried or left with someone in the Senate House.

National Dress/Military Uniform

National dress and uniform regulations are very strict. Please seek advice via the Tutorial Office in the first instance. However, the decision ultimately rests with the Homerton Praelectors and with University Proctors, and you must give plenty of notice if you wish to seek permission.


There is no dress code for guests, although formal dress is preferred. Cambridge graduates should wear the appropriate gown.