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Gowns for Kingston University graduation ceremonies

We encourage everyone to wear 'academic dress' (gown, hood and hat) at their graduation ceremony. And no, it's not compulsory, but most graduates dress up on the day.

The type of gown, hood and hat depends on the qualification you're being awarded. See our gown guide (coming soon) to find out more.

Ordering your gown

The Graduate Gowning company (GGC) supplies all Kingston University's academic dress. To order yours, visit the Kingston University dedicated ordering site, enter your student ID/reference and click 'find me' and follow the on screen instructions. Ordering your gown in advance will save you money as it costs a little more to organise on the day of your ceremony. There are FAQs on their website and if you need any further assistance you can also call the Graduate Gowning Company on 01736 751855 or email info@graduategowning.co.uk

If you haven't hired your gown by Friday 28 June 2019, you may be able to hire a gown on the day. The GGC cannot guarantee they will be able to accommodate late orders, but do bring a quantity of additional stock to assist those who arrive on the day without having booked in advance. Graduates who haven't booked should make their way to the designated 'On The Day' orders desk in the robing area at River House as early as possible on the day of the ceremony and staff there will do their best to assist.

Prices

All gowns cost £45 each to hire (link to booking site coming soon) for the day, all you need to do is make sure you hire the right gown (link to gown guide coming soon) for your level of award.  The different gown types can be seen on the gown guide. The price includes the gown, hood and hat. Hires made on the day of the ceremony cost £50 so you're advised to book by the deadline.

If you want to keep your hat as a memento you can buy it on the day for £10.

What to wear (underneath)

Graduations are friendly rather than formal but, as it's a special occasion, most people - including guests - go smartly dressed. 

Collecting and returning your gown

Visit our planning your day for information about how to collect and return your gown and at what time. The gowning staff on the day will help you put your gown on and will also be there to make sure you are looking smart before you are presented on stage.

Cancellation and refunds

If you find that, having ordered your gown, that you can no longer attend your ceremony, please contact Graduate Gowning Company by email info@graduategowning.co.uk and they will assist in arranging a refund.

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Graduations
Kingston University
Kingston Hill campus (Yorkon Building)
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT2 7LB
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Contact us

Graduations
Kingston University
Kingston Hill campus (Yorkon Building)
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT2 7LB
Email us

FAQs

We suggest you check our FAQs to find out everything you need to know about the graduation ceremonies.

Policies

Booking your tickets to your graduation ceremony indicates that you adhere to the University's Graduation Ceremony Policies.

Download the Graduation Ceremonies Policies (PDF).

Ready to graduate?

Have you...

  • Checked your ceremony date and time?
  • Cleared any outstanding debt with the University?
  • Applied for your graduate and guest tickets?
  • Received an email confirming your tickets have been purchased?
  • Hired your gown?
  • Downloaded and printed your ceremony information leaflet?
  • Informed the graduations team of any special requirements you or your guests have?

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