**Dress code for General Admission can be found here, and is different to the details given below**
Academic Dress for Admission to Degrees
The Proctors have given notice that anybody of inappropriate appearance will not be allowed to proceed to their degree. The College strictly enforces this rule.
The point of all these regulations is for all graduands to wear the same simple, formal style of dress, so that all graduands are presented as equals.
All candidates must wear the appropriate gown and hood as well as the attire specified in either dress option one or dress option two.
Appropriate Academic Gown and Hood
If you already have a Cambridge degree, then you wear the gown and hood of the highest Cambridge degree that you have. This does not mean the degree that you are about to receive.
If you do not already have a Cambridge degree, then one of these two will apply to you:
- If you are 23 years old or younger, then you wear a BA status gown and the hood of the degree that you are about to receive.
- If you are 24 years old or older, then you wear an MA status gown and the hood of the degree that you are about to receive.
Dress Option One (all of 1-5 are required)
- Either a plain black suit or a dinner jacket and black trousers (dress or ordinary).
- Plain, long-sleeved white shirt (dress or ordinary; wing collar or standard collar).
- White bow-tie and academic bands.
- Plain black covered shoes without buckles. Both toes and heels must be covered. No boots, no extreme high heels, no platform soles.
- Plain black socks.
Dress Option Two (all of 1-3 are required)
- Either (a) or (b) or (c) or (d)
- plain, knee-length (or longer), long-sleeved black dress and black or flesh-coloured stockings
- plain, knee-length (or longer), long-sleeved black skirt suit with a long-sleeved white blouse/shirt and black or flesh-coloured stockings
- plain black trouser suit with a long-sleeved white blouse/shirt, and plain black socks
- plain, knee-length (or longer) black skirt with long-sleeved white blouse/shirt and black or flesh-coloured stockings
- Plain black covered shoes without buckles. Both toes and heels must be covered. No boots, no extreme high heels, no platform soles. Please note that graduands kneel for the ceremony, so high heels can make standing up difficult.
- No bare legs or arms (this is why long sleeves and stockings are required).
All graduands should read and note the following:
All garments must be of one colour only. Checked, striped or similar garments are not acceptable.
"White" means white (not cream or similar), "black" means black (not dark brown, blue or grey). Facial jewellery, other than one pair of stud earrings (i.e. one stud in each ear), is not permitted. Other jewellery (bracelets, chunky rings and ornate watches) should not be worn (jewellery hanging from the neck but confined within the shirt or blouse is acceptable if it is congruous with the attire). Exaggerated hairstyles or colours and painted nails are not acceptable.
If your hood will not stay in position, then you can use safety pins to attach it to your gown. Guidance will be provided at the attire check. For option one, hoods go straight underneath the bands and do not need to be attached to a button; the hood should rest against the collar of the shirt. For option two, hoods should be attached to the highest button possible on the blouse or shirt. Guidance and assistance will be provided on the day.
When you rent your gown and hood, you may be offered the chance to rent a Doctor’s bonnet. This is a hat that is only worn on special days called ‘Scarlet days’. Even if your graduation is on a Scarlet day, graduands cannot wear it (since they are not yet Doctors). You may rent it for use in pictures after the ceremony.
You may hire or buy academical dress from any of the academic robe makers:
Academical dress hire
Academical dress may be hired from any of the three main academic hire companies: