King’s College London Graduation Gown

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King’s College London Graduation Gown

King’s College London Graduation Gown

Student booking

Gown hire

Academic dress must be worn by all presentees. Students/graduates should be in smart dress, no jeans or trainers are allowed.

Gown hire

Gown hire is provided by Ede & Ravenscroft.

You can book your gown online or by calling 01223 861854. You must do this by approximately three weeks prior to your ceremony.

Your ceremony booking confirmation will state your awarding body. Please ensure you book the correct gown, prefixed UoL for University of London awards or KCL for King’s College London awards.

Gown information

King’s College London Academic Dress

In 2007 King’s was granted degree-awarding powers in its own right. One of the impacts of securing its own degree-awarding powers was the need for King’s to design its own academic dress, and we are most grateful to Dame Vivienne Westwood for the major role she played in bringing the academic dress, which is based on a medieval design, up to date. Through her reworking of the traditional robe, Vivienne Westwood hoped to “link the past, the present and the future”. The new King’s academic dress design was approved by the College and does not include a mortarboard.


Mortarboards and hats

While mortarboards do not form part of the official academic dress at King’s, they are available for King’s students to wear for their graduation photographs, and there is a selection available at the photography booths on graduation days.  There is no charge for the use of them.

Alternatively, students may hire mortarboard hats for a small fee for use during the graduation event by contacting the Ede & Ravenscroft Private Hire service on +44 (0)1223 205 617. Please note that as hats do not form part of the official academic dress they are not permitted to be worn when crossing the stage and any students hiring hats will asked to remove them during the ceremony itself.


See the right hand links for images of both the gowns worn by those receiving a University of London award (Copyright Ede & Ravenscroft 2007), and those receiving a King’s College London award.

Gown collection

Barbican Centre
Gowns will be available for collection on the day from the Mezzanine level. You must collect your tickets from the ticket desk on the Stalls Floor Foyer first.

Southwark Cathedral
Gowns will be available for collection from the Henriette Raphael Function Room, Henriette Raphael Building, Guy’s campus.

Please note that you will need to bring a form of photo ID with you such as your university card, passport or driving licence in order to pick up your gown

Gown purchase

You can purchase your gown online or by calling 01223 861854.

Clergy graduates wishing to purchase a King’s hood to be worn with their choir dress should contact

Please note that these hoods can not be worn on the day of the ceremony as they are designed specifically to be worn with choir dress.

Gown cost

By Qualification

Foundation degree, BA, BSc, BEng, LLB, PGCert, PGDip, PGCE

Online: £40.50           Call Centre: £45.00               On the day: £50.00


MA, MSc, LLM, MPhil

Online: £45.90             Call Centre: £50.40             On the day: £54.00



Online: £52.20            Call Centre: £56.70              On the day: £59.00

* Please note that these costs are a guide, for a updated cost please contact Ede and Ravenscroft.*


If you ordered your gown online you may cancel the order via the same website:

But please note that this MUST be done no later than 7 days in advance of the ceremony. To cancel robes booked by telephone you will need to make your cancellation in writing, either by emailing Ede and Ravenscroft at or writing to:

Ede & Ravenscroft Ltd, Unit A Denny Industrial Centre, Waterbeach, Cambridge CB5 9QD

Please note that the refund will be minus a £1.50 administration fee.

If you will be re-sitting examinations and you intend to come to a future ceremony, please notify Ede and Ravenscroft that you wish your booking and payment to be retained and transferred to a future ceremony. You will need to let the company know the date of the next ceremony as soon as you can. If you do not intend to come to a future ceremony after re-sitting your exams no refund will be made.