The Open University Graduation Gowns

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The Open University Graduation Gowns

Gown and hood types

The Open University Graduation Gowns , The style and colour scheme of the gowns and hoods for each OU qualification is listed below.  Please click on the link to view the academic dress.

Degree Gown Hood
PGCE Light blue Simple shape; dark blue; faced inside light blue
DipHE Dark blue Simple shape; dark blue; faced inside light blue
All Foundation degrees Dark blue Simple shape; light blue; faced inside dark blue
BA, BA Hons, BSc, BSc Hons, BEng Hons, LLB Hons Dark blue Simple shape; light blue; faced inside gold
Validated BA, BSc Dark blue Simple shape, gold; fully lined light blue
MEng Light blue Full shape; gold Panama; fully faced inside gold; edged blue
MA, MEd, MSc Light blue Full shape; dark blue Panama; fully lined gold; edged gold
MBA, MPA Light blue Full shape; dark blue Panama; fully lined gold; edged blue and gold
Validated Masters Light blue gown Full shape; gold Panama; fully lined with white
MPhil Light blue Full shape; light blue; fully lined gold; edged gold
EdD Royal blue; gold Full shape; gold Panama; fully lined light blue
MRes Light blue Simple shape; royal blue; faced gold
PhD Royal blue; gold Full shape; royal blue Panama; fully lined facings gold; edged gold

How to hire academic dress

We advise you to book your robe hire immediately after you have booked your ceremony. For students who are awaiting their final module result we recommend you do not hire your academic dress until your qualification has been confirmed.   

The latest date for hiring your robes or altering your robe hire details is 10 working days before the ceremony. The onus is on you, the graduate, to ensure that you have booked your robe in plenty of time and that it is the correct one for your award.  Therefore please make sure that you have your award details to hand when making the booking to avoid any mistakes.

You can hire your academic dress  through the website www.edeandravenscroft.co.uk or by telephoning +44 (0) 1223 861854.  Please note that bookings made by telephone to Ede and Ravenscroft cost £5.00 more than those made online.
If you are at all unsure of what your qualification is please telephone the Ceremonies Centre on +44 (0) 1908 541079 before placing your order.

For all other queries about hiring or wearing your academic dress you can check the FAQs on Ede and Ravenscroft’s website or telephone them on +44 (0) 1223 861854.

Purchasing academic dress

If you wish to purchase academic dress, please contact Ede and Ravenscroft on +44 (0) 1223 862053.

What to wear at your ceremony

Although there is no formal dress code for the ceremony, the presentation of graduates is a prestigious occasion and most graduates choose to come to their ceremony formally dressed, men in a suit or a jacket and tie, women in a suit or smart dress. Services personnel are very welcome to wear their uniforms.  All the university’s academic robes have velcro fastenings with which to secure the hood in place, but you may like to bring pins or a brooch to assist with this.

Click here to view Images for the open university graduation gowns