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.
|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.