The long-established and distinctive tradition of wearing a gown to a graduation ceremony highlights the unique importance of the occasion, and the Queen Mary-specific design adds to the students’ sense of pride in their institution and their achievements. Gowns are internationally recognised as a part of higher education ceremonies and Queen Mary aims to uphold this heritage.
Graduation ceremonies are formal occasions and we request graduands and their guests dress appropriately. Academic dress is compulsory to attend the ceremonies.
Jeans and trainers are not acceptable forms of dress for a graduation ceremony.
Please be aware that if you do not wish to shake hands with the Principal on religious grounds when walking on stage, you should carry your graduation ceremony programme in your hand as you cross the stage and he will act appropriately.
Academic dress is compulsory for this event. You must wear the correct academic dress in order to graduate at a ceremony.
The official gown hire supplier to Queen Mary is Marston Robing who also provides our online guest ticket booking system. We recommend your order your gown at the same time as booking your tickets at www.yourgraduation.co.uk/QMUL.
You will need the following information to complete your booking online:
You will receive a confirmation email from the booking system once you have completed your order. If you pay by card, you will also receive a confirmation of your card payment directly from the card processor. You will collect your gown on the day of your ceremony at the Mile End campus from the Graduate Centre. Please note you will have to return your gown afteryour ceremony.
We strongly recommend you make your gown hire booking using the Your Graduation website when ordering your tickets.
If you were a late booker and have not yet arranged your gown or photography, the gowning company are aware of your intentions but a gown will not be held under your name. You are advised to go to the gowning area when you arrive (located in the Graduate Centre) and hire a gown on the day of your ceremony. You can purchase photographs on the day of the event in the Graduate Centre.
If you are not sure of your awarding body please log into your MySIS Account and click on the Research Student Details link (postgraduate research) or View My Details - non research (all other students) under the My Details menu. Your awarding body will be displayed on this page.