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The deadline to hire your academic dress for Commemoration Day on 19 October and Graduation Day on 20 October - is Tuesday 20 September 2022.

Academic dress

The robes worn by graduates today have their origin in the everyday dress of the Middle Ages. The ancient universities in Europe began as communities of scholars and teachers associated with cathedrals or monasteries. As fashions changed, the cloaks of that period were retained by the universities and became the main item of academic dress.

Academic dress is compulsory for Imperial College London's graduation ceremonies. Mortar boards are not a part of the College’s academic dress, so you will only need to order your gown and hood.



Imperial College London Academic Dress