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.

Mortar boards are not a part of the College’s academic dress, so you will only need to order your gown and hood.

“The College receives a small commission on gowns hired from Ede & Ravenscroft. These funds contribute to the costs of providing graduation events.”

Imperial College London academic dress