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What to wear

You will need to hire (or buy) your academic dress (gown, hood and cap) through Ede and Ravenscroft Ltd by 25th September 2017, 10 days before the ceremony on Friday the 6th of October, to guarantee they can supply the exact gown and size you require. To complete your order you will need to know your head circumference, chest and height measurements and have your debit/credit card ready.

If you make a request after 25th September, they will try their best to accommodate everyone, so please phone and enquire. For emergencies Ede and Ravenscroft will hold a small supply of gowns available to hire and pay for on the day, but the correct colours cannot be guaranteed, you may have to pay a slight premium and it will be on a first-come, first-served basis. 

To receive a £5 discount, order online at Please ensure you enter your information correctly so you receive the correct colours. You will receive confirmation of your online order with an order number, which you must bring with you on the day to the Gowning Desk in the Jurys Inn.

Alternatively you can contact their call centre on (01223) 861854 from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday to place your order over the phone. You will not receive the £5 discount for using the telephone service.

How to dress


It is advised that men wear a dark suit or jacket and trousers with a shirt and tie.


Ladies will find that a front-buttoned blouse or some means of securing the hood in place, such as a brooch or pin, is always helpful. You may also want to bring some hair pins to keep your cap securely in place.

Please note: This is a high profile occasion so appropriate dress is strongly advised.

Academic dress is fitted for you by Ede and Ravenscroft at The Jurys Inn Hotel. It is to be returned to Swindon College, Main Hall in the Phoenix Building, opposite the Reception by 4:00pm. If you are not intending to return to the college for the reception, please let us know and we can make alternative arrangements for you.