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Gowning, Dress Code, and Photography

Booking your gown and photography at a UON graduation

Gowning and photography are both provided by an external company, Graduation Attire. For all gown refunds you will need to liaise directly with Graduation Attire whose contact details are 01234 880956.


All graduating students attending their ceremony must wear a gown whilst crossing the stage. Students must wear the University of Northampton gown specific to the award they are attending the ceremony for.

Gowns need to be booked in advance of the ceremony using the online booking system.

Gowns are collected on the day of the event from the Member’s Bar where students will be provided with their specific gown and dressed for the ceremony. Graduation Attire will also be on hand during the ceremony to ensure students are dressed correctly before they cross the stage.

Hired gowns are returned after the ceremony before leaving the venue. Students can choose when booking to extend their hire should they wish to keep the gown for longer. Alternatively you can choose to buy your gown and keep this forever.

What to Wear


As the ceremonies are a formal occasion, students should dress accordingly. Trainers or jeans are not permitted and any students wearing offensive slogans on their clothing will be asked to cover up. If they are unable to cover the offensive slogans they potentially could be excluded from crossing the stage.

All students should be aware they will be asked to stand for long periods of time and climb a set of steep stairs to and from the stage. Additionally, the ceremonies can involve quite a bit of walking between venues and would strongly advise that students wear comfortable footwear suitable for the occasion.

National dress is welcome should students wish.

We would also like to remind students that the ceremonies are streamed live and watched worldwide. Students should consider this when deciding the suitability of what they wear for the event.

Students should be aware that they will move seats as part of the ceremony so should leave all personal belongings securely in their vehicle or with their guests to avoid losing them. All items left unattended or in view in vehicles are done so at the owners own risk.


The ceremonies are a formal occasion, so we expect guests to dress accordingly; we generally think of the dress code as like a wedding without the hats!

The ceremonies can involve quite a bit of walking between venues and the venue contains quite a lot of stairs so we would always recommend comfortable shoes. As the venue is an outdoor venue we would advise dressing for the British weather!

National dress is welcome should guests wish.


Photography can be booked in advance using Graduation Attire’s online booking website but it can also be purchased on the day of the ceremony.

Graduation Attire offer a variety of photography options and packages, which you can see on their website.

We advise that all photographs are taken before your ceremony where possible. Photographs will be sent out to students, using the address given, once the ceremonies have taken place. Please be aware that at certain busier times of the year your photographs could be slightly delayed.

Data protection and media disclaimer

As part of the award ceremonies experience, your name will appear in a variety of publications and photographs will be taken during the event for marketing purposes.

If you wish your name to be omitted or wish not to have your photograph taken, please email the ceremonies team: as soon as possible. As most of the publications are printed in advance of the award ceremonies we will need advanced notice in order to omit you from these publications.

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