Booking and collecting academic dress

All graduands participating in the ceremonies must wear the appropriate academic dress


Ordering your academic dress

All graduands participating in the ceremonies must wear the appropriate academic dress bought or hired from Ede and Ravenscroft.  

If you have received confirmation of your place at the ceremony, you can book your gown from Monday 17th September using the gown hire system. You will need to enter your LSE ID number and surname.

Graduands can only order gowns once they know the day of their ceremony. If you have not booked a place, you will not be able to book academic dress.

You will need to know the following information when ordering your gown:

  • Height
  • Head circumference
  • Chest size measurements
  • Day of your ceremony

All queries relating to gown hire should be directed to Ede and Ravenscroft:



Tel: +44 (0)1223 861 854 (national rate)

Collecting and returning your academic dress

Collecting your academic dress

Academic dress collection will take place on the ceremony days in the Student Services Centre Atrium on the Ground floor of the Old Building.

Opening times for the December ceremonies are:

  • Monday 17 December - 11:00am to 8:00pm
  • Tuesday 18 December - 8:00am to 8:00pm
  • Wednesday 19 December - 8:00am to 8:00pm
  • Thursday 20 December - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Returning your academic dress

Academic dress can be returned to the returns desk in the Student Services Centre Atrium or to the gown drop in the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre. Gowns must be returned by 8:00pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; and by 5:00pm on Thursday.

Unless you have opted for extended hire you can only collect your gown on the day of your ceremony and must return it the same day. 

What to bring with you

Please ensure that you bring your Ede and Ravenscroft booking reference number with you. You will receive this when you place your booking.

Dress code

Graduands should wear business attire, smart national dress or other formal clothing under their gowns. We would also highly recommend that students wear a shirt or blouse with buttons, as this will ensure that the hood of the academic dress stays in place. 

Alternatively, you may bring hair or safety pins with you to help keep the gown and hood in place.

Gown options

Since the granting of its own degree awarding powers in July 2008, students have worn LSE-specific gowns. However, if you are eligible and have chosen to receive a University of London degree you should still book an LSE gown and exchange it for a University of London gown on the day.

To see what the LSE gowns look like, please click on the relevant link below:


Please note that, although you will receive a hat as part of your academic dress, it is an LSE tradition that hats are not worn on stage. Please leave your hat on your seat.



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