Academic dress of the University of Kent

Academic Dress Of The University Of Kent

Academic dress of the University of Kent

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The Academic dress of the University of Kent is normally only worn at graduation ceremonies. In common with most British universities a graduand begins the ceremony wearing the dress of the degree to which they are being admitted. This is in contrast to the practice at some universities such as Oxford where a graduand only dons the dress of a degree after it has been conferred.

Graduation ceremonies were originally held on campus, first in Eliot and, then in Rutherford Dining Halls; but as numbers grew were transferred to Canterbury Cathedral. Since 2003, graduates of the University of Kent's Medway campus have had separate graduation ceremonies at Rochester Cathedral in Medway.

The academical costume was designed by the Queen's dressmaker Sir Edwin Hardy AmiesGeorge W. Shaw, Academical Dress of British and Irish Universities (Chichester; Phillimore & Co. Ltd., 1995) page 135 ISBN 0-85033-974-xBrochure produced by the University of Kent for the 17 November 2006 Degree Congregations ceremony. pages 2-3


For Bachelors, Masters, and MPhil graduates a plain black gown is worn. For PhD graduates the gowns have facings of scarlet velvet. For Higher Doctorates the gown is scarlet with scarlet velvet facings and two bands of scarlet velvet on the sleeves. The Doctor of Civil Law (an honorary degree) has facings of purple velvet. The Chancellor's...
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