Students can buy or hire any part of the academic dress, although they often buy a graduate gown, headwear and neckwear as these will be needed more than once. Gown suppliers often have special offers at the start of the academic year where gowns, headwear and neckwear are available at a reduced price.
The College does not recommend a particular supplier but the following are well-known in Oxford:
Academic dress - please see the sections on 'Full Academic Dress' (for DPhil/DLitt students) and 'Hoods & Caps' (for other postgraduates)
Please note that from July 2019 onwards, graduands (with the exception of DPhil and DLitt) are no longer required to change gown during the ceremony. You will arrive at the ceremony in the gown appropriate to your new status and add the hood during the ceremony. DPhil and DLitt students will arrive at the ceremony in the gown and hood appropriate to their current status and change into the scarlet robe during the ceremony. Please see the document below for illustrations of the correct gowns and hoods for different degrees.