Graduation ceremony

Gown hire and photography

Academic dress and official photography

Gown hire

Graduation ceremonies are formal occasions and you are required to wear the academic dress of the University with your own appropriate formal attire. We recommend you wear ‘business dress’ and please note you may wish to use safety pins to secure your hood and hairclips for your hat.

The LJMU gowns and mortar boards are dark blue (except for PhD awards which are scarlet). Hoods are lined in grey or blue silk embossed with the University coat of arms.

Ede & Ravenscroft are the official robemakers for the University and you will need to order a robe directly from them in advance. Please visit this page to place your order before 21 June 2019.

The prices for gown hire are as follows:

  • £45.00 Undergraduate
  • £51.00 Masters
  • £58.00 Doctorate

Robes must be returned to the John Lennon Art and Design Building, there are no facilities to return gowns at the Cathedral.

If you are a wheelchair user, please notify Ede & Ravenscroft when you place your order as they can provide appropriately tailored gowns.

Photography and video

Ede & Ravenscroft are appointed as official photographers to the University and provide a service throughout graduation at the John Lennon Art and Design Building. To pre order please follow this link.

Please note: The University can give no guarantees for photographers other than Ede & Ravenscroft. During Graduation, a number of unofficial photographers assemble outside the Cathedral. These photographers are not endorsed by LJMU and once you have parted with your money it may be difficult to contact them afterwards.

Photography can be pre ordered or booked on the day.

DVDs and Digital Handshake Photograph

A professional recording on DVD of your awards ceremony is available to purchase from - to place an order, please use one of the following options:

A digital photograph of you or your loved one crossing the stage and shaking hands with the Chancellor or Vice Chancellor can also be purchased. Please visit for further information.

If you have any queries, please email or call 0870 609 3187.