With limited exceptions, those graduating must wear an academic gown (black for undergraduate and master’s degrees; purple for doctoral graduates). Exceptions to this are Indigenous students who may opt to wear traditional dress, active military personnel who may opt to wear their dress uniform and clergy/members of religious orders who may opt to wear their religious apparel. All graduates will have the appropriate degree hood placed on their shoulders while on stage as a symbol of completion of their degree. Hoods are not required for candidates from diploma and certificate programs, but it is permissible for them to wear hoods from previously earned degrees. All candidates for degrees have the right to wear a mortarboard on stage.
Candidates for degrees DO NOT wear previously earned hoods.
Gown and Hood rental is available starting September 12 online at http://buildagrad.ca/Western.
Dates and Rates:
September 12 - October 13 (5:30pm), $45
October 13 (5:30pm) - October 16 (5:30pm), $55
On-site Rental: $60
Academic Regalia Pickup: Your regalia is available on the day you graduate at Book Store Extras, UCC, Room 35, Lower level (across from The Book Store).
Pick Up for Morning Ceremonies: 7:30am.
Pick up for Afternoon Ceremonies: 10:30am.
If you are graduating in the afternoon ceremony, you should pick up your regalia after 10:30am to allow the morning ceremony graduands the ability to meet their time frame.
Academic Regalia Returns: Regalia must be returned to Room 35 Lower Level, UCC, by 6:00pm
Souvenir Grad Caps: Available in The Book Store at Western, UCC Lower Level.
Academic regalia may be purchased from:
The Book Store at Western
Tel. 519-661-3520 ext.84552; website: www.bookstore.uwo.ca
19 Duncan Street, 3rd floor, Toronto M5H 3H19
Tel. 416-977-4408; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Imperial Robes Limited
225 Richmond Street W. Suite 401, Toronto M5V 1W2
Tel. 416-340-6534, or 1-877-89ROBES (toll-free);