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Academic gowns

There are many types of gown and it's important to get the right one for you. The GU hires out the two generic types of gown for graduates: BA/BA Status gowns and MA/MA Status gowns. Which type to choose is determined by your age and whether or not you did your undergraduate degree at Cambridge.

BA / BA Status Gown

Feature

  • Hangs an inch or two below the knee
  • Has a slit on the upper arm
  • Has an open sleeve
  • Has strings (BA) or no strings (BA Status) hanging from the shoulders, depending on the status of the student

This gown is only for students that both A and B apply to:

  • A. A student currently on a graduate course at the University of Cambridge, who did their undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge, and the undergraduate degree is their highest Cambridge degree. Strings. or A student who is currently on a graduate course at the University of Cambridge, and who did their undergraduate degree at a different university. No strings.
  • B. Must be aged 23 years of age or less.

MA / MA Status Gown

Features

  • Hangs midway between the knee and ankle
  • Has no slit on the upper arm
  • Has an closed sleeve
  • Has strings (MA) or no strings (MA Status) hanging from the shoulders, depending on the status of the student

This gown is only for students that both A and B apply to:

  • A. A student currently on a graduate course at the University of Cambridge, who did their undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge, and the undergraduate degree is their highest Cambridge degree. Strings. or A student who is currently on a graduate course at the University of Cambridge, and who did their undergraduate degree at a different university. No strings.
  • B. Must be aged 24 years of age or more.

Further Information

Illustrations of the various gowns can be found in the Heraldic & Genealogical Society's Gown Guide.

The definitive regulations on gowns can be found in Chapter II of the University Ordinances.

Further background information can be found in the Wikipedia article Academic Dress of the University of Cambridge.