UG Congregation - How to wear the Academic Gown

As a Graduand of the University of Ghana, you must wear the right academic regalia to the congregation ceremony. The regalia comprises a gown, a hood and a mortarboard (cap). As this is a formal occasion, please wear neat business attire under the gown. 

Following on-line registration and payment, proceed with a print-out of your payment details to the collection point at your College/School/Institute to collect your academic gown. Suggested fitting sizes of gowns are as follows: - Small(S) : 5 foot 5 inches tall and below. - Medium(M): 5 foot 6 inches - 5 foot 8 inches tall - Large(L): 5 foot 9 inches - 5 foot 11 inches tall - Extra Large(XL): 6 feet tall and above Note that different Programmes have specific gowns to be worn (details below).

University of Ghana branded neck ties and scarves will be provided on return of the gown after the Ceremony. Other souvenirs are available for purchase at the Alumni Centre or Information Centre. There will also be a sales outlet at the congregation grounds. 

How to wear the regalia:

Step 1: Put on the gown, the loose outer garment, which is typically black (Crimson for doctoral graduands). The gown should be worn with the kente stole facings aligned below the collarbone and not overlapping. Wear it over a formal and decent outfit.



Step 2: Put on the hood. It should be worn with the hood part to the back and the tapering part (neckband) to the front of your gown, around the neck. You may secure the neckband in place with a safety-pin. Gentlemen should note that a tie goes over the face of the hood:



The hood has an inner lining of satin (yellow for Bachelors’ and white for Masters’)- this should not be fully exposed.  The cowl of the hood hangs against the back in a fold which exposes just the edge of the hood lining.

Right way to wear the hood.Wrong way to wear the hood!                  Wrong way to wear the hood! 


Step 3: Put on your cap or mortarboard. It has two tapered edges. The cap should be worn with the smaller tapered side (furthest from the purple label)towards the front of your face (above your forehead). The tassel attached to the cap should be worn on the right side before the degree is conferred and afterwards shifted to the left the moment the degree awarded.

Gentlemen should note that cap must be removed on stepping up stage for a hand shakes.




Gowns for various programmes:

Please note that Graduands are required to wear gowns strictly appropriate to their degrees/diplomas, as follows:

* Doctorate Degrees   - Crimson Gown, appropriate hood & cap
* MPhil, MFA, EMBA, MBA, MA, MSc, EPM, MPA, MHI- Black Gown with White and Black Kente Stole facing, hood and cap
* Bachelor of Arts/ Science/ Public Health/Fine Arts- Black Gown with Yellow & Black Kente Stole facing, hood and cap
*Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Dental Surgery - Black Gown with Red and Black Kente Stole facing, hood and cap
* Bachelor of Laws- Black Gown with Purple & Black Kente Stole facing, hood and cap
* Non-Degree

- Black Gown with cap (without hood)