St Edmund’s College Cambridge CB3 0BN Telephone Cambridge (01223) 767068 Fax (01223) 336111 FROM THE PRAELECTOR ACADEMICAL DRESS Dress at Congregations: advice to those proceeding to degrees University dresscode website: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/degrees/dress/ The following rules apply to academical dress worn by those proceeding to degrees: (1) A person being admitted to a degree by incorporation or to the M.A. degree under Statute B, III, 6 wears the gown and hood of the degree he or she is to receive. (2) A person who already holds a degree or degrees of Cambridge University wears the gown and hood of the highest degree he or she has already received from this University (except that a person being admitted to the M. B. under Special Regulation 7 for the conferment of the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery is allowed if he or she is a B. A. but holds no higher degree than B. Chir., to wear the B. A. gown and hood). (3) Any person who does not hold a degree from Cambridge University (e.g. an undergraduate) when being admitted to a degree wears as appropriate his or her undergraduate, B.A. status or M.A. status gown, with the hood of the degree, or the higher of the degrees, which he or she is to receive. (4) Under no circumstances should the academical dress of another university be worn by a graduand. (5) For those wearing gowns appropriate to PhD or higher degrees, Scarlet is worn only on Scarlet Days (normally the only Congregations which fall on Scarlet Days are the days of General Admission). As a consequence all graduands wear either undergraduate or plain black gowns as appropriate. (6) The only form of head-dress which may be worn with academical dress (and the use of head-dress is optional) is the square (or the bonnet for doctors on Scarlet Days), unless an exception is made for religious reasons. Graduands may not, however, wear a square or bonnet in the Senate House; it must be carried.