What is academic dress?

What is academic dress?

Students wear academic dress for matriculation, degree ceremonies and examinations.

Academic dress is a dark suit with dark socks, or a dark skirt with black tights or stockings, or trousers with dark socks; a dark coat if required; black shoes; plain white collared shirt or blouse; a black tie or white bow tie; plus a mortar board or soft cap and gown. Mortar boards, soft caps, ties, black ribbons, and gowns are readily available from any Oxford academic outfitter.