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Sub Fusc

Many congratulations on gaining a place at one of Oxford University’s most prestigious colleges!

We at Shepherd & Woodward are the largest supplier of Academic gowns to Oxford University students having been supplying Oxford Undergraduates and Postgraduates with ethically sourced Sub-Fusc clothing for over 159 years, and with the permission of your college we would like to offer our services to you in this department in readiness for you matriculation on the 13th October 2018.


Your academic dress requirements will be:
All Undergraduates and Postgraduates are required to wear their appropriate gown and cap in the presence of the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor or other officers of the University in their official capacity, at examinations, matriculation, and formal college events. Ladies and gentlemen have to wear the mortar board or soft cap. In addition “Sub-Fusc” clothing must be worn under the gown at all of the events mentioned above.


Clothing regulations as instructed by the Dean of Degrees:-
A dark suit with dark socks, or a dark skirt with black stockings or trousers with dark socks and an optional dark coat or jacket; black shoes; plain white collared shirt or blouse; a black or white bow tie, black long tie or black ribbon tie. Dress should be such as might be appropriate for formal occasions.

Candidates serving in the HM Forces are permitted to wear uniform together with the appropriate gown. The Uniform cap is worn in the street and carried indoors,

Wearing of Mortar Boards and Soft Caps?

Prior to graduation, Mortar boards may not be worn indoors, however they may be worn outdoors, soft caps can be worn in and outdoors, so it is important they fit.

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