All candidates must wear academic gowns and hoods for the convocation ceremony. The academic regalia of all University of Ottawa degree programs include a specific gown and hood for each degree.

To ensure the best possible experience for our graduates, the University of Ottawa has retained the services of Gaspard LP. By providing a few details in advance, you’ll receive a tailored gown and hood, colour-coded for your faculty.

The fees for gown and hood rental are $60 (plus taxes) online in advance or $85 (plus taxes) on Convocation day.

Purchasing online in advance (recommended)

The fees for gown and hood rental are $60 (plus taxes) online in advance. We strongly recommend that you reserve online in advance. Not only do you save over $25, but you avoid lineups!

The online gown and hood rental service is available starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2024 and running until 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2024. No cancellations are permitted after this date and no refunds will be given. Changes to rental orders can be made online through the Gaspard LP website prior to this date only. Sign on using the email address used when you placed your rental.

On May 9, you will receive an email outlining the instructions to follow to order your gown and hood.

Purchasing in person (not recommended)

The fees for gown and hood rental are $85 (plus taxes) on convocation day.

After May 24, you’ll need to rent your gown and hood in person on the day of your ceremony at the Shaw Centre. The cost is $85 plus taxes (cash, Interac, Visa and MasterCard are accepted). If you plan to rent yours in person, please arrive 90 minutes prior to the start time for your ceremony.

If you have any questions about regalia reservations, contact Gaspard LP at [email protected] or 1-866-949-5703 from Monday to Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Policy on traditional Indigenous attire at the convocation ceremonies

Students of Indigenous backgrounds who wish to wear traditional ceremonial attire in the place of an academic gown and hood are permitted to do so without requiring permission from their faculties.