Wearing an academic gown is a symbol of your joining the community of scholars.  You first wear a gown for Matriculation on Tuesday 8 October.  You will also need a gown for other formal occasions, to attend Formal Hall and for your graduation.  At the beginning of September, you will be issued with a voucher code in your College welcome letter which entitles you to a discount of £9.50 against the cost of a Downing undergraduate gown purchased online from Ryder & Amies.  You can either opt to collect your new gown in store when you arrive in Cambridge or Ryder & Amies will post it directly to you.