Academic dress: what to wear on graduation day

Your graduation ceremony is a formal celebration, so you must wear the correct academic dress. It’s your responsibility to buy or hire the items you need in time for your graduation ceremony.

The items of regalia you need to wear will depend on your qualification. Colours and styles are specific to the subject you’re getting your qualification in. 

On this page:

Where to buy or hire regalia

Academic Dress Hire is familiar with AUT's regalia. They will make sure you have the correct academic dress. 

Approved regalia provider for regalia hiring:

Academic Dress Hire
Phone: +64 9 358 1044
www.academicdresshire.co.nz

Offical Robemakers to AUT for regalia purchase:

Etude Classique Ltd
Phone: +64 9 522 5241
www.etudeclassique.co.nz

Tips and advice about dressing for the ceremony

Some tips about how to dress include:

  • Make sure you’re comfortable: the venue is quite warm, especially when wearing regalia
  • Men may find it helpful to wear a shirt and tie, so you can place the neckband of your hood under your tie to hold it in place
  • Women may need to pin their hood to their gown
  • You can wear culturally appropriate adornment, like korowai or garlands, over your gown

Descriptions of academic regalia by qualification

Items and regalia are listed by qualification type below.

Certificate

  • Black Cambridge undergraduate gown (shorter length)

Diploma

  • Black Cambridge undergraduate gown (shorter length)
  • Stole in qualification colour

Graduate certificate

  • Black Cambridge Bachelor of Arts gown
  • Stole in qualification colour
  • If applicable, a trencher from a previous qualification can be worn

Graduate diploma

  • Black Cambridge Bachelor of Arts gown
  • Stole in qualification colour
  • If applicable, a trencher from a previous qualification can be worn

Bachelor's degree

  • Black Cambridge Bachelor of Arts gown
  • Hood: black with bone coloured lining, edged with qualification colour
  • Black trencher with black tassel

Postgraduate certificate

  • Black Cambridge Bachelor of Arts gown
  • Stole in qualification colour
  • Degree hood from a previous qualification can also be worn
  • Black trencher with black tassel

Postgraduate diploma

  • Black Cambridge Bachelor of Arts gown
  • Stole in qualification colour
  • (Degree hood from a previous qualification can also be worn)
  • Black trencher with black tassel

Master's degree

  • Black Cambridge Master of Arts gown
  • Hood: black with qualification colour lining
  • Black trencher with bone coloured tassel

Doctoral degree

  • Black Cambridge Master of Arts gown with red facing
  • Hood: Cambridge style in red, lined with qualification colour
  • Black Tudor bonnet with gold cord

Colours of academic regalia by qualification

Download and check the document below for the colours you should wear for your graduation ceremony. You can check with Academic Dress Hire if you are unsure. 

Download list of colours of academic regalia (PDF, 125 kB)