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Academic Dress

Academic DressThe Tradition

In common with English universities, universities in New Zealand have a system of academic dress, which is worn by its graduates to indicate their degree, ie. Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate. This dress has evolved through the centuries from everyday attire. The academic dress worn by today's graduates can be traced back to medieval lay costume which comprised a hood and a loose heavy tunic and was worn simply to provide some protection against the weather.

If you are attending a graduation ceremony, you will be required to wear the academic dress appropriate to your qualification as follows:

  • Bachelors: Black gown; black hood with gold lining; black mortarboard
  • Bachelors with Honours: Black gown; black hood with gold lining and gold border 5cm in width; black mortarboard
  • Masters: Black gown; gold hood with gold lining, black mortarboard
  • MPhil: Black gown; crimson hood with crimson lining; black mortarboard
  • PhD, EdD, SJD: Maroon gown; crimson hood with crimson lining; black Tudor bonnet with gold cord and tassel
  • DLit, DSc: Crimson gown; crimson hood with crimson lining; black Tudor bonnet with gold cord and tassel

If you are receiving a Diploma or Certificate and you already have a degree, you should wear appropriate regalia for that degree. If you are not a graduate already, you should wear an undergraduate gown without a hood or mortarboard.

Academic Dress Hire

Please order your academic dress online at www.academicdress.co.nz.

Contact Details:
Academic Dress Hire
Waikato Graduate Women Charitable Trust
21 Ruakura Road
Hamilton, New Zealand


Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 12 noon.
Phone: +64 7 858-5628
Fax: +64 7 858-5016
Email: academic.dress@waikato.ac.nz