Graduation

Academic Dress

What academic dress to wear

  • The University does not make the wearing of academic dress compulsory, but would prefer all those participating in the ceremony to wear it.
  • The graduation ceremony is a formal occasion and students and their guests are encouraged to dress appropriately. As a guide, dress which would be suitable for a special dinner or a job interview would also be suitable for the graduation ceremony.
  • The colours associated with academic dress generally distinguish the Faculty to which you belong (or, in some cases, the discipline within a Faculty).
  • Academic dress used at the University of Tasmania is patterned on that used at the University of Oxford.

The academic dress specified by University Council is:

  • Associate Degree: a gown, stole (unless you are a graduate, in which case, wear the dress of your highest award) and trencher cap (mortar board).
  • Associate Diploma: a gown and trencher cap (mortar board).
  • Diploma: a gown, stole (unless you are a graduate, in which case, wear the dress of your highest award) and trencher cap (mortar board).
  • Bachelor (pass and honours): a gown, a hood with the edge lined in your Discipline colour, and trencher cap (mortar board).
  • Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: a gown and hood in the colour of your previous highest degree, otherwise a gown, stole and trencher cap (mortar board).
  • Master: a gown, hood lined entirely with silk of the appropriate colour, and trencher cap (mortar board).
  • Doctor: a gown and hood lined entirely with silk of the appropriate colour, and bonnet.

See also Notes on Academic Dress (PDF 13.4KB)

Hiring academic dress

  • The Compass Group provides academic dress hire to all graduands and staff members except the Australian Maritime College. Academic dress can be hired from the Compass Group website.
  • Academic dress for Australian Maritime College graduands will be available through the AMC.
  • The Compass Group and AMC will know your award and will supply you with the correct colours.
  • See Academic Dress Hire for more information.

How to wear academic dress

  • Academic dress is worn over your normal attire.
  • The Compass Group staff will be present at the ceremony venue to help you with your academic dress.