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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.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are invited to wear a coloured scarf to identify their cultural heritage.
  • Academic dress not sourced through the University's preferred suppliers (included below) may not provide you with regalia that is an exact match to the University's Academic Dress Ordinance.

Hiring academic dress

  • The Compass Group provides academic dress hire and sale to all graduands and staff members with the exception of the Australian Maritime College. Academic dress hire for AMC graduands is available through the AMC website.
  • UTAS students must reserve their academic dress through Compass Group
  • Academic Dress Hire for ALL PhD candidates is available through the Compass Group.
  • The Compass Group/AMC will know your award and will supply you with the correct colours.
  • If you are unable to collect your hired academic dress during the nominated collection times, please contact Compass Group.
  • The Compass Group staff will be present at the ceremony venue to help you with your academic dress.
  • Further information on UTAS academic dress hire services is available on the Compass Group website.

Academic dress hire costs

Hire cost  
Gown $50 (purchase price from $290)
Hood or stole $30 (purchase price from $100)
Cap (mortar board) $40 (This is yours to keep)
Tudor bonnet (PhD only) $40 (This is a hire item)
Total cost $120

AMC Academic dress hire costs

Hire cost  
Gown $50
Hood or stole $30
Cap (mortar board) $35 (this is yours to keep)
Total cost $115
  • Payment should be made at least one week prior to the Graduation ceremony
  • Credit card facilities are available

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.