What to wear to graduation


See an outline of the appropriate academic dress, and read suggestions on what to wear with your regalia.

Graduation day

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Your graduation ceremony is a formal celebration of your achievement, and we encourage you to dress appropriately.

On your graduation day, you must wear the correct academic regalia appropriate to your degree and/or diploma.

You are responsible for getting your own academic regalia. We recommend you organise it early to ensure availability. See Where to hire your regalia.

In addition to the correct academic regalia, you may choose to wear clothing or garments of honour from your culture or home country such as a sari, korowai or ta'ovala. This is a welcome enrichment to the colour of the graduation ceremonies.

Advice from previous graduands

  • The temperature in the venue is reasonably warm, especially when wearing regalia.
  • Men may find it helpful to wear a shirt and tie, as placing the neckband of your hood under your tie helps to hold your hood in place (women may need to pin their hood to their gown).
  • Graduation day involves a considerable amount of walking and standing, and a lot of stairs, so very high heels may not be practical.
  • Choose a hairstyle that allows you to wear your trencher comfortably.
  • You will be videoed and photographed throughout the day, so you might like to look your best!
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What regalia to hire

Qualification  Regalia
Diploma Undergraduate gown and diploma scarf
(If you have already graduated with a degree, order the full set of regalia for that degree, plus the diploma scarf.)
Bachelors degree Bachelors gown, bachelors hood and trencher
Masters degree Masters gown, masters hood and trencher
Higher doctoral degree Higher doctoral gown, doctoral hood and bonnet
PhD PhD gown, PhD hood and bonnet
Other doctoral degrees Doctoral gown (faced with degree colour), doctoral hood and bonnet

 

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Where to hire your regalia

The University of Auckland works closely with Academic Dress Hire to ensure the quality of the regalia on hire to students for graduation. This is particularly important for the correct colour of hoods as these are specified in the University’s regulations. Academic Dress Hire then uses the profits generated from regalia hire to support a variety of scholarships, grants and donations at the university and other institutions.

Academic Dress Hire
17 George Street
Parnell
Auckland
Phone: +64 9 358 1044
Email: regalia@academicdresshire.co.nz 
Open:
 Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm with extended hours during graduation.
www.academicdresshire.co.nz


Alternative supplier:
Out 'n About Graduation Regalia
101 Shackleton Road
Mount Eden
Auckland
Phone: +64 9 620 9290
Email: outnabout@xtra.co.nz
Open: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm with extended hours during graduation.
www.graduationregalia.co.nz

Please note that the wearing of the correct regalia at graduation is a requirement. If you are using a supplier other than Academic Dress Hire or Out 'n About Graduation Regalia, and are unsure about the authenticity of the type of gown or colour of hood you might have hired, please email graduation@auckland.ac.nz.

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Bachelors and masters degree regalia

  • The bachelors and masters degree gowns for The University of Auckland are the same as those for the same degrees at the University of Cambridge.
  • The hood for the bachelors degree is lined with coloured satin and bordered with white fur.
  • The masters degree hood has no fur.
  • Both hoods are the same size and shape as the hood for the Cambridge Master of Arts.

Arts

Degree Colour of hood
BA, MA Pink
BA(Hons) Pink with pink band around outside edge
MCW Pink with tan band around inside edge
MLitt Pink with pink band around outside edge
MPP Pink with dark brown band around inside edge
MTESOL Pink with light brown band around inside edge

 

Business and Economics

Degree Colour of hood
BBIM Apricot
BCom, MCom Orange
BCom(Hons) Orange with orange band around outside edge
BProp, MProp Silver grey
BProp(Hons) Silver grey with silver grey band around outside edge
MBA Burgundy
MComLaw Orange with light blue band around inside edge
MIntBus Orange with light brown band around inside edge
MMgt Orange with tan band around inside edge
MTaxS Orange with dark brown band around inside edge

 

Creative Arts and Industries

Degree Colour of hood
BAS, MAS Lemon
BArch, MArch Lemon with two lemon bands around outside edge
MArch(Prof) Lemon with lemon band around outside edge
BDanceSt Jade green
BFA, MFA Gold
BFA(Hons) Gold with gold band around outside edge
BMus, MMus White
BMus(Hons) White with white band around outside edge
BMusEd Emerald green with white band around inside edge
BPerfArts Pink with dark brown band around inside edge
BPlan, MPlan Chartreuse green
BVA Gold lining with jade green band around inside edge
MBldgSc Lemon with dark brown band around inside edge
MCPA Pink with white band around inside edge
MPlanPrac Chartreuse green with dark brown band around inside edge
MUrbDes Lemon with chartreuse green band around inside edge

 

Education

Degree Colour of hood
BEd, MEd Emerald green
BEd(Tchg) Emerald green
BEd(Tchg)Hons Emerald green with emerald green band around outside edge
BEd(TESOL) Emerald green with dark brown band around inside edge
BHumServ Buff with light brown band around inside edge
BPE Emerald green with light brown band around inside edge
BSocSci
(Human Services)
Buff with dark brown band around inside edge
BSW Buff
BSW(Hons) Buff with buff band around outside edge
MEdLd Emerald green with tan band around inside edge

 

Engineering

Degree Colour of hood
BE, ME Dark violet
BE(Hons) Dark violet with dark violet band around outside edge
MEMgt Dark violet with dark brown band around inside edge
MEngSt Dark violet with light brown band around inside edge

 

Interfaculty

Degree Colour of hood
BTech Dark blue with taupe band around inside edge
MBioEnt Dark blue with orange band around inside edge
MEdMgt Emerald green with orange band around inside edge
MHealthMgt Lilac with orange band around inside edge
MOR Dark violet with taupe band around inside edge
MProfStuds Pink with taupe band around inside edge

 

Law

Degree Colour of hood
LLB, LLM Light blue
LLB(Hons) Light blue with light blue band around outside edge
LLM(Envir) Light blue with dark brown band around inside edge
MEnvLS Light blue with light brown band around inside edge
MLS Light blue with tan band around inside edge

 

Medical and Health Sciences

Degree Colour of hood
BHSc, MHSc Lilac
BHSc(Hons) Lilac with lilac band around outside edge
BHB, MMedSc Crimson
BHB(Hons) Crimson with crimson band around outside edge
MBChB Crimson with two crimson bands around outside edge
BNurs, MNurs Navy blue
BNurs(Hons) Navy blue with navy blue band around outside edge
BPharm Grey green
MAud Lilac with dark brown band around inside edge
MClinEd Crimson with dark brown band around inside edge
MMH Lilac with light brown band around the inside edge
MPharmPrac Grey-green with dark brown band around inside edge
MPH Lilac with crimson band around inside edge

 

Science

Degree Colour of hood
BSc, MSc Dark blue
BSc(Hons) Dark blue with dark blue band round outside edge
BOptom Blue green
MSLTPrac Dark blue with dark brown band round inside edge

 

Theology

Degree Colour of hood
BTheol, MTheol Forest green
BTheol(Hons) Forest green with forest green band around outside edge

 

The colour of the lining of the hood for the degree of Master of Philosophy is that of the masters degree to which the MPhil relates.

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Diploma regalia

  • The diploma scarves are black, lined with coloured satin with a band and trim of the same colour.
  • The design of the trim reflects a traditional Māori pattern symbolising the steps towards knowledge.
  • The colour matches the degree cluster most closely associated with the diploma.
Diploma Colour of scarf
Architecture Lemon
Arts Pink
Business and Economics Burgundy
Creative and Performing Arts Pink
Education Emerald green
Engineering Dark violet
Fine Arts Gold
Laws Light blue
Medical and Health Sciences Crimson
Music White
Pharmacy Grey green
Planning Chartreuse green
Property Silver grey
Science Dark blue
Theology Forest green
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Doctoral degree regalia

Higher doctoral degrees

  • The gown for higher doctoral degrees is the same as the Cambridge Master of Arts, but it is made of black silk or scarlet silk or cloth.
  • The hood is made wholly of silk and is of the following colours for the different degrees.

Degree Colour of hood
Doctor of Engineering Dark violet
Doctor of Laws Light blue
Doctor of Literature Pink
Doctor of Science Dark blue

Doctor of Philosophy

  • The gown for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy is as for the Cambridge Master of Arts with the addition of scarlet facings edged with gold satin.
  • The hood is made wholly of scarlet silk.

Other doctoral degrees

  • The gowns for the following doctoral degrees are the same as the Cambridge Master of Arts, faced with satin with the same colour as their hoods.

Degree Colour of hood
Doctor of Clinical Psychology Dark blue
Doctor of Education Emerald green
Doctor of Fine Arts Gold
Doctor of Medicine Crimson
Doctor of Music White
Doctor of Musical Arts White
Doctor of Pharmacy Grey green
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