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Approval authority
Vice-Chancellor and President
Responsible officer
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Designated officer
Director, Student Services and Engagement
First approved
12 June 2017
Last amended
14 June 2017
Effective start date
14 June 2017
Review date
14 June 2022
Status
Active
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Honorary Awards - Governing Policy

Academic Dress - Managerial Policy

1. Purpose of policy

This policy sets out the specifications and standards for academic dress for all members of the USC community. Academic dress, also known as regalia, is worn for all USC graduation ceremonies. Academic dress may also be worn at other formal university events at the discretion of the Vice-Chancellor and President.

2. Policy scope and application

The policy covers Council members, officers of the University, recipients of honorary awards, graduates and graduands of the USC.

Unless otherwise specified, staff involved in graduation ceremonies and/or academic processions should wear the academic dress appropriate to their own degree.

3. Definitions

Please refer to the University’s Glossary of Terms for policies and procedures. Terms and definitions identified below are specific to these procedures and are critical to its effectiveness:

B.C.C. refers to the British Colour Council numbering system, as described in the British Colour Council Dictionary of Colour Standards, 2nd edition, 1951

cloth traditionally means fabric made of wool, but cloth made of other materials, such as Rayon or recycled plastics, may be substituted where appropriate

trencher cap means a mortarboard

4. Academic Dress for Council members and officers of the University

Award Robe Cap
Chancellor Black cloth gown trimmed with gold braid on the sleeves and hem, with detailing embroidered on the shoulders and front facing in gold metallic thread A black velvet bonnet with a cord tassel in gold
Deputy Chancellor The academic dress appropriate to their own degree, or a black cloth gown in the style of the master’s gown of the University of Cambridge with facings in Adonis Blue (B.C.C.85) The academic cap appropriate to their own degree or a black velvet bonnet with a cord tassel in Adonis Blue (B.C.C.85)
Vice-Chancellor and President Black cloth gown trimmed with silver braid on the sleeves and hem, with detailing embroidered on the shoulders and front facing in silver metallic thread A black velvet bonnet with a cord tassel in silver
Deputy Vice-Chancellor The academic dress appropriate to their own degree
Pro Vice-Chancellor The academic dress appropriate to their own degree
Council Members The academic dress appropriate to their own degree or a black cloth gown in the style of the master’s gown of the University of Cambridge with facings in Adonis Blue (B.C.C.85) The academic cap appropriate to their own degree or a black velvet bonnet with a cord tassel in Adonis Blue (B.C.C.85)
Yeoman Bedell   A black cloth gown in the style of the doctor’s gown of the University of Cambridge with facings and sleeve linings in Adonis Blue (B.C.C.85) and sleeve trimmings in Jet Black (B.C.C.220) A black cloth trencher cap

5. Academic Dress for Honorary Awards

Award Robe Hood / Stole Cap
Honorary Doctorate A black cloth gown in the style of the doctor’s gown of the University of Cambridge with black facings and sleeve linings in Adonis Blue (B.C.C.85) and sleeve trimmings in Saffron (B.C.C.54) A black cloth hood in the style of the University of Cambridge fully-lined in Adonis Blue (B.C.C.85) with trimmings in Saffron (B.C.C.54) A black velvet bonnet with a cord tassel in Saffron (B.C.C.54)
Honorary Senior Fellow A black cloth gown in the style of the bachelor’s gown of the University of Cambridge A full-length black cloth stole fully-lined in Adonis Blue (B.C.C.85) A black cloth trencher cap
Emeritus Professor The academic dress appropriate to their own degree.
Distinguished Companion of the University A black cloth gown in the style of the bachelor’s gown of the University of Cambridge A black cloth hood in the style of the University of Cambridge fully-lined in Adonis Blue (B.C.C.85) A black cloth trencher cap

6. Academic Dress for Academic Awards

Award Robe Hood / Stole Cap
Doctor of Philosophy A black cloth gown in the style of the doctor's gown of the University of Cambridge with facings, sleeve linings and sleeve trimmings in Post Office Red (B.C.C.209) A black cloth hood in the style of the University of Cambridge fully-lined in Post Office Red (B.C.C.209) A black velvet bonnet with a cord tassel in Post Office Red (B.C.C.209)
Professional Doctorates A black cloth gown in the style of the doctor's gown of the University of Cambridge with facings, sleeve linings and sleeve trimmings in Post Office Red (B.C.C.209) A black cloth hood in the style of the University of Cambridge fully-lined in the designated colour A black velvet bonnet with a cord tassel in Jet Black (B.C.C.220)
Masters Degrees A black cloth gown in the style of the master’s gown of the University of Cambridge A black cloth hood in the style of Oxford Burgon fully-lined in the designated colour, with a 2 cm strip in Black commencing 3 cm from the edge A black cloth trencher cap
Graduate Diplomas A black cloth gown in the style of the bachelor's gown of the University of Cambridge A full-length black cloth stole fully-lined in the designated colour A black cloth trencher cap
Graduate Certificates A black cloth gown in the style of the bachelor's gown of the University of Cambridge A full-length black cloth stole edged to a depth of 2.5 cm in the designated colour A black cloth trencher cap
Bachelor (Honours) Degrees A black cloth gown in the style of the bachelor's gown of the University of Cambridge A black cloth hood in the style of Oxford Burgon lined to a depth of 15 cm in the designated colour, with a 2 cm strip in Black commencing 3 cm from the edge A black cloth trencher cap
Bachelor Degrees, including combined and double degrees A black cloth gown in the style of the bachelor’s gown of the University of Cambridge A black cloth hood in the style of Oxford Burgon lined with silk to a depth of 15 cm in the designated colour A black cloth trencher cap
Associate Degrees A black cloth gown in the style of the bachelor's gown of the University of Cambridge A black cloth hood in the style of Oxford Burgon lined to a depth of 10 cm in the designated colour A black cloth trencher cap
Diplomas A black cloth gown in the style of the bachelor’s gown of the University of Cambridge A black cloth hood in the style of Oxford Burgon lined to a depth of 5 cm in the designated colour A black cloth trencher cap
6.1 Pre-2012 Academic Dress

A graduate who has been admitted to an award at USC prior to January 2012 when this policy was first introduced, may continue to wear the academic dress and colours as prescribed at the time of their admission to the award, if they so wish.

6.2 Award Colours

With the exception of the Doctor of Philosophy, each academic award of the University will be allocated a designated hood or stole colour determined by the academic award Field of Education (FoE) and as approved by Academic Board.

Designated colours are:

Field of Education Hood / Stole Colour
01 – Natural and Physical Sciences 05 – Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies Violet (B.C.C 179)
02 – Information Technology 08 – Management and Commerce Academic Green (B.C.C 203)
03 – Engineering and Related Technologies Spectrum Orange (B.C.C 57)
06 - Health White (B.C.C 1)
07 - Education New Saffron (B.C.C 53)
04 – Architecture and Building 09 – Society and Culture 10 – Creative Arts Royal Blue (B.C.C 197)

7. Acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ancestry

USC has a strong commitment to Australian Reconciliation. To enable Indigenous Australians to have their ancestry recognised during graduation ceremonies, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have the option of wearing a stole incorporating the colours of the respective flags at their ceremony (red, black and Saffron for Aboriginal students and/or blue, green and white for Torres Strait Islander students – refer to http://www.dpmc.gov.au/government/australian-national-symbols/australian-flags). This will be in addition to wearing the hood and/or stole required for their degree.

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