Academic dress

Graduands participating in the graduation ceremony are required to wear academic dress, comprising a gown, hood / stole, and trencher / bonnet. USC has specific academic dress and colours.

Academic dress hire

Academic dress is hired for you when you submit your online RSVP and payment to attend the ceremony from your online invitation. It is very important that you submit your RSVP and payment by the advertised due date. Payment of the graduation fee includes hire charges for academic dress.

Purchasing academic dress

Graduands have the option to purchase academic dress. Contact Academic Dress Hire Service to discuss your options.

Higher degree by research graduands also have the option of purchasing complete academic dress regalia. Contact Student Central for more information.

Collecting academic dress

Prior to the start of the ceremony you are required to collect your academic dress. The times for collection are listed in the graduation day ceremony timetable.

Please note that once your academic dress has been collected you will be:

  • responsible for the care of the academic dress
  • required to sign that you have returned your academic dress or you will be charged for the replacement cost

In the event of rain it is recommended to place your trencher in a plastic bag to keep it dry, as water damage may result in being charged the replacement fee.

Wearing academic dress

You will be fitted and given advice on how to wear your academic dress when you collect your academic robes before the ceremony. USC staff will provide assistance before you cross the stage during the ceremony.

Each academic dress item is worn in a specific way. Refer to the pictures of the USC academic dress.

The hood is worn over your gown and lies across the shoulders. The hood needs to be fastened by a button on your shirt / blouse or dress.

The stole (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma) is worn around the neck with the tails of the stole falling over the front of the gown.

The square top of the trencher is worn horizontally, with the shorter peak of the trencher to the front and the tassel draped over the right side of the trencher.

The tassel is draped over the left side of the trencher during the ceremony.

What to wear under your academic dress

The dress code for the event is smart casual. Formal evening wear is typically too dressy.

Men: wearing a jacket under the gown is discouraged as these can be hot and bulky. A tie is considered appropriate.

Women: a shirt or blouse with buttons will assist in keeping the hood in place. Footwear should be smart but comfortable as you will be required to walk across the stage and stand for short periods.

Returning academic dress 

Academic dress must be returned to the designated area by the allotted time after the Graduation ceremony. Please note that you are required to sign that you have returned your academic dress or you will be charged for the replacement cost.

Failure to return hired academic dress will result in the replacement cost being charged to your USC account.

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USC academic dress

Award colours

For the purposes of academic dress the award colours are:

  • Violet - Natural and Physical Sciences; Agriculture; Environmental and Related Studies  
  • Academic Green - Information Technology; Management and Commerce
  • Spectrum Orange - Engineering and Related Technologies 
  • White - Health
  • New Gold - Education
  • Royal Blue - Architecture and Building; Society and Culture; Creative Arts
Academic dressExamples
Associate degrees
  • Black cloth bachelor’s gown in the style of the University of Cambridge
  • Black cloth trencher cap
  • Full-length black cloth stole
Associate degree academic dress, frontAssociate degree academic dress, back
Bachelor degrees (including combined and double degrees)
  • Black cloth bachelor’s gown in the style of the University of Cambridge
  • Black cloth trencher cap
  • Black cloth Oxford burgon-style hood lines with silk to a depth of 15 centimetres in the colour of the academic award field of education
Bachelor degree academic dress, frontBachelor degree academic dress, back
Bachelor (honours) degrees
  • Black cloth bachelor’s gown in the style of the University of Cambridge
  • Black cloth trencher cap
  • Black cloth Oxford burgon-style hood lined with silk to a depth of 15 centimetres in the colour of the designated colour with a two centimetre strip in black commencing three centimetres from the edge
Bachelor degree (Honours) academic dress, frontBachelor degree (Honours) academic dress, back
Graduate certificates
  • Black cloth bachelor’s gown in the style of the University of Cambridge
  • Black cloth trencher cap
  • Full-length black cloth stole edged to a depth of 2.5 centimetres in the designated colour
Graduate certificate academic dress, frontGraduate certificate academic dress, back
Graduate diplomas
  • Black cloth bachelor’s gown in the style of the University of Cambridge
  • Black cloth trencher cap
  • Full-length black cloth stole fully-lined in the designated colour

 

Graduate diploma academic dress, frontGraduate diploma academic dress, back
Master degrees
  • Black cloth master’s gown in the style of the University of Cambridge
  • Black cloth trencher cap
  • Black cloth Oxford burgon-style hood fully lined with silk in the colour of the faculty with a two centimetre strip in black commencing three centimetres from the edge
Masters academic dress, frontMasters academic dress, back
Professional Doctorates
  • Black cloth doctor’s gown in the style of the University of Cambridge with facings and sleeve linings in red
  • Black velvet bonnet with a black cord tassel
  • Black cloth Cambridge hood fully lined with silk in the designated colour
Professional doctorate academic dress, frontProfessional doctorate academic dress, back
Doctor of Philosophy
  • Black cloth doctor’s gown in the style of the University of Cambridge with facings and sleeve linings in new red
  • Black velvet bonnet with a red cord tassel
  • Black cloth Cambridge hood fully lined with new red silk.
Doctor of Philosophy academic dress, frontDoctor of Philosophy academic dress, back
Honorary Doctorate
  • Silk doctor’s gown in the style of the University of Cambridge Rifle Green
  • Black velvet bonnet with a cord tassel in Rifle Green
  • Cloth Cambridge hood in Rifle Green fully-lined with silk
Honorary Doctorate academic dress, frontHonorary Doctorate academic dress, back
Honorary Senior Fellow
  • Black cloth bachelor’s gown in the style of the University of Cambridge
  • Black cloth trencher cap
  • Full-length silk stole in Rifle Green
Honorary Senior Fellow academic dress, frontHonorary Senior Fellow academic dress, back
Council members
  • Academic dress appropriate to her or his degree, OR
  • Black cloth master’s gown in the style of the University of Cambridge with facings in Rifle Green
  • Black velvet bonnet with a cord tassel in Rifle Green
Council members academic dress, frontCouncil members academic dress, back
Yeoman Bedell
  • Black cloth master’s gown in the style of the University of Cambridge with appropriate black ornaments and with facings in Rifle Green
  • Black cloth trencher cap with black tassel
Yeoman Bedell academic dress, back

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