You can hire your academic regalia through the Graduation Registration Form when the form is open.

Gown room location

The Graduation Gown Room is located in B Block, accessible from St David Street.

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What to wear with your gown

There is no prescribed dress code, but your graduation ceremony is a formal celebration of your achievement, and we encourage you to dress appropriately.

How to look after your academic regalia

You are responsible for each piece of academic dress you hire, we recommend you hang out regalia as soon as possible to ensure it remains crease free. Please do not pin anything to your regalia.

If you need to press any pieces, please note that always use a dry iron on low heat (i.e. no steam), with a cloth to protect the fabric.

Please note that the following can cause severe damage to regalia:

  • throwing trenchers into the air, and careless use of trenchers. Please ensure that the mortar board of your trencher is flat when stored.
  • makeup, tanning products, food and drink mark the regalia easily. Please be aware of this and be careful when using any products.
  • cigarette burns, car door marks and foot prints are often found on returned regalia. Please be careful to avoid these.

If any damage occurs to the regalia while in your hire you are likely to incur repair, cleaning and/or replacement costs.

Academic regalia breakdown

Graduating with a Certificate

If you are graduating with a certificate, you only need a blue gown.

Graduating with a Diploma

If you are graduating with a diploma, you need a gown and sash.

Graduating with a Degree

If you are graduating with a degree, you need a gown, sash, hood and trencher.

Graduating with a Honours Degree

If you are graduating with a honours degree you need a gown, sash, hood edged with dark blue and trencher.

Graduating with a Postgraduate Degree / Diploma

If you are graduating with a postgraduate degree / diploma, you need a gown, sash, hood and trencher.

Graduating with a Masters

If you are graduating with a master, you need a gown, single colour hood and trencher with gold tassel.

Wearing your academic dress

Facing

Buttoned onto the gown by shoulder buttons and lies flat down either side of opening of gown.

Hood

Buttoned onto the gown by shoulder buttons over the top of a facing.

Trencher

Worn with the shorter peak to the front, the longer to the back, top parallel to the ground and the tassel over the left eye.

Hood and sash colours

 

Architecture Arts Business, Tourism
Construction Design Engineering
Enrolled Nursing Hospitality Information Technology
Professional Practice Midwifery Nat Resources
Nursing Occupational Therapy Social Services, Beauty, Hairdressing
Sport, Massage Therapy Tertiary Education Veterinary Nursing

Regalia Hire Fees

Type of gown Cost
Certificate,New Zealand Certificate $30
Diploma, New Zealand Diploma $50
Bachelor $70
Graduate Certificate, Diploma $70
Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma $70
Master, Doctor $70

Payment for Regalia

You must pay for your academic regalia before you can collect it from the gown room.

You can pay by any of the below methods:

  • Pay online via Eventbrite
  • Pay with cash or EFTPOS at Customer Services
  • Pay with credit or debit card over the phone by ringing 0800 762 786

If your regalia is not returned at the times as stated above, you will be invoiced up to $1000 for the cost to replace the regalia.

Academic dress can be collected and returned on your behalf by friends or family members. However, it is your responsibility for the safe return of your own academic regalia.

Cancellations

You must notify the Graduation Team (graduation@op.ac.nz) at least five days prior to graduation if you are cancelling your order. Cancelled orders will be fully refunded into your bank account (please provide proof of account details). The processing of refunds takes up to 10 working days.

Gown collection & return times

To be advised closer to the ceremony.

 

Contact us

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