Academic dress

Wearing academic dress on ceremonial occasions is a university tradition. When you attend your Victoria University (VU) graduation ceremony you will be required to wear a traditional gown, hood or stole and cap.

Styles of academic dress

In Commonwealth countries such as Australia, it is common for universities to follow the style of Oxford or Cambridge universities in the design of academic dress. VU's academic dress is based on the Oxford style.

All VU undergraduate and postgraduate graduands wear a black gown. Doctoral candidates wear a red gown. The gown distinguishes undergraduate and higher degrees, with the hood or stole testifying to the discipline of the award.

The masters gown has a long narrow sleeve extension. The VE/FE and undergraduate gowns have a large slit in each sleeve.

Gown sizes range from size 42 to size 54. Gown size is based on the height of the graduand. The most common size is 48.

Bonnets and caps are doffed in acknowledgement of the Office of the Chancellor.

Certificates, diplomas and graduate certificates

Students graduating from a Certificate, Diploma or Graduate Certificate dress in a black trencher cap, gown and stole, with a facing in the colour of the award discipline.

The stole is placed over the head to sit flat on the shoulders and hangs down the front of the gown.

Certificate Associate Diploma Diploma
Student modelling certificate graduate stole Student modelling associate diploma graduate stole Student modelling a diploma graduate stole
Advanced Diploma Graduate Certificate Graduate Diploma
Student modelling an advanced diploma graduate stole Student modelling a graduate certificate graduate stole Student modelling a graduate diploma graduate stole

Undergraduate degrees

VE/FE and undergraduate gown sleeves have a large slit in each sleeve. Make sure that the arm goes straight through the sleeve and not through the slit in the sleeve.

The undergraduate hood is partly lined on the inside. The hood is placed over the head with colour displayed on both sides of the shoulders. The edges are curled so that colour is also displayed at the back of the hood.

Student models an undergraduate gown Student models an undergraduate hood

Postgraduate degrees

The master hood is fully lined with colour on the inside and a coloured stripe along the outside edge so that the colour is displayed on both shoulders and at the back of the hood.

The gown has a long narrow sleeve extension.

Student models a hood worn by Master's graduates Student models a masters hood - rear view

Doctorates

Doctoral candidates wear a red gown. The doctorate hood is the same style as the master hood, with the colour displayed on both shoulders and at the back of the hood.

Student models a doctoral candidate outfit

Indigenous Australians

The academic dress is the habit of their award together with a calf length black and red silk stole. The stole has:

  • gold tassels
  • a map of Victoria in gold silk
  • 'Victoria University' embroidered in gold on the left end of the stole
  • the sun in gold silk
  • 'Ngaga Jindi Woraback' embroidered in gold on the right end of the stole

Caps

Black caps are worn by VE/FE, Undergraduate and Master graduands.

The cap has a deep point and a shallow point. The shallow point is worn to the front. The cap should be worn so the mortarboard is level and not placed on the back or to the side of the head. The tassel is worn over the front left temple. Do not use pins to secure the cap as it needs to be removed for the national anthem.

Caps range in size from size 52 to size 63. The most common size is 56.

Doctoral candidates wear a bonnet.

Discipline colours

The colour worn over the gown is called a hood or stole. The following indicates what colour is worn for each discipline and what the different hoods and stoles look like.

Discipline Colour
Arts Ruby
Business Ultramarine
Education Cherry
Engineering Silver Grey
Health Science Old Rose
Law Parchment
Music Pansy
Psychology and Behavioural Science Buff
Science, Applied Science and Sport Science Spectrum Green
Social Studies Gold
Sport and Recreation Gold
Doctor of Business Adonis Blue
Doctor of Education Cherry
Doctor of Laws Pearl White
Doctor of Letters Ruby
Doctor of Philosophy Sapphire
Doctor of Psychology Old Gold
Doctor of the University Sky Blue

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