Description of Regalia items
Members of the University must appear at its public ceremonies in their prescribed dress. For graduation you must hire, borrow, or buy the appropriate academic regalia as listed below:
- Gown - there are four types of gowns: a black Bachelor's gown, a black Master's gown, a maroon gown for PhD, DClinDent, EdD, and DMA degrees, and a scarlet gown for other doctoral degrees
- Cap - the cap for all Masters' and Bachelors' degrees is a black trencher or 'mortar board' (as pictured right). Doctoral graduates wear a black velvet cap
- Hood - this hangs around your neck and down your back and the colour of the hood lining denotes the degree
Regalia is worn for only one degree at a time, for instance you should not mix a Master's gown with a Bachelor's hood.
Only one hood is worn at a time, therefore if you are receiving two degrees, you should choose which hood you will wear at the ceremony. You will not need the second hood for formal purposes, but may still wish to hire this for photographs.
Regalia hire volunteers and graduation marshals will advise you on wearing your regalia correctly.
Which Regalia items to wear
Graduating with a Degree
If you are receiving a degree (including a doctoral degree) you need a trencher (or cap), gown, and hood. You must wear your gown and hood to the ceremony, and carry your trencher (or cap) until you have received your degree.
Graduating with a Second or Postgraduate Degree
If you are receiving a second or postgraduate degree, you wear the regalia appropriate to your new degree. As you will be capped again, you carry your trencher (or cap) until after you receive this degree.
Graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma
If you are receiving a postgraduate diploma, you wear the regalia appropriate to your degree (even if you obtained your degree from another institution), as diplomas do not have their own unique regalia.
As you are not being "capped", you must wear your trencher (or cap) while you are crossing the stage. Men should remove their trencher (or cap) for the National Anthem.
Graduating with a Diploma (including a Postgraduate Diploma), No Previous Degree
If you are receiving a diploma (including a postgraduate diploma) and do not hold a degree, you wear a black Bachelor's gown, without a hood or trencher.
What to wear with your Regalia
There is no prescribed dress code, but most graduands chose to wear smart, semi-formal daywear with their regalia. Please be aware that Graduation day involves a lot of walking, including going up and down stairs, so very high heels may not be practical.
Korowai and equivalent ceremonial garments of other cultures may be worn with academic regalia.
Academic regalia is normally hired from the New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women (Otago Branch). Proceeds provide funds for fellowships, awards, and grants.
You will select the regalia that you wish to hire and pay the associated charge by credit card within your eVision student portal. Please ensure that you make your payment at least five weeks before your graduation ceremony.
If you are graduating with a diploma or a postgraduate diploma, and obtained your degree from another institution, please note that we cannot guarantee the availability of regalia from anywhere other than the University of Otago.
If you have other family members who hold a degree and wish to hire regalia for photographic purposes, they must contact one of the regalia conveners for your ceremony directly to arrange this.
Information about collecting and returning your regalia, and contact details for the regalia conveners will be sent to you via email approximately 6 weeks prior to your graduation ceremony.
Payment for Regalia hire
You will be able to see how much you need to pay for regalia within your eVision student portal, and pay by credit card.
If you wish to purchase your own set of regalia there are two companies within New Zealand (links to their contact details appear below), who make regalia to order.
If you are wanting to purchase regalia to wear at your ceremony, please ensure that you allow plenty of time for this to be made and sent to you.
For further information about purchasing regalia including the cost, please contact either Ballantynes in Christchurch, or Étude Classique in Auckland, directly.