From September 2015, the official provider of regalia/academic dress for The University of Queensland is Reed Graduations.
 
 
 
 Reed Graduations
 
Hire of Academic Dress
 
Collection and locations
Your academic dress is to be collected on the day of your graduation ceremony. You may collect your academic dress from TWO AND A HALF HOURS before the commencement of your ceremony and then have it returned within two hours after the conclusion of the ceremony. 
 
Locations for the collection of academic dress are as follows:
  • UQ St Lucia graduation ceremonies
    Level 2, Michie Building (9)
     
  • UQ Gatton graduation ceremonies
    From the lower level of Morrison Hall (8123) (December graduation ceremonies only)
 
Academic dress regulations
Academic Dress at The University of Queensland is governed by a series of regulations approved by Senate. The complete regulations can be found in the University's Yearbook and a summary is provided below.
 
Gowns
Most graduates, including holders of a Bachelor, Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma awards (excluding Doctor of Philosophy) wear plain black gowns. Those for Professional Doctorate and Masters graduates have long sleeves while those for all other graduates have short sleeves. Doctor of Philosophy graduates wear long sleeved black gowns with the front panels faced with bands of scarlet silk.
 
Hoods
Only graduates holding 'degrees' (i.e. Doctorate, Master or Bachelor) wear hoods. Colours are used to differentiate the different degree levels:
  • Bachelor- black hoods partially lined with pearl white silk;
  • Master - black hoods fully lined with rich blue silk;
  • Doctor - black hoods fully lined with either crimson silk (Doctor of Philosophy) or claret silk (Professional Doctorates);
  • Diploma and Certificate graduates do not wear hoods.

Stoles
Graduates from Certificate, Associate Diploma and Diploma programs wear stoles of pearl white or rich blue silk. Graduates from Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma programs wear stoles of either ruby or gold silk. If they already hold a degree (see Hoods), the stole is worn over the gown and under the hood of the academic dress appropriate for their degree.

Graduates from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are invited to wear stoles representing their respective community flags.
 
Headwear
Doctoral graduates wear a black velvet bonnet. All other graduates wear a black cloth trencher with a black tassel.
 
Holder of more than one degree
Graduates holding more than one degree are required to wear academic dress appropriate for the award being conferred at their graduation ceremony. Graduates having multiple awards recognised at a single cremony are required to wear academic dress appropriate to the highest award.
 
Ceremony attire
Smart attire beneath academic dress is required: for example, shorts, t-shirts, thongs, joggers and other casual clothing or footwear are not considered appropriate. Graduands may wish to take into account that academic gowns are predominantly black, are worn open at the front and expose the lower arms.
 
History of traditional dress
The vast array of gowns, hoods and caps are steeped in tradition. The black gowns worn by graduates are accompanied by hoods in a range of colours including pearl white, empire blue, red and gold depending on the degree awarded and level attained (Bachelor, Master, Doctor etc.).
The myriad gowns, hoods and caps worn at University of Queensland graduation ceremonies have evolved from the movement to adopt a distinctive style of academic dress that began in Europe's first universities in the 12th century.

At that time, both masters and scholars were usually members of the clergy, so early forms of academic dress were largely influenced by contemporary clerical garb.

The pileus, a common head-dress of medieval laymen, was adopted by the Church at the Synod of Bergamo (1311) and, in the same process as that of the cappa clausa, it became typical head-wear at universities. One variation of the style, the pileus quadratus (square cap) has developed into today's trencher (or mortar board) worn by most degree candidates. The velvet bonnet worn by doctoral candidates is an example of lay fashion in 15th century France.

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