Graduation dress

If you attend a graduation ceremony, you'll wear graduation dress. Find out what it will look like and how to wear it.

RMIT’s graduation dress is based on the Oxford style, so, if you're graduating at a ceremony, you'll wear a traditional black gown, a hood or stole and a mortar board or bonnet.

What will I wear?

What you'll wear is determined by your program’s discipline and the level of award you receive, e.g. Diploma, Bachelor or Master.

The colour of your hood or stole represents your program’s discipline.

Award Dress
Certificate and Diploma Coloured stole, black gown and black mortar board (a cap made from black cloth with a folding crown and a black tassel)
Bachelor andMaster Coloured hood, black gown and black mortar board
Double degree Graduates are entitled to wear two coloured hoods, representing each award, plus black gown and black mortar board
PhD Scarlet hood, black gown and black velvet bonnet with a red tassel.

Discipline Colour
Applied Science Honeysuckle
Architecture Cherry
Arts Magenta
Business Heliotrope
Design Silver grey
Education Turquoise
Engineering Spectrum blue
Health Science Violet
Law White
Nursing Fuschia
Pharmacy Opaline green
Public Health Peacock green
Social Science Buttercup
Social Work Powder blue
Technology Spectrum green
Doctor of Philosophy Scarlet red

How to wear your graduation dress

For instructions on how to wear your graduation dress, watch the video below or download the How to Wear Your Academic Dress Flyer (PDF, 435KB).


How to Wear Your Graduation Attire - Higher Education

A helpful guide to wearing your Higher Education academic attire when graduating from RMIT University.


How to Wear Your Graduation Attire - Vocational Education

A helpful guide to wearing your Vocational Education academic gown when graduating from RMIT University.

Where to get your graduation dress

You will receive an email before your ceremony advising you how and when to collect your graduation dress. Read more about the different RMIT graduation ceremonies.

Need help?

Contact Student Connect.

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