RMIT’s academic 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 mortarboard or bonnet.

Exactly what you'll wear is determined by your program’s discipline and the level of award you receive, e.g. diploma, bachelor, master.

Colours of hoods and stoles

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

Certificate and diploma graduates will wear a stole, while degree graduates wear hoods. If you're graduating with a double degree you are entitled to wear two hoods, one for each discipline. You'll wear a mortarboard (or cap) made from black cloth with a folding crown and a black tassel.

Professional Doctors wear a gown of black cloth faced with scarlet silk together with a hood of scarlet cloth edged with scarlet silk, and a black velvet bonnet with a red tassel.

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

Need help?

Please contact RMIT Connect.

How to wear your academic dress

Graduate in academic dress