What you'll wear

If you're graduating at a ceremony, you'll wear the traditional academic dress of black gown, a hood or a stole and a mortarboard.

RMIT’s academic dress is based on the Oxford style, and exactly what you wear is determined by your program’s discipline and the level of award you receive, e.g. diploma, bachelor, master.

Scroll down for colours and sizes. 

Hire your academic dress

For the Melbourne Graduation Ceremony and Parade

Collection
Pick up your academic dress at one of our Gown and Ticket events.
Cost
The cost is included in your graduation fee. 
Return As you leave the ceremony.

Not attending the Melbourne Ceremony?

If you've already graduated, you can hire academic dress between April and September.

Complete the Academic dress hire request form and:

  • email it to graduation@rmit.edu.au, or 
  • post it to:    

Academic dress hire request
Exams, Awards and Graduations
RMIT University
GPO Box 2476
Melbourne Vic 3001

We'll then email you a direct link to our online payment system where you can pay by VISA or MasterCard. Remember to bring a copy of your receipt when you collect your academic dress.

Cost $60 + $150 deposit.
Collection and Return

When: April to September, Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm

Where: RMIT Building 88, Level 9 - 440 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 3000

We'll refund the deposit to your credit card within approximately three business days after you return the items hired (unless any items are lost, returned damaged or late - then we may retain it).

 

Colours of hoods and stoles

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

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.

Professional Doctors wear a black gown faced with the colour of their award discipline.

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

Gown sizes

Your gown size is determined by your height and is intended to be loose fitting.

Gown size

cm

feet and inches

XS

156 and under

5' 1" and under

S

157–166

5' 2" to 5' 5"

M

167–176

5' 6" to 5' 9"

L

177–186

5' 10" to 6' 1"

XL

187 and over

6' 2" and over


Mortarboard sizes

You'll wear a mortarboard (or cap) made from black cloth with a folding crown and a black tassel. Mortarboards are loose fitting and may need to be secured with hair clips.

Size

cm

Small

53–55

Medium

56–59

Large

60–63

To determine your size, measure the circumference of your head just above the ears.

Doctorate bonnets

If you're graduating with a doctorate you'll wear a black velvet Tudor bonnet with a coloured cord and tassel.

Need help?

Email your questions to graduation@rmit.edu.au.

And how to wear it...

Graduate in academic dress