Academic dress

Award level style of dress





Faculty colours

All examples are shown as a diploma stole.

Art, Design and Architecture

(Spectrum orange)


(Old rose)

Business and Economics

(Peacock green)




(Rose beige)

Information Technology

(Spectrum green)



Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

(Victrix blue)

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences




The gown is a three-quarter length robe with full-length, flowing sleeves and drapes open at the front. Your clothing will be visible, so you should wear something appropriate for a formal occasion.

The hood represents the cowl worn by monks to cover the head and shoulders. The Monash hood is turquoise with the edging and trimmings identifying the faculty and award. It has a button loop to attach to your clothing to keep the hood in place.

If you're graduating with a double degree, you'll wear the colour of your managing faculty.

A trencher cap is worn by all graduates except doctorates. The cap is worn flat or horizontal with the tassel down over the left eye.

A bonnet is worn by doctorates. This is made of black velvet, trimmed with peony red or gold cord and tassels.

The Indigenous stoles acknowledge the cultural heritage and history of the Indigenous people of Australia. They are reflective of both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.

Indigenous students and staff have the option to wear an Indigenous stole. You can enter your preference when you apply to graduate.

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Hiring academic dress

Your graduation fee includes academic dress hire. When your eligibility to attend a ceremony is confirmed, we'll email you instructions to register your gown selection. Make sure you do this right away so you'll have the correct size gown ready for collection on your graduation day.  Coursework graduates get to keep their trencher cap after the ceremony.

For collection and return details, see what to do on the day.

Buying your academic dress

If you wish to purchase your academic dress, please contact the service team at GFP Graduations:

Phone: 1300 360 445 (from within Australia)

If enquiring from outside Australia, please email and the team will phone you as needed.

What to wear on the day

Because a graduation ceremony is a formal occasion, it's best to dress as if you're attending a business interview. The graduation gown is a three-quarter-length robe that drapes open at the front, so your clothes will be visible. Make sure your footwear allows you to walk up and down a few flights of stairs.

You'll be wearing a hood or stole with your academic gown. The hood has a button loop to keep it in place so you should wear a shirt or blouse with a button (or sew a button on your top).

Academic dress for staff and individuals

Staff and the general public can hire academic dress to wear at graduation ceremonies.

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