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How to Wear Academic Dress


Gowns are worn open and are designed to hang straight with a four-inch gap down the front.

Ceremonial hoods are pinned with the narrow black strip showing across the front gap of the gown. Hoods are colour-coded to identify the graduand’s field of study. If a person holds more than one academic degree, they should wear only one hood at a time.

Mortarboard and birretum are worn so the board or brim is flat above the head with the tassel hanging on the left hand side. Although mortarboard and birretum are worn during the academic procession and the ceremony, they may be removed during the national anthem.

Place hood over head with hood colours facing out and sides draped over shoulders. fold front strap of hood up so black fabric is showing across chest. Pin on both sides of chest.
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