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Academic Dress

If you wish to participate in your graduation ceremony please be aware that it is a requirement of the University of Newcastle that you wear academic dress. At this University appropriate academic robes are a Cambridge gown, with a hood (the colour of your hood is determined by the degree you have completed) and a hat. Again, whether you wear a trencher or a bonnet is determined by your degree.

The gown is not a closed gown, so we suggest wearing "smart casual" or business clothing underneath. Remember, your photograph will be taken as you are presented with your testamur, and portrait photography is available by arrangement in the Shortland Union after your ceremony.

Your academic dress may be collected from Academic Dress on level 2 of the Shortland Building, which you access from the ramp in carpark 5. Please note that this area is easily accessible by wheelchair. You must also return your Academic Dress to this location within one hour of the end of your ceremony.

And don’t worry, there will be staff at the Great Hall on the day to assist you get in and out of your academic dress!

Register to attend your graduation here.

Casual hire of academic dress is also available.

For inquiries please phone (02) 49 854 132 or email ad-hire@newcastle.edu.au

Academic Dress is open 9am - 4pm, Monday to Friday during semester.