Academic Regalia Hire FAQs

What should I wear to my graduation ceremony?
Can I get my gown prior to the day of my graduation ceremony?
What time should I arrive for my graduation?
Can I extend my gown hire and keep it for a few days after the graduation?
What length should the gown be?
On which side of the mortarboard should my tassel fall?
What do the different hood colours mean?
Can I wear the colours of my previous degree?
Can I pay cash at the ceremony for my gown hire?
I don’t have a credit card so how can I book online for my gown hire?
What graduation souvenirs are available?
How do I wear my Academic Dress correctly?
Who are the Official QUT Photographers?
Where can I take my degree to get framed?
Can I hire Academic Dress at anytime during the year or only during graduations?
What is the address of the Academic Dress Hire Office?

What should I wear to my graduation ceremony?

Queensland University of Technology graduates wear Cambridge style academic regalia. Gowns are open at the front. Graduates are reminded that this is a formal occasion. The goal is a formal, neat and tidy appearance.

FEMALE: A suit or long sleeved dress is preferable. Absolutely no mohair or body glitter. Hairstyle should be suitable for the wearing of the mortarboard. It is not possible to have your hair in a pony tail unless it is at the nape of your neck. It is also not possible to fit the mortarboard over large hair clips.
MALE: A plain, dark light weight suit OR long sleeved shirt and dark coloured trousers.

Can I get my gown prior to the day of my graduation ceremony?

No. Early collection of academic regalia is not permitted. This is so that sufficient gowns are available for all graduates attending scheduled ceremonies. Failure to adhere to this requirement can result in inadequate stock levels of academic dress and potentially inconvenience fellow graduands. If you are attending a QUT graduation, your academic dress will be issued on the day of the ceremony. At the Queensland Performing Arts Complex graduate robing is done in the Orchestra Room.

What time should I arrive for my graduation?

Graduates must arrive TWO HOURS prior to the start of the ceremony for registration and robing. Academic dress should be returned one hour after the conclusion of your graduation.

Can I extend my gown hire and keep it for a few days after the graduation?

No, You must return your academic dress hire one hour after the ceremony finishes. Consider purchasing academic dress from the QUT Guild if you need to use it for an extended period of time.

What length should the gown be?

Mid-calf (half way between your knee and your ankle).

On which side of the mortarboard should my tassel fall?

Before you cross the stage you are graduand, therefore your tassel is on the right. This also serves the practical purpose of not having the tassel in your face when your are photographed from the audience. After you have walked to the centre of the stage, received your parchment and walk off the stage, you are become a graduate and are entitled to wear your tassel on the left. All portrait photography should be done with the tassel on the left hand side.

What do the different hood colours mean?

The colour of your hood is relevant to the QUT faculty you are graduating from.
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Can I wear the colours of my previous degree?

No, you must wear the correct academic dress for the degree you are graduating from on the day. You can only wear one hood at a time.

Can I pay cash at the ceremony for my gown hire?

There are no facilities for cash payments at the graduation. If you are attending a QUT ceremony, you must book and pay online for your academic dress hire via the Online Payment page. Please print your receipt and bring it with you to your graduation.

I don’t have a credit card so how can I book online for my gown hire?

If you do not have a credit card, the alternative options are:
• PayPal
• Pay with the Visacard or Mastercard of a family member or friend (with their permission).
• Purchase a prepaid reloadable card. No bank account is required. Available from:
WOOLWORTHS OR BIG W (MASTERCARD)
Reloadable Prepaid MasterCard personalised with your name. Once the card is issued, you can load it with funds to use immediately.Load&Go is a Reloadable Visa Prepaid Card only available at Australia Post.

What graduation souvenirs are available?

In the robing room at your ceremony or in the QPAC Foyer (For July & December Graduations only) you will find souvenir memory tassels in your Faculty colour or black, with either a gold year drop or the QUT logo. There are also graduation themed fridge magnets & badges, graduation bear pins, and key rings.

How do I wear my Academic Dress correctly?

As part of the service of hiring your Academic Regalia through QUT Guild Academic Dress Hire our trained robing staff dress you in your gown, hood and mortarboard prior to your ceremony. We will also be at the side of the stage to check you’re looking great immediately prior to presentation.

Who are the Official QUT Photographers?

Elite Photographics
25 Cecil Street
Indooroopilly Q 4068
Phone: (07) 3870 5373
Email: enquiries@elitephotos.com.au

Where can I take my degree to get framed?

Matisse Framing
35 Elgin Street
Alderley Q 4051
Phone: (07) 3356 0909
Email: info@matisseframing.com.au

Can I hire Academic Dress at anytime during the year or only during graduations?

Academic dress hire is available all year round. When there are no QUT graduations, the hire period is up to one week. Please email gowns@qutguild.com with the following information:

  • Your name
  • The title of your degree eg Bachelor of Business
  • Your full height in centimetres
  • Your mobile phone number
  • The date you wish you collect

What is the address of the Academic Dress Hire Office?

Our office is open Monday to Friday. After hours fittings are available by appointment.
When the office is unattended, you may leave a voice mail message or email and we will respond promptly to your enquiry.

Manager: Janette Corporal
Phone: 07 3276 0601
Fax: 07 3711 5184
Mobile: 0417 706 511
Address: Unit 1/16 & 17 Mahogany Court, Willawong Q 4110
Email: jcorporal@qutguild.com