Academic Regalia Hire FAQs
WHERE DO I PICK UP MY REGALIA?
If you are attending a QUT graduation, your HIRED academic regalia will be issued on the day of the ceremony at the Queensland
Performing Arts Centre. You will be measured by our robing staff and supplied with the appropriate regalia. Graduate robing is
done in the Orchestra Room.
If you have chosen to PURCHASE your academic dress after the posting cut-off date your purchase will also be issued on the
day of the ceremony at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Graduate robing is done in the Orchestra Room.
MY ITEM DOESN’T FIT OR IS INCORRECT:
Please bring your regalia to the venue on the day of your ceremony and we will exchange it when you register your arrival and
proceed through to the robing area.
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE FOR MY QUT GRADUATION?
Graduates must arrive TWO HOURS prior to the start of the ceremony for registration and robing. Academic Regalia should be
returned one hour after the conclusion of your graduation. The mortarboard is YOURS TO KEEP.
CAN I GET MY HIRED GOWN PRIOR TO THE DAY OF THE GRADUATION CEREMONY?
No. Early collection of hired 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 regalia
and potentially inconvenience fellow graduands.
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.
CAN I ROBE MYSELF IF I HAVE MY OWN REGALIA?
No. All students must be robed by our robing team to ensure all students are stage presentable and wearing the correct regalia.
Our robing services are included in the QUT Guild gown hire and purchase prices. If you chose to bring along your own academic
dress, you will be required to pay a $10 robing fee at the registration desk.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY GRADUATION CEREMONY?
QUT graduates wear black 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.
WOMEN: A suit or semi-formal dress is preferable. No body glitter. Hairstyle should be suitable for the wearing of the mortarboard.
It is not possible to have your hair in a ponytail unless it is at the nape of your neck. It is also not possible to fit the mortarboard
over large hair clips.
MEN: A plain, dark, light weight suit OR long sleeved shirt and dark coloured trousers.
WHAT DO THE DIFFERENT HOOD COLOURS MEAN?
The colour of your hood is relevant to the QUT faculty you are graduating from. If you chose to bring along your own regalia,
please ensure that it correctly reflects your graduating faculty and level of qualification. If your regalia differs you will be required
to purchase or pay for hire of our stock for your ceremony.
WHAT LENGTH SHOULD THE GOWN BE?
Gown style should be reflective of your level of qualification and fall to the length of Mid-calf (half way between your knee and
ON WHICH SIDE OF MY MORTARBOARD SHOULD THE 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 you are photographed from the audience. After you have walked to the centre of the stage,
received your parchment and walk off the stage, you 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 GRADUATION SOUVENIRS ARE AVAILABLE?
For QUT July & December Graduations memorabilia are available in the QPAC Foyer. You will find souvenir mortarboard tassels
in your faculty colour with a silver or gold year pendant attached. There are also plush graduation bears in your faculty colour or
Handmade graduation bears in your faculty colour and level of qualification.
WHO ARE THE OFFICIAL QUT PHOTOGRAPHERS?
Elite Photo graphics
25 Cecil Street
Indooroopilly Q 4068
Phone: (07) 3870 5373
WHERE CAN I TAKE MY DEGREE TO GET IT FRAMED?
35 Elgin Street
Alderley Q 4051
Phone: (07) 3356 0909
NEED FURTHER INFORMATION OR ASSISTANCE?
Please be mindful that during QUT Graduations there may be a delay in response time.
Manager: Shelley Walker
Mobile: 0417 706 511