Hoods & Stoles

What is the academic hood, graduation stole or coloured sash worn at my graduation?

The coloured hood, stole or sash you wear at your graduation ceremony represents both your university and the type of award you have achieved. It signifies your level of study, whether it be a bachelor degree, a master degree, diploma or certificate. The graduation colour usually denotes your area of study or faculty. Therefore there are many different styles and colours across Australian Universities.

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All you need to know about Australian graduation hoods, academic stoles and sashes

There are many different styles and colours of graduation hoods

There are many variations to academic hoods and colours across Australian universities. This is because each university has its own particular academic dress specifications.

What this means, for example, is that a graduate of applied science from say, RMIT, will wear an entirely different graduation hood to that of a graduate of applied science from the University of Sydney.

Moreover, interpretations of colour may change between universities. For example, Swinburne University malachite green is different from that of University of Melbourne malachite green.  Sometimes, the base fabrics of graduation hoods are of colours unique to the institution, such as is the case with Macquarie University (Macquarie gold hood base fabric), similar to that of UNSW, or Monash University (Monash Turquoise base fabric).

You may find that the colour signifies the level of award achieved, as is the case with University of Queensland Graduation gowns and UQ academic dress. Another variation may be that the style or cut of the academic hood will vary according to the level of award, as is the case of University of Melbourne Doctoral hoods that are made in Cambridge style, whereas University of Melbourne bachelor, master and PhD graduates wear Oxford style hoods.

What is the difference between Oxford style and Cambridge style academic hoods?

Terms such as ‘Oxford style’ or ‘Cambridge shape’ refer to the varying styles and patterns worn at British universities from which Australian and Commonwealth academic hood types have derived.

Some say that Cambridge versus Oxford style in the UK was once like Sydney versus Melbourne academic dress tradition. However, both styles are worn at universities in either Australian states so therefore this is no longer really the case. Interesting though, for regalia enthusiasts like us!

What is an academic stole or graduation sash?

An academic stole or graduation sash is simply placed around your neck, and the two front faces drape down either side of your front. Stoles are often worn by diploma and postgraduate award recipients.

Some graduation sashes and stoles may be made in a variety of designs, such as plain, pleated or with square back design. We often design and make stoles with embroidered or printed logos. Stoles can also feature multiple colours. We also make Indigenous, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stoles for various universities.

Australian classifications of graduation hoods

Over time, developing from British precedents, the patterns for Australian university graduation hoods, stoles and sashes have evolved so that we now have a variety of designs unique to Australian academic dress. Some changes from British precedents may be slight, though if we consider all things such as pattern, dimensioning, fabric sourcing and fabric type to name a few, graduation gown and academic dress manufacture has changed dramatically across the globe since such British precedents originated.

Some naming and classification based on these origins still applies, although some designs of Australian academic dress are quite different and do not really fall under the basic categories of either the Oxford or Cambridge style. Take, for example, the unique hoods worn by UTS graduates (University Technology Sydney) or the beautiful academic hoods and stoles worn by graduates of Curtin University in Western Australia.

The result is that we believe Australia can now claim a classification of academic dress styles unique to Australian Universities and our educational institutions!

At George H Lilley Regalia, we have had the pleasure of working with both local and international universities in the design and manufacture of graduation hoods and academic dress unique to the institution.

 

 

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