History of Academic Dress
The University of New England academic dress is based upon the Oxford style of dress, originally designed for those graduating with a bachelor of arts at the University of Oxford in the UK, and dating back to the 12th or 13th century.
Once worn daily at ancient universities in the UK, academic dress is thought to have been originally designed to prevent anyone from differentiating between the rich gentry and commoners based upon their clothing, helping all students attending the university feel equal. Today, universities such as UNE reserve the use of academic dress solely for use at graduations and other ceremonies.
Gown Regulations at UNE
Unlike Cambridge style gowns, which are used at other Australian Universities (such as the University of Sydney), UNE gowns are designed with open sleeves at the bachelor level, where the arms exit at the end of the sleeve instead of through the slit. The sleeve of a bachelor gown is open at the ends and hangs down to your waist, while masters gowns have longer sleeves that end around the calf, with closed, crescent shaped ends.
PhD gowns at UNE are made from a red fabric, with white lining in the sleeves and gold and white lapels (front facings), a red hood with white lining and gold trim, and black PhD bonnet.
Mortarboard Regulations at UNE
Matte-black felt / wool mortarboards are required to be worn by all Bachelor and Masters graduates, while PhD graduates wear velvet black bonnets.
These are designed with an unfixed black tassel, which is moved from the left to the right when receiving your diploma. We are proud to be the official supplier to universities around Australia of our uniquely design flexible-fit mortarboards and adjustable bonnets. These are made with a foam-laminate cup, allowing the mortarboards to be flat-packed for storage, and spring into shape when removed from the packaging. This looks much better and provides for a much more secure fit than any other soft mortarboard on the market.
Hood Regulations at UNE
UNE uses the British Colour Council (BCC) Dictionary of Colour Standards, 1951 edition, to define the discipline colours used in the graduation hoods. Hoods colours are delineated by discipline, rather than degree, with different colours lining the hood dependant upon the discipline the student is graduating from.
We provide a large range of hoods for UNE bachelor and masters graduates, and work hard to ensure the colours and shapes used match the requirements of the university, so you won't look out of place. Please see below for a list of colours used for each degree, or take a look at the full university regulations.