History of Academic Dress
The University of Sydney academic dress is based upon the Cambridge style of dress, originally designed for use at the University of Cambridge 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 commoner students based upon their clothing, helping all students attending the university feel equal. Today, universities such as USyd reserve the use of academic dress solely for use at graduations and other ceremonies.
Gown Regulations at Usyd
Unlike Oxford style gowns, which are used at other Australian Universities (such as the University of Melbourne), Usyd gowns are designed with open-slit sleeves at the bachelor and masters level. 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 Usyd are identical to masters gown, with red satin lapels (front facings), and unlike other universities PhD graduates also wear a mortarboard.
Mortarboard Regulations at Usyd
Matte-black mortarboards are required to be worn by all Bachelor, Masters and PhD graduates at the University, and must be made from either wool, felt, or a blend of the two materials.
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. 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 Usyd
Unlike most Australian and UK universities - which differentiate hoods by level of study or faculty - Sydney University is one of the only institutions to have a unique hood for every degree, resulting in hundreds of different colours and designs.
We provide a large range of hoods for Usyd bachelor, masters and PhD 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.
Edged and bordered with white fur
Copper and white, to a depth of 5cm
Edged with Copper
Edged with white
Edged with light maroon
Edged 5cm with copper and red brick
Edged 10cm with light blue
Edged with crimson and amber
Edged with purple and scarlet
Edged with Copper and Amber
Edged with Irish green and ivory
Edged 5cm with amber
Edged 5cm with purple and gold
Edged with crushed strawberry
Edged with amber and purple
Chile and spectrum violet, to a depth of 5cm