Staff Academic Dress
The great variety of regalia worn by staff reflects the many different tertiary institutions throughout the world attended by our staff. Staff wear the regalia appropriate to the tertiary institution at which they were awarded their highest qualification.
Graduating Students' Academic Dress
Southern Institute of Technology gowns have a unique woven yoke design symbolising Scottish tartan, Maori design and Pasifika design, to blend in with the style of the traditional academic gown.
Hoods for Bachelor Degrees; Graduate Certificates/Diplomas; Postgraduate Qualifications; Masters' Degrees
The hood for the bachelor degree is lined with coloured satin and generally bordered with white fur. The hood for postgraduate qualifications is bordered with satin, and the hood for the master's degree has no border. Graduate certificate/diploma students wear the stole in the colour of their graduate certificate/diploma discipline.
The traditional black academic headpiece is known as a mortar-board or trencher cap; hence the expression "to be capped" when the mortar-boards are placed on the heads of the new graduates for the first time after they receive their degree certificates.
Graduate certificate/diploma and postgraduate students are not "capped" when they receive their awards.
The diploma stoles are black, lined with orange coloured satin with a band and trim of the same colour. The design of the trim reflects a traditional pattern symbolising the steps towards the knowledge.
Each diploma student wears the same stole, irrespective of the subject of study. Mortar-boards or trenchers are traditionally not worn by diploma graduates.
The certificate sashes are navy blue and bear the SIT logo. The design of the sash is a pattern symbolising the steps towards knowledge. Each certificate student wears the same sash, irrespective of the subject of study.
Black gown / Orange Stole
Black gown / Trencher / Hood (degree colour) with fur
Black gown / Trencher / Stole (degree colour) without fringe
Black gown / Trencher / Stole (degree colour) with fringe
Black gown / Trencher / Hood (degree colour) with white trim
Black gown / Trencher / Hood (degree colour) with purple trim
Black Masters' gown / Trencher / Hood (degree colour), no trim
SIT Degree Colours
A different coloured hood is attached to each subject area. Hood colours for degrees, graduate certificates/diplomas, and postgraduate qualifications at Southern Institute of Technology:
Applied Health Sciences
Fashion (Design and Technology)
Nursing / Art and Science of Health Care
Sport and Exercise
Therapeutic and Sports Massage
Postgraduate Diploma in Business Enterprise
Gold, Blue Trim
Guide to Wearing Regalia
How to Wear Academic Regalia
Gowns: Your arm should emerge though the opening high up in the sleeve of your gown.
Hoods: The hood should rest high on your shoulders, the square panel lies against your back and the hood proper should be folded diagonally and fall to the left to show the lining and/or fur.
Trencher: The cap for graduates is a black trencher with a tassel. The shorter peak of the cap goes to the front. The board should be flat on your head and the tassel worn to the left. In the capping ceremony, the graduand carries the trencher; the Council Chair tips a cap over the graduand’s head, who then puts on his/her own cap as a graduate.
Diploma stoles: Diploma stoles are worn around your neck and sit over the top of your gown.
What to wear with your regalia
As this is a formal occasion to celebrate your achievements and you are expected to dress appropriately.
- For males: dress trousers and shirts, or a formal suit
- For females: dresses, skirts or dress pants
- No jeans, sports shoes, caps, beanies, jandals, chewing gum, handbags, gumboots/boots, cellphones, cigarettes or alcohol
Students not meeting an appropriate dress code will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.
Please be aware that graduation day involves a lot of walking, including going up and down stairs, so very high heels may not be practical.
Please leave all items such as handbags and cellphones with your families/friends prior to the ceremony, and collect them after the graduation procession. Strictly NO smoking or consumption of alcohol or chewing gum while dressed in regalia.
Location: Hansen Hall, corner Forth and Ythan Streets (behind First Church). Please bring your own carry bag for regalia.
- For 11 December ceremony: Monday 7 December 10.00am–6.00pm or Tuesday 8 December 10.00am–5.00pm
If you are unable to collect your regalia at the times indicated above, please arrange for a family member or friend to do so on your behalf.
Queenstown students will collect their regalia on arrival at the Scottish Hall around 12 noon on graduation day.
SIT2LRN or out-of-province students
If you are a SIT2LRN student or an out-of-province student who is not able to collect regalia at the above times, you will be able to collect and pay for your regalia at SIT Hansen Hall between 9 - 10:45am on graduation day.
All regalia must be returned to Hansen Hall either after the ceremony or by 12 noon on on the Monday following the ceremony. Late return will result in a $50.00 penalty. You will be required to pay replacement costs for lost or damaged regalia as follows:
- Gown $350.00
- Trencher $80.00
- Hood $140.00
- Stole $140.00
Regalia Hire Cost
You will be able to pay for your regalia hire either online when you register or by cash or EFTPOS when you collect your regalia:
- $30.00 for Diplomates (students completing level 5-6 diplomas)
- $50.00 for Graduands with bachelor degrees; graduate certificates; graduate diplomas; postgraduate certificates; postgraduate diplomas and masters)
In addition, a $50.00 late registration fee applies if you register after the close-off date.