Academic dress for graduation

It is mandatory for graduands to wear academic dress to their graduation ceremony. If you are not wearing appropriate regalia when you register on the day, you will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.

A recent review of conferral ceremonies and the University Dress Orders has resulted in a change to the ANU hood colours and reduced the cost of hiring/purchasing academic regalia.

For the ceremony you will need to hire/purchase appropriate regalia. This may include; a black robe, a hood/stole in the colour and style associated with your award/s and a trencher/mortarboard or bonnet (if applicable). If you are having two awards conferred, you will only need to hire/purchase one hood. 

For help with financial assistance please see the Graduation Ceremony Assistance Program offered by the ANU Student Association (ANUSA) and the ANU Postgraduate & Research Students' Association (PARSA). The ANUSA graduation ceremony assistance program can be found at this link.

Reed Graduation Services

Choosing to hire or purchase your regalia from Reed Graduation Services (Formerly known as Southam Studios) - the university's supplier - will help ensure a positive graduation experience. 

  • Regalia from Reed Graduation Services is guaranteed to be compliant with the University Dress Orders [the University cannot guarantee that regalia from other suppliers will be compliant];
  • Reed Graduation Services is the only regalia provider available on-site to assist graduands with dressing on the day and service support [if you source regalia from an alternate source, staff assistance for dressing will be unavailable on the day];
  • Reed Graduation Services will ensure you are dressed in the correct size and colour regalia and guarantee your pre-order will be filled. 

By hiring or purchasing your regalia from Reed Graduation Services, you can relax knowing you will be professionally dressed by trained staff and your regalia is compliant with legislation.

Hood/Stole Colours

The colours of each ANU academic college are:

College or Discipline


University wide multidisciplinary awards White
ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences Union Jack blue
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific Terracotta (Orange)
ANU College of Business & Economics Gold
ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science Claret (Dark Red)
ANU College of Law Purple
ANU College of Health and Medicine and ANU College of Science Green

Medicine & Health Studies within the ANU College of Health and Medicine

Doctor of Philosophy Smalt (Blue)