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Contact Officer

Ceremonies Officer, Student Support Services

Approval Date

27/03/2015

Approval Authority

University Academic Board

Date of Next Review

01/04/2018

10.3.1 QUT academic dress
10.3.2 Description of academic dress
10.3.3 University and faculty colours
10.3.4 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stoles
Related Documents
Modification History

This policy should be read in conjunction with the QUT Student Rules and the procedural information provided on the Student Services website.

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10.3.1 QUT academic dress

The gowns and hoods worn at QUT graduation ceremonies stem from a distinctive style of academic dress which emerged in the first universities in Europe in the twelfth century. The style was influenced by the fact that masters and scholars at that time were usually members of the clergy.

Colours have long been significant in denoting different academic disciplines and, more recently, levels of scholastic achievement. Standard gowns of different shape, length and sleeve design indicate the degrees of bachelor, master and doctor. There are other robes that signify the office rather than the award of the wearer, notably those of the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor.

The gowns worn by the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor of QUT retain a link with the style of academic dress in the older English universities. However, the QUT base material is a cooler wool blend rather than the traditional black silk damask or faille, and the dark blue colour is in keeping with the corporate identity of the University.

The embellishment used on the QUT ceremonial gowns (gold for the Chancellor, silver for the Vice-Chancellor) gives a distinct Queensland identity. Whereas traditional English festal robes are embellished with bullion braids in oak leaf of plate lace patterns, the Queensland floral emblem (the Dendrobium bigibbum or Cooktown Orchid) provides the theme for the QUT braids.

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10.3.2 Description of academic dress

CHANCELLOR / VICE-CHANCELLOR

Gown: Deep blue gown of Cambridge pattern embellished on the facings, sleeve edges, shoulders and collar with braids embroidered in gold (Chancellor) and silver (Vice-Chancellor) threads with the design theme based on the floral emblem of Queensland, the Cooktown Orchid.

Headwear: Dark blue trencher with gold (Chancellor) and silver (Vice-Chancellor) edging and tassel.

COUNCILLOR

Gown: Cambridge master pattern of black cloth with gold and cream embossed trimming and vertical gold edging.

Hood: Black hood fully lined with gold colour silk.

ALUMNI PRESIDENT

Gown: Deep blue gown of Cambridge pattern embellished with a 1cm silver braid.

Headwear: Deep blue trencher with silver tassel.

DOCTOR OF THE UNIVERSITY

Gown: Cambridge doctoral pattern of scarlet cloth with facings and sleeve linings in University blue.

Hood: Cambridge pattern of scarlet cloth, fully lined in University blue.

Headwear: Black velvet Tudor bonnet with gold cord and tassels.

HIGHER DOCTORATE

Gown: Cambridge doctoral pattern of scarlet cloth with gold linings and facings.

Hood: Cambridge pattern of scarlet cloth, fully lined in gold.

Headwear: Black velvet Tudor bonnet with gold cord and tassels.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

Gown: Cambridge master pattern of black cloth with red facings.

Hood: Cambridge pattern of black cloth fully lined in red.

Headwear: Black velvet Tudor bonnet with red cord and tassels.

PROFESSIONAL DOCTORATE

Gown: Cambridge master pattern of black cloth with appropriate faculty colour facings.

Hood: Cambridge pattern of black cloth fully lined with appropriate faculty colour.

Headwear: Black velvet Tudor bonnet with appropriate faculty colour cord and tassels.

MASTER DEGREE

Gown: Black, Cambridge pattern.

Hood: Black, fully lined with silk of appropriate faculty colour.

Headwear: Mortar Board.

GRADUATE DIPLOMA / GRADUATE CERTIFICATE

Gown: Black, Cambridge pattern.

Hood: Black, with 100mm band of silk of appropriate faculty colour together with a 25mm border of pearl white.

Headwear: Mortar Board.

BACHELOR DEGREE / HONOURS DEGREE

Gown: Black, Cambridge pattern.

Hood: Black, with 100mm band of silk of appropriate faculty colour.

Headwear: Mortar Board.

DIPLOMA

Gown: Black, Cambridge pattern.

Hood: Black, with a 50mm band of silk of appropriate faculty colour placed 50mm from the inside edge of the hood.

Headwear: Mortar Board.

ASSOCIATE DIPLOMA / DEGREE

Gown: Black, Cambridge pattern.

Hood: Black, with a 25mm band of silk of appropriate faculty colour placed 50mm from the inside edge of the hood.

Headwear: Mortar Board.

UNDERGRADUATE

Gown: Black, Cambridge pattern.

Headwear: Mortar Board.

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10.3.3 University and faculty colours

The main distinguishing colour of the University is PMS541 Blue.

Distinguishing colours of the faculties are:

Business - PMS279 Blue

Creative Industries - PMS247 New Fuschia

Education - PMS341 Green

Health - PMS165 Orange

Humanities Program - PMS304 Eggshell Blue

Law - PMS430 Grey

Science and Engineering – PMS327 Teal.

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10.3.4 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stoles

In addition to the prescribed QUT academic dress Indigenous students who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander may choose to wear an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander stole.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stoles acknowledge the important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within the QUT community. The design of the stoles and their colours are reflective of both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags (http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/otherflag.cfm).

Colour representations of the Aboriginal stole - black: the Aboriginal people of Australia; yellow: the sun; red: the earth and the colour ochre, which has ceremonial significance.

Colour representations of the Torres Strait Islander stole - green: the land; blue: the sea; white: peace; black: the Torres Strait Islander people.

Indigenous students who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander are provided with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander stole from QUT’s Oodgeroo Unit at a pre-graduation ceremony, to celebrate their achievements and to proudly recognise their cultural heritage.

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Related Documents

MOPP E/10.1 Graduation requirements

MOPP E/10.2 Award parchments

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Modification History

Date Sections Source Details
27.03.15 All University Academic Board Revised policy to include a new section for the Aboroginal and Torres Strait Islander stole
13.01.12 All Ceremonies Officer Periodic review - no change required
07.10.11 E/10.3.3 Registrar Revised policy to update new faculty name Science and Engineering. (deletion of the Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering and discontinuation of the use of the associated colour PMS209 Claret and approval of the use of the colour PMS 327 Teal for the new faculty)
21.11.08 E/10.3.3 Chair, University Academic Board Revised policy to update University and faculty colours (new colour for Faculty of Science and Technology, effective from 01.01.09; replaced QUT Carseldine with Humanities Program; updated University colour to PMS541 Blue)
01.07.05 E/10.3.2 University Academic Board Revised policy on academic dress for Alumni President (endorsed by Alumni Board 22.06.05)
14.11.03 All University Academic Board Updated policy (renumbered from E/10.1 to E/10.3)
17.12.01 E/10.1.3 Vice-Chancellor Approved distinguishing colour (Eggshell Blue) for QUT Carseldine (formerly Faculty of Arts)
24.10.01 All Council Approved distinguishing colour (New Fuschia) for Creative Industries Faculty
29.05.01 All Vice-Chancellor 1. Amended colour description for Faculty of Health

2. Approved academic regalia for higher doctorates
29.11.99 All Vice-Chancellor Approved academic regalia for Alumni President

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