regalia gowns

Regalia Hire Service

Graduate Women Canterbury Trust Board provides a service hiring regalia for graduations, school prize givings and casual hire. The proceeds from this service goes towards providing scholarships and awards for students of Canterbury and Lincoln universities, Ara Institute of Canterbury, Summer Studentships for the University of Otago Christchurch School of Medicine, and charitable donations to a wide range of community organizations in the fields of education, health, the arts and community services.

Graduation regalia

University of Canterbury – graduands should download the Regalia Orders form from the University of Canterbury graduation web page.

Lincoln University – graduands should contact the Graduation Office

Ara Institute of Canterbury - graduands should contact the Records Office

All Other Hires For all other information regarding the hiring of academic regalia, contact:
Phone 369 0604
PO Box 6733
Upper Riccarton
Our rooms are at 9 Creyke Road, Ilam. Office hours are Tuesdays between 9.30am – 2pm

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Question: Where do I collect my regalia?
    Answer: 9 Creyke Road, Ilam.
  • Question: Is the regalia only for women?
    Answer: No, we provide regalia for everyone.
  • Question: I cannot collect at the stated time, can someone else collect for me?
    Answer: Yes you can have a friend or family member collect. We will get them to fill in a form to say they are collecting on your behalf. It is helpful if you can give the person collecting a note of your head size.
  • Question: I haven’t ordered my regalia before the closing date, what do I do?
    Answer: Contact GWC Regalia Hire (03 364 2590) as soon as possible, you will need to pay the late fee.
  • Question: I have ordered and paid for my regalia but have to defer my graduation to a later ceremony, what should I do?
    Answer: We can place your order in our Transfer File. Then, when you are ready to graduate send us a form for the new ceremony with a note to say you are transferring from a previous ceremony. No further payment is required.

Tradition of Academic Dress

The practice of wearing academic dress at formal university events is an historic link to the medieval origins of the university and academic life.

While today, the wearing of gown, hood and trencher is largely restricted to ceremonial occasions, for the teachers and students of the twelfth and thirteen centuries these garments were their everyday wear, based on the clothing worn by the clergy, who, in the main, staffed the earliest universities.

The utilitarian medieval clothing has become a rich and colourful garb.  The colour of the hood indicates the degree of the wearer and while most bachelor and masters gowns are black, doctoral gowns can be very colourful and elaborate.  The officers of the university, are often resplendent in gowns decorated with gold lace.

For most graduates, the only time they will wear academic dress is at their graduation ceremony a tradition which dates from the twelfth century. At the University of Canterbury, all those choosing to graduate in person must wear the correct academic regalia for their degree.

How to put on your gown