Regalia

When you attend your graduation ceremony you are required to wear the correct Murdoch University academic regalia. You can also wear other regalia, if entitled to do so, for awards completed elsewhere.

You will need to wear your regalia correctly to represent the award you are receiving. For awards not named, regalia is trimmed in the colour of the field of study.

Gown

All graduates wear a maroon gown. The doctoral gown is trimmed with coloured satin.

The gown is sized according to your height provided when you order your regalia. The gown is open at the front and your arms are to go through the full length of the sleeves.

Diploma gown
Bachelor gown
Doctoral gown

Mortar board or bonnet

The mortar board is worn by all graduates except doctoral graduates. Doctoral graduates wear the Tudor bonnet.

The tassel is placed across the front left quarter.

The mortar board is placed on the head with the longer point on the cap, worn to the back of the head.

Generally, the mortar board and bonnet are worn when standing, and removed when seated.

mortar board
Doctoral mortar board

Hood and sash

The hood or sash is trimmed or lined with coloured satin to represent the graduate's field of study.

The sash is worn by diploma and certificate graduates. It is placed around the neck and draped down each side of the gown opening.

The hood is worn for all bachelor degrees including honours, masters and doctoral degrees. The hood attaches to the gown by velcro strips on the shoulders.

It is draped down the back with the point of the hood folded to indicate the degree:

  • Bachelor – the hood is trimmed with satin and folded to the right
  • Honours – the hood is trimmed with satin and folded to the left
  • Masters and doctoral graduates – the hood is fully lined with satin and draped centrally down the back
The hood attaches to the gown by velcro strips on the shoulders. It is draped down the back with the point of the hood folded to the right if you are graduating with a pass degree.
Masters and doctoral hood and sash

Sash and hood colours

The colour you wear will depend on the award you are receiving.

  • Award
    Award Colour
    Bachelor of Arts Blue
    Bachelor of Business Tan
    Bachelor of Clinical Chiropractic Light green
    Bachelor of Education Gold
    Bachelor of Engineering Orange
    Bachelor of Laws Violet
    Bachelor of Nursing Yellow
    Bachelor of Science Green
  • Fields of study
    Fields of study Colour
    School of Arts Blue
    School of Education Gold
    School of Engineering & Information Technology Orange
    School of Health Professions Yellow
    School of Law Violet
    School of Business and Governance Tan
    School of Psychology and Exercise Science Grey
    School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Green
    College of Veterinary Medicine Purple
    Sir Walter Murdoch School Navy Blue
  • Research
    Research Colour
    Doctor of Philosophy Red
    Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science Purple
    Master of Philosophy Cream
    Research Masters (with training) Cream
  • Higher degrees
    Higher degrees Colour
    Doctor of Economics Tan
    Doctor of Literature Dark Blue
    Doctor of Science Green
    Doctor of Veterinary Science Purple
  • Honorary degrees
    Honorary degrees Colour
    Doctor of University White
    Doctor of Letters Dark Blue
    Doctor of Laws Violet