Academic dress of University of Melbourne
The academic dress of University of Melbourne describes the formal attire of robes, gowns and hoods prescribed by the Statutes and Regulations for undergraduates, graduates, officers and honorands of the university. This follows the Oxford style for the gowns and hoods for the Bachelors and Masters degrees. For its doctorates, Melbourne follows the style of Cambridge.
The hoods are all black (of size and shape those of the Oxford MA; i.e. Burgon simple-shape) lined with the colour specified for the relevant faculty or degree, and bound with white (on the lower edge) for bachelors, and no binding for masters. The faculty or degree colours are specified in the University Regulations. Formerly, Pass degrees were bound in fur and Honours in silk — however the distinction no longer exists. Bachelors wear an Oxford Bachelors gown, and Masters an Oxford Masters gown. The undergraduate gown is the same as the bachelors, but the sleeves must not be split. Masters may wear the mortar board, however undergraduate students and Bachelors are not permitted to wear the mortar board. This rule is strictly applied and extends to graduation photography as well as the ceremony itself.
The academic dress for a PhD consists of an Oxford masters gown, faced in scarlet, with a black hood lined in scarlet, and a bonnet with a scarlet cord. Higher doctorates are scarlet, lined and faced in the colour of the faculty/degree, with a larger scarlet hood lined in the colour of the faculty/degree, and a bonnet with a gold cord.
Occasions for Academic Dress
Dignitaries, visitors and residents of the residential colleges wear their academic regalia to formal dinners several nights per week during the lecturing semester (varying depending on the college). Some residential colleges dignify their fellows with distinct gowns.
|Faculty or School||Colour|
|Architecture, Building and Planning - all degrees||magenta|
|Arts - all degrees except Social Work||stewart blue|
|Economics and Commerce - all degrees||sky blue|
|Education - all degrees||malachite green|
|Engineering - all degrees||gold|
|Graduate Studies||pea green|
|Land and Food Resources - all degrees||old gold|
|Law||white; white with black band for undergraduate hoods|
|Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences:|
|Melbourne Business School||sky blue with gold band|
|School of Enterprise||empire blue|
|Science - all degrees except Optometry (including Biomedical Science and Bachelor of Arts and Sciences)||olive green|
|Veterinary Science - all degrees||garnet|
|Victorian College of the Arts – all degrees||lemon, with the VCA pentagram embroidered in black on each shoulder|
Definition of colour names:
|cardinal||B.C.C. 186||chartreuse green||B.C.C. 171|
|cherry||B.C.C. 185||dove grey||B.C.C. 123|
|empire blue||B.C.C. 87||garnet||B.C.C. 160|
|gold||B.C.C. 114||jade||B.C.C. 122|
|juniper||B.C.C. 192||lemon||B.C.C. 52|
|lilac||B.C.C. 176||magenta||B.C.C. 198|
|malachite green||B.C.C. 23||mink||B.C.C. 169|
|old gold||B.C.C. 115||olive green||B.C.C. 78|
|pea green||B.C.C. 172||petunia||B.C.C. 109|
|sky blue||B.C.C. 162||stewart blue||B.C.C. 149|