Otago Polytechnic

Academic dress

You will order your academic dress through the 'Registration to Attend your Graduation Ceremony' form via Student Hub when the form is open.

If you have not registered by the closing date, you will not be able to hire an academic dress for the ceremony and will not be able to attend the ceremony.

Please check the registration date 



You will order your academic dress and graduation trencher from your online registration form. 


Short and Petite, height 158cm or shorter


Short, height between 159cm -163cm


Medium, height between 164cm -176cm


Tall, height between 177cm -187cm


Extra Tall, height 180cm or taller

Size for graduation trencher

You require a trencher if you are graduating with a Bachelor, Graduate Certificate or Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, or Master.

Measure your head circumference in centimetres, measure around your head from the middle of your forehead and across the tops of your ears. 52cm - 65cm ( except 62cm and 63cm)





National Certificate



National Diploma



Graduate Certificate,

Graduate Diploma,

Postgraduate Certificate,

Postgraduate Diploma,



Hire from another Academic Institution in New Zealand
(Please note: Academic dress from overseas is not available)




Paying for your academic dress - NEW PAYMENT PROCESS VIA EVENTBRITE!

Once you have registered for graduation, a link to Eventbrite will appear on your student hub to pay for your academic dress, alternatively cash, cheque or eftpos payments will be available at Customer Services or by ringing 0800 762 786 to make a credit card/debit card payment.


You must notify the Graduation Team (graduation@op.ac.nz) at least five days prior to graduation if you are cancelling your order. Cancelled orders will be fully refunded into your bank account (please provide proof of account details). The processing of refunds takes up to 10 working days.

Hire from other Institutions

If you hire regalia from another academic institution and do not collect your regalia, you will still be charged for the hire.



Collection dates

Opening hours and dates for December ceremony



Wednesday 11 December 2019

Gown Room

9.30 am – 2.30 pm &
3.30 pm – 7.00 pm

Thursday 12 December 2019

Gown Room

9.30 am – 2.30 pm &
3.30 pm – 7.00 pm

Friday 13 December 2020

Gown Room

8.00 am – 2.00 pm



Return dates

All items of hired academic dress must be returned to the Gown Room at one of the above opening times. You will be charged replacement costs for any lost, damaged or soiled items of academic dress. The replacement value of a full set of Otago Polytechnic academic dress is $1000.

Academic dress can be collected and returned on your behalf by friends or family members. However, the responsibility for safe return of academic dress is still yours.

Friday 13 December 2019

Glenroy Auditorium Foyer 

1.30 pm - 3.00 pm &

4.30 pm - 6.00 pm

Friday 13 December 2019

Gown Room

3.00 pm – 7.00 pm

Saturday 14 December 2019 

Gown Room

11.00 am – 2.00 pm

Monday 16 - Wednesday 18 December 2019

Gown Room

9.00 am - 4 pm



Don't mess with the dress

Please look after your academic dress! Be careful taking it on and off, avoid getting it wet, and do not smoke while you're wearing it!




Gown Room location

Click here to see a complete campus map >


About Otago Polytechnic Academic Dress

The academic dress worn at Otago Polytechnic was designed in 1994 by third year students of the Otago Polytechnic Diploma in Fashion and Design course. By taking a Scottish style bachelor's gown as inspiration, the designers maintained the traditional Celtic link with Dunedin, while adapting the unique colours and motif from the Otago Polytechnic shield. By combining these two influences, the students established an appropriately traditional but unique and very distinctive look.