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Academic Regalia - Kākahu Pōtaetanga

Please note pre-ordering is essential

Please remember to collect your robes prior to your arrival at the Regent Theatre

Academic Regalia


You should wear a bachelor gown, or the robes of any prior degree you may hold.


If you have no prior degree, you should wear a bachelor gown and a Massey stole. If you have a prior degree you may wear the robes of your prior degree, or a bachelor gown, a Massey stole and a trencher.


You should wear a gown, a hood and a trencher or a bonnet as detailed below:

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Massey hoods are navy (university blue), lined with one of the following colours:

Applied Economics - Dioptase (Sea Green)

Applied Science, Health Sciences - Emerald (Green)

Arts, Development Adm, Public Policy - Rose Pink

Aviation, Aviation Mgt - Stonewhite (Cream)

Business Studies, Management, Sports Studies, Accountancy, Info Systems, Business Info - Indian Yellow

Business Administration - Tangerine

Counselling - Medici Crimson

Defence Studies - Pansy (Deep Purple)

Creative Arts, Māori Performing Arts, Performance Design - White

Education, Educational Psychology, Te Aho Tätairangi, Education Studies - Tuscan Yellow (Gold)

Educational Administration - Gull Grey

Information Sciences, Applied Statistics - Parma Violet

Māori Visual Arts - Silver on Black

Medical Laboratory Science - Jade

Nursing, Midwifery - Crocus (Mauve)

Philosophy - Post Office Red

Resource and Environmental Planning - Pale Blue

Science - Smalt Blue

Social Work - Horse Chestnut

Technology, Engineering, Ergonomics,  Dairy Science & Technology, Construction - Claret

Veterinary Science - Imperial Purple

Regalia hire

This service is provided by the Graduate Women Manawatu Charitable Trust Inc, trading as Academic Dress Hire, Palmerston North.

The academic regalia you require for your graduation can be ordered through the Academic Dress Hire website:

Collection and return of robes should be made from Academic Dress Hire, which is located at:

Refectory Road, University Avenue
Massey University, Tennent Drive, Palmerston North
Please see Graduation map and  Manawatu-campus-maps.pdf (2,109 KB)

Please also note:

  • Pre-ordering is essential.
  • For gown room opening hours, please see
  • The deadline for the return of all robes is Friday 15 May 2:00pm


First, put on the appropriate gown as in Fig 1. Please refer to academic regalia requirements as above.

Next put on your Massey degree hood (Fig 2) or diploma stole (Fig 3). The rear view of the hood as show in Fig 2 is the most important. It should be anchored at about the level of your collarbone, resting high on the shoulders (not slipping down over your arms). The square tail of the hood lies next to your back, with the coloured lining concealed. The open cowl part should be turned inside out for a small part of its width to display some of the lining colour. The diplomas stole is worn down the front of your gown as in Fig 3.

Please do not wear your hat until your qualification has been awarded (see "Receiving the Award" above). Trenchers (Figs 4 & 5) are worn with the deeper peak at the back; the board should be horizontal and the tassel may fall to either side. If wearing a bonnet, the tassel should fall to your left as in Fig 6.

If you are wearing a korowai, it should be worn over the gown and under the hood as shown in fig 6.

For more details, please see Wearing Academic Dress

Graduation dress code

Due to the importance of the occasion, participants should be suitably dressed. Appropriate dress is considered to be:

MEN: Suit and tie and applicable academic dress

WOMEN: Semi-formal clothes and applicable academic dress

Maori Korowai or other national dress may be worn with academic regalia (see Fig 6). International students may prefer to wear their national dress with academic regalia.

Participants will not receive awards unless appropriately dressed. The final decision on whether dress is appropriate will rest with the Marshal.

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