Gown hire


All Otago Polytechnic graduands must appear at its public ceremonies in their prescribed dress. For graduation you must hire or buy the appropriate academic regalia.

You can hire your academic regalia through the Graduation Registration form via your Student Hub when the form is open. If you have not registered by the closing date, you will not be able to hire academic regalia for the ceremony and will not be able to attend the ceremony.

Regalia Hire Fees


Type of gown



New Zealand Certificate



New Zealand Diploma



Graduate Certificate,

Graduate Diploma,

Postgraduate Certificate,

Postgraduate Diploma,




Payment for Regalia


You must pay for your academic regalia before you can collect it from the gown room.


You can pay by any of the below methods:

Pay with cash, cheque, or EFTPOS at Customer Services

Pay with credit or debit card over the phone by ringing 0800 762 786


Pay online here for regalia hire for 10 March 2022   Pay online here for regalia hire for 11 March 2022


If your regalia is not returned at the times as stated above, you will be invoiced up to $1000 for the cost to replace the regalia.

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

After Your Academic Regalia

You are responsible for each piece of academic dress you hire, we recommend you hang out regalia as soon as possible to ensure it remains crease free.  Please do not pin anything to your regalia.

If you need to press any pieces, please note that always use a dry iron on low heat (i.e. no steam), with a cloth to protect the fabric.

Please note that the following can cause severe damage to regalia: 

  • Throwing trenchers into the air, and careless use of trenchers. Please ensure that the mortar board of your trencher is flat when stored.
  • Makeup, tanning products, food and drink mark the regalia easily. Please be aware of this and be careful when using any products.
  • Cigarette burns, car door marks and foot prints are often found on returned regalia. Please be careful to avoid these.

 If any damage occurs to the regalia while in your hire you are likely to incur repair, cleaning and/or replacement costs.


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.