Kā Weruweru Whakawhiwhi Tohu Graduation regalia

A photograph of two graduate students walking

Hire details

Regalia hired for graduation is supplied by the Federation of Graduate Women. Check your graduation guide for collection details.

There are penalties for late or non return of regalia. A $20 deposit is required. Non return of items means you will be charged at replacement cost.

Ara regalia


A black Cambridge style gown is to be worn under all Ara graduation colours.

The sleeves on the Cambridge gown have two openings. Undergraduates (certificates/diplomas) wear the gown with arms through the lower opening. Degree graduands (and graduates receiving diplomas) wear the gown with their arms through the upper opening.

Scarf - diploma and certificate

Worn by:

  • graduands receiving diplomas and certificates

Degree hood

The degree hood incorporates the Ara scarf. The hood is worn with the stole sitting on the shoulders and the hood hanging down the wearer's back.

See here for how to wear your regalia.

Hood lining colours

Each Degree hood lining is an individual colour denoting the degree content.

Bachelor's DegreeColourDepartment or School
Information and Communication TechnologiesJade
Department of Computing
Applied Management  Sky blue  Department of Business
Sustainability and Outdoor EducationForest green  Department of Humanities
Outdoor Education
Applied Science  Indigo  Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health  
Medical Imaging  Irish green  Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health  
Midwifery  Burnished gold  Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health  
Nursing  Purple  Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health
Musical Arts  Old gold  Department of Creative Industries Performing Arts  
Social Work  Red  Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health 
Performing Arts  Orange  Department of Creative Industries  Performing Arts  
Language (Japanese)  Pink  Department of Humanities  
Broadcasting Communications  Silver Grey  Department of Creative Industries Broadcasting
Design  YellowDepartment of Creative Industries   
Art and Design
Engineering Technology  Scarlet  Department of Engineering and Architectural Studies
Architectural Studies  Camel  Department of Engineering and Architectural Studies
Language (Māori)  Scarlet with kowhaiwhai design  Department of Humanities             
Te Puna Wānaka

Collecting and Returning regalia

For details regarding collecting and returning hired regalia hired please check the relevant ceremony guide.

Regalia refund policy

If you notify Ara that you are withdrawing from Graduation prior to the day of the ceremony, you will receive a full refund of your regalia hire costs including you $20 bond. However, if you notify us on the day you are withdrawing or simply don't turn up, we will only refund the actual regalia hire costs and not the bond money. This $20 is an administration cost.

To advise withdrawal from a graduation ceremony:

Phone: 03 940 8231

Email: graduation@ara.ac.nz