Otago Polytechnic

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Academic Dress

All graduating students must wear appropriate academic dress. Otago Polytechnic operates a hire service for academic dress, the proceeds of which go toward cleaning and maintaining the academic dress stock. You must register for graduation, otherwise you risk your academic dress not being sent up in time and, as a result, you may not be able to attend your graduation ceremony.  



Order your academic dress and graduation trencher from your online registration form. 

Size for academic dress


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. Available sizes range from 52cm to 65cm.





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)




To pay for your regalia


A. Internet Banking

Bank Name

ANZ Bank

Account Name

Academic Dress Hire

Account Number



Your Student ID No and “OP”

e.g. 1000012345OP

B. Via credit card 
Call Academic Dress Hire on 09 3581044 to make a credit card payment over the phone

C. Pay in person 
You can pay in person when collecting your regalia.



Cancellations should be sent to studentservices@op.ac.nz at least seven days prior to graduation. If you cancel within this time and have already paid for regalia, you will be refunded the costs, apart from a $10 administration fee. Cancellations made after this date will not be refunded.



Collection dates

Academic Dress is available for collection from Academic Dress Hire, 17 George Street, Parnell, Auckland

29 April

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

30 April

8:30 am - 6:00 pm



Return dates

Your academic dress may be returned at the Pullman Hotel after the ceremony, or at Academic Dress Hire (17 George Street, Parnell, Auckland) at the below times: 

Pullman Hotel

1 May

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Academic Dress Hire 

2 May

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Academic Dress Hire 

3 May

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Replacement costs will be charged 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.