UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

What to wear

The academic dress of this University is patterned on that of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, with modifications based on the model of the University of London, and certain individual features, particularly in the costumes of office bearers and the hoods for degrees of bachelor and master.

Dress for Office Bearers

The Chancellor wears a scarlet silk gown with a broad facing of black velvet down each side, embroidered in gold and a black velvet cap with gold cord and tassels.The Vice-Chancellor and Principal wears a blue silk gown with a broad facing of gold silk down each side, embroidered in blue, the sleeves being lined with gold silk. The cap is of the same design as that of the Chancellor.

The Chairman of Council wears a black silk gown with a broad facing of red velvet down each side and around the neck, the sleeves being lined with gold silk. The cap is of the same design as that of the Chancellor.

The academic dress of the Deputy Vice-Chancellors and the Executive Director: Finance is the same as that of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, except that the colour of the facing and sleeves of the gown and of the cord and tassels of the cap is silver-grey.

The gown of the President of Convocation is of blue silk, with a broad facing of gold silk down each side, the sleeves being lined with white silk. The cap is the same as that of the Chancellor, but with a blue cord and tassels.

The Registrar and the Financial Controller wear black silk gowns with a broad facing of blue silk down each side, bordered with gold braid. The cap is the same as that of the President of Convocation.

A member of Council wears a black silk gown with a broad facing of gold silk. The cap is the same as that of the Chancellor.

The gown of the President of the Students’ Representative Council is black with a broad facing of blue satin.

Graduands’ Gowns

The gown for all degrees of bachelor and master of the University is black, of the same pattern as the gown for a Master of Arts at the University of Oxford.

The gown for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy is scarlet, after the University of London pattern.

The gown for a senior doctorate is the same as that for the PhD, but with a gold satin facing on each side of the gown and with the sleeve button and cord in gold.

The Academic Hood

The academic hood is the principal feature of the costume for holders of our degrees of bachelor and master. The hood for the PhD is standard; it does not matter in which faculty the degree was taken. It is scarlet silk, lined with white silk.

Degree colours

The hoods reflect the colour or colours of a particular degree or associated degrees

Where do I get my gown and hood?

All graduands are required to wear prescribed academic dress to ceremonies. Those obtaining a degree must have a gown and hood, and those obtaining a diploma or certificate must have a gown. The preferred supplier of the University’s academic dress is:

Dippenaar & Reinecke
752 Park Street (Corner Park & Beckett Str) Arcadia, Pretoria,
Tel: 012 3432945
Fax: 012 3432559
Web: www.d-r.co.za 

  • Please note that Dippenaar & Reinecke (D&R) will have the academic dress delivered to the University on the day of the ceremony.
  • D&R will have stock of gowns/hoods available in Room CB228, Central Block from 7am on the day of the ceremony for all sessions. The Graduation Office does not deal with the hiring of academic dress.
  • Please liaise directly with the company if you intend to purchase your academic dress.
  • Gowns/hoods do not need to be booked in advance as D&R will bring sufficient gowns/hoods to each ceremony.
  • You may wear your hood/s from previous degree/s. Please contact D&R directly for any “additional” hoods that you may require. An amount of R100 will be charged for each extra hood.
  • Please note that D&R deals on a cash basis when hiring out gowns.