Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Ceremony Information

For information on the full graduation process, tickets and venues visit the ECU graduations webpage. 

Academic Dress

All graduates attending the ceremony are required to wear the appropriate academic attire - gown with a hood and mortarboard or bonnet.
As your graduation is a formal event, we recommend wearing business attire under your gown and comfortable shoes.
Academic dress can be hired from this website.
Students are encouraged to obtain their academic dress from GFP Graduations who are the University's preferred supplier.
For information relating to the Academic Dress please use the following link.  

Graduation Services

GFP are the official suppliers of graduation photography and merchandise for ECU.
Please click here to view the range of services available at your ceremony.

Contact Us

For any issue and enquiries, please contact our customer support representatives at:,
call our customer support team at Australia: 1300 360 445 - (International: +61881661896)
or fill out the form here to send us feedback
If your enquiry relates to our booking system, your questions may already be answered in our helpful FAQs

Academic Dress

Academic Dress Collection Times and Locations

Pre-Ceremony Academic Dress Collection:

  • Date: 27th and 28th January 2024
  • Time: 9am –  6pm
  • Location: Building 22 ECU Joondalup Campus 

Important Graduation Dates

Ceremony Day Academic Dress Collection & Returns:

  • Date/s - 3rd and 4th February 2024
  • Time - 8am to 8pm (both days)
  • Location – Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

More information is available on the Tickets and Regalia webpages.

Ceremony Day Academic Dress Collection & Returns:

  • Date - 24th February 
  • Time - 1pm to 8pm 
  • Location – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre

Academic Dress Information

Do I have to wear academic dress to participate in my graduation ceremony?
Yes. You will be required to wear the prescribed academic dress for the degree or diploma in which you are graduating.
This includes a gown, a mortarboard, hood and/or stole in the appropriate colour.

I am receiving a double degree, how do I order my academic dress?
If you are receiving both degrees in one ceremony, then you only need to place one order.
You will only need to wear the hood for the ceremony you are attending or the highest award you are receiving.
If you are receiving your degrees in separate ceremonies, then you will need to place two orders, one for each ceremony.
Please ensure you check the University's website to confirm your requirements.

How do I book my academic dress?
GFP Events provide an easy online solution to order and pay for your gown hire. Simply go to and follow the prompts.
Once you have completed your order you will receive an email confirmation.
If you have any queries, please contact Customer Service at or 1300 360 445.

When do I hire my academic dress?
Academic dress will be open for booking 4-6 weeks before your ceremony

How do I work out my gown size?
When you place your order online you will have the option to select your size e.g. extra small, small, medium, large etc.
We will also ask for your height, this will allow us to ensure you have the correct size.

Can I get help if I am unsure how to wear the Academic Dress?
Yes! GFP team members are available throughout the PCEC to assist you on ceremony day, look out for us!
GFP team members are also stationed within the ceremony hall to assist all graduands prior to crossing the stage. 

When do I return my academic dress?
Gowns must be returned after you have finalized your photographic and graduation services within 2 hours of the ceremony finishing.
*Failure to return your academic dress within this period will incur a late fee.
Please refer to the Terms & Conditions below

What if I don't have a credit card - can I pay cash?
We highly recommend you use our secure online ordering system to ensure availability. Your receipt will be emailed to you.
Please print and present this receipt at the Gowning counter to collect your academic dress.
Alternatively, you can contact GFP to make a booking to pay on the day using cash and/or debit transactions.

Do I have to wear anything specific under my gown?
It is important to note the gown is open at the front; therefore what you are wearing underneath is visible.
It is for this reason we recommend you wear business attire and comfortable shoes.
If the day is warm, you may want to remove your jacket as the gowns are quite heavy and it may be hot in the auditorium.

How much will my academic dress hire cost?
Regalia prices vary depending on your requirements, as a general rule -

Bachelor/Masters Degree
A complete set to hire (Gown, Hood, Mortarboard) - $95

A complete set to hire (Gown, Hood, Mortarboard) - $160

Individual items:

Gown - $45

Hood - $35

Mortarboard - $20

Terms and Conditions
Return of academic dress - academic dress is to be returned within 2 hours of the conclusion of your ceremony.
Failure to return the academic dress on time will incur a charge equivalent to the balance of the purchase price of the regalia.
Cancellation of order - If you need to cancel your order please contact Customer Service to arrange your refund.
Generally, refunds are not applicable if your cancellation occurs within 3 days of your ceremony.

How to wear your academic dress

It is important to remember the clothing you wear to your graduation ceremony will be visible as you walk across the stage. Neat, casual attire is most appropriate, with a shirt and tie recommended for male graduates. It is best to avoid jeans and sneakers. Please also note that a mortarboard must be worn as part of your academic dress, which should be kept in mind when planning your hairstyle.

Gown - The gown is worn over the top of your clothing like a jacket, a full description for your degree level is listed below.

Faculty Hood - For all degrees, the hood is then placed over the top of your gown and worn with the colour hanging down the back of the gown and the V at the front of your neck. (For Graduates wearing a button shirt, there is a button hook to allow you to hook the hood on to stop it from moving about)

Mortarboard - The Mortarboard is worn with the shallow part to the front of your head and the deep part at the back of the head, with the tassel placed on the left-hand side of the head (over your heart).

Academic Dress Sizes

Please note - your height is the best indicator when choosing your gown size


XXS 130 - 150 cm 4'2" - 4'9"
XS 150 - 160 cm 4'9" - 5'3"
S 160 - 170 cm 5'3" - 5'6"
M 170 - 180 cm 5'6" - 5'9"
L 180 - 190 cm 5'9" - 6'2"
XL 190 cm + 6'2" +


Other Services

Studio Photography
Leave your graduation photos to the experts.
GFP’s photography team will provide you and your family with a professional studio session that includes a wide range of individual, family and fun images.
Save time on your ceremony day and pre-order your Studio Photography package online.
For more information and to pre-order please sign in to the Graduation Portal.

Stage Photography
GFP professional photography team will capture your moment on stage.
Prints including the university logo, border and year of graduation are available for pickup at the conclusion of the ceremony.
Your stage photo will also be available to view and purchase through our website following your ceremony.
Pre-order your stage photograph package today through our Graduation Portal.

Framing & Plaques
Add the finishing touch to your degree certificate with a ready-to-hang frame or plaque. 
Our on-the-spot framing service provides a professional option with a choice of mat colours, custom designed for your University award. 
Our plaques, available in Gold or Silver, can be mounted on a variety of bases and are a wonderful way to display your certificate at home or the office.
To pre-order your frame or plaque please sign in to the Graduation Portal.

Bears & Charms
Cute little bears, all dressed and ready to take home.
Available in a range of sizes with a graduation gown, mortarboard and a hood the same colour as yours!
Click here to pre-order your bear and have it ready to collect at your ceremony.

Ceremony Video
A professional record of the graduation ceremony, including your moment on stage!
Click here to view our range of Ceremony Video options and pre-order today.
For more information about our graduation services please click here.