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GWC Regalia Hire

Changing the world by degrees

Profits from regalia hire fund our scholarships and awards

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How to hire

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Some frequently asked questions

Graduate Women Canterbury. A registered charity providing academic regalia hire since 1935 donating profits back to education.

On the UC Dovedale Campus | Wairarapa Building.  Go to car park 1 off Solway or Parkstone Ave.  Follow the signs for Wairarapa Building and you will see our flag and signage along the path/drive.

We are open from 9.30am – 2.30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays but extend our hours during times of UC, Lincoln and Ara graduations for collecting and returning regalia hire.

No, we provide regalia for everyone.

Yes you can have a friend or family member collect. Please ensure you give them your head size (circumference of your head measured above your ears in cm).

You can still order online however, you WILL pay the late fee.
The tertiary institutions do suggest you order your regalia at the same time you apply to graduate. If you are concerned you may not be eligible to graduate, we can always refund your money or transfer you to the next graduation.

We can hold your application and payment to transfer your information to the next graduation date. No further payment is required.

The hood is the fabric that is draped over your shoulder to signify the degree colour you are graduating with. If graduating with a post graduate qualification, there are PG stoles for UC and PG hoods for LU.

Please take this as your overall height. Our gowns are in certain height measurements and we will fit you to the closest size.

We fit you on the day you collect your regalia the week of graduation.

Who we are

GWC is a non-profit organisation who have been providing the service of hiring high-quality academic regalia to students and staff for tertiary graduations, school prize giving’s and for casual hire within the Canterbury region since 1935.

Profits from this service go towards providing scholarships and prizes for students of UC, Lincoln University and Ara Institute of Canterbury.

This means when you hire your academic regalia from us you are giving back to fellow students!

Our vision is to further education and equality.

Our pioneering and dedicated volunteer group of ‘women power’ helps to keep the costs low enabling us to increase our scholarship funding.

Interested in volunteering?

We are always looking for extra hands at times of graduation. If you are interested in helping, please email us on the form below or come visit us during our open hours.

Contact us

Get in touch

    GWC Regalia Hire
    UC Dovedale Campus
    Wairarapa Building
    Block ED15

    Christchurch 8041