"In relation to the Academic and Ceremonial Dress Order, the Vice-Chancellor informed Council that ... High gown hire costs are due in part to the plethora of hood colours tied to those in the Dictionary of Colour Standards of the British Colour Council. ..." From ANU Council Minutes, 22 March 2013During a conversation in the cafe, I suggested using Pantone, as this was already being used by the marketing department for colour coding printed and online publications:
*Derived from Pantone Formula Guide Solid Coated & Solid Uncoated, ISBN 978-159065268-8
Colour Pantone Colour Reference* Black Pantone Black C Blue 2718C Claret 208C Gold 122C Gold lace 1255C Green 7727C Lilac 524C Old gold 871C Purple 259C Sapphire 7685C Silver 877C Terracotta 165C Turquoise 306C Union Jack blue 285C Union Jack red 200C White Pantone White C
From: Table 1: Colours, ANU Academic and Ceremonial Dress Order 2014,16 June 2014My suggestion that the student's identity number be embroidered onto their hood or sash (or they have a badge), with a QR code, was not adapted. This would allow the students to be scanned as they approach the podium to collect their certificate, to verify it is the right person. Also anyone could later verify the person in a graduation photo was entitled to wear the gown they have. This would combat the problem which universities have with persons falsely claiming degrees.