Who we are

The company Academic Dress Hire Limited trading as GradGear, the business arm of Graduate Women Wellington Charitable Trust (GWWCT) provides academic dress for Victoria University of Wellington and a variety of other institutions for graduation ceremonies and school prize givings. 

Graduate Women Wellington is a branch of Graduate Women New Zealand - is a voluntary organisation of women graduates which focuses on peace and education. Funds provided from the hire of academic dress are distributed for academic scholarships and other educational causes.

What we do

Academic Dress Hire Limited (ADHL) trading as GradGear provides gowns, hoods, stoles and head gear for hire. Victoria University of Wellingon hoods and stoles may be purchased ready made.  PhD graduates wishing to purchase full academic dress should contact the ADHL Gown Room.

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Important News & Updates

December 2024 Graduation ceremonies 05 June 2024

We do not hire over the graduation period unless you… More

Buying Hoods 11 July 2023

Due to the unavailablity of some fabric at present, we… More

Casual Hires 11 July 2023

This website is for placing orders for a graduation ceremony… More

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About the trust





Graduate Women New Zealand (GWNZ) is a non-profit, charitable non-government organisation (NGO) working locally, nationally, and internationally to improve the status of women and girls, to promote lifelong education, and to enable graduate women to use their expertise to effect positive change. Graduate Women Wellington, a branch of GWNZ, operates its own activities including Academic Dress Hire Ltd trading as GradGear.  It hires academic regalia for graduation ceremonies, to raise funds for the Graduate Women Wellington Charitable Trust which distributes funds through generous scholarships, grants, and awards.

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