|Stoles are also called scarves and are worn by diploma and postgraduate diploma recipients. Not all Universities or Institutions have a Stole or Scarf to represent a diploma. ie: University of Waikato has no Stole.
The style of stole/scarf and colours vary from institution to institution.
The stole/scarf is worn around the shoulders with the coloured trim at the front.
Degree Hoods are usually black and made from the same fabric as the gown. They have a coloured lining. The coloured lining usually denotes the qualification being awarded. Colours and styles vary from institution to institution. The Waikato University degree hoods are all the same colour. The colours are noted below:
Bachelor - Black outer with gold lining
Bachelor Honours - Black outer with gold lining and gold trim
Masters - Gold outer and gold lining - All gold satin hood
PhD - Red outer and red lining - All red satin hood
The hood is worn hanging down the back, and is kept in position by the neckband which passes over the customers head. The hood is draped at the back to show a section of the coloured lining on the right hand side with the black outside fabric covering from the left side as shown in the picture.
The hoods are heavy and will move about if they are not properly secured.