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The event, held recently at the University Staff Club, brought together about 60 people to catch up and reminisce about the long history of the organisation.
Group member Margaret Bahr said each of the former presidents spoke about a different era for the group, which has curated and run the university’s academic dress hire since the 1930s.
Ms Bahr said the funds raised through the hire of these items for up to 11 graduation ceremonies each year were put to good use by the group, by granting fellowships and awards to support women’s education.
These include the prestigious Graduate Women International Fellowships, Graduate Women New Zealand Fellowship (up to $12,000), and the Harriette Jenkins Awards towards the completion of a degree (up to $3000).
Money is also spent on buying new gowns, trenchers, and fabric, and the association employs students to help at busy times.
"We are a very active association, who use the funds we raise through the academic dress project to support women to reach their goals," Ms Bahr said.