Academic dress information

Academic dress information

Academic Dress Information Sheet - Masters


Important information about the academic dress to be worn during your graduation ceremony

(No exceptions will be made) 

Each awarding Faculty/Institute/ Centre/School has its own academic dress. Given the specialised gowns and colours used for the ceremonies, it is important that only gowns from the University of Malta are used for these graduation ceremonies.


How to book

Kindly book your academic dress as early as possible by accessing this link: Booking Form 

Please make sure to fill in all the details correctly to ensure that you are given the right academic dress on the day of your graduation.


Prices and RIDT donations

The academic dress (which includes the gown, the hood and the trencher/biretta) can be booked for €50 (inclusive of VAT). This is an early bird offer until noon of Friday 18 February, 2022. After this date, the price for rental will be €65 (inclusive of VAT) and online booking will remain available until noon of Friday 18 March, 2022. These booking fees include a €3 donation to the University’s Research, Innovation & Development Trust (RIDT). While you may opt out of this initiative, your generosity is greatly appreciated and donations will go towards the funding of specialised medical research. All donations will be acknowledged.


Failure to book your academic dress

If you fail to book your academic dress online by the stipulated date, you may be refused entry into the Church and will have to graduate in absentia. In exceptional circumstances graduands who, for justified reasons, had not booked their academic dress online may obtain the academic dress on the day against payment of €100 (inclusive of VAT). Please note that only cash payments will be accepted on the day.


Refund policy

2020 Graduands: No refunds will be given. Should you need to change the date for renting the academic dress, kindly send an email to:

2021 Graduands: You are encouraged to book your gown even if you have recently completed the programme you are following but are still awaiting final results. In the event that you do not graduate during the March 2022 ceremonies, you will be entitled to a refund. Requests for refunds should be sent by email to: and should reach us by not later than noon of Wednesday 30 March, 2022 (the last day of Postgraduate ceremonies).


Returning the academic dress

Graduands of ceremonies starting at 14:00 are requested to return all items of their academic dress by not later than 16:00. For those graduating at 17:00, all items need to be returned by not later than 19:30. Should you fail to return the gown, hood and trencher/biretta by the stipulated time, an administrative penalty of €100 (inclusive of VAT) applies. If the gown is not returned after the ceremony, you will be required to pay for the gown, the cost of which is €800.


Robing process

You are kindly requested to collect your academic dress an hour and a half before the ceremony is scheduled to start from the Gowns Hall at the Valletta Campus. Entrance to the gowns hall will be through the Valletta Campus Side Entrance on Merchants Street (just next to the Church of the University, known as the Jesuits’ Church). To facilitate the handing over of the dress, you are kindly requested to present a copy of your booking order. Should you need assistance, representatives from the University of Malta will assist you in the robing process.


Hire of academic dress for private photoshoots

It is also possible to rent the academic dress for private photoshoots. The University of Malta will be making the academic dress available from Monday 25 April to Friday 27 May, 2022. To reserve your academic dress, kindly send an email to at least fifteen days in advance. Apart from the fee paid (€47) when booking the academic dress, a security deposit of €50 will also need to be paid when collecting the gown. This deposit will be refunded in full upon safe return of the academic dress. Gowns are to be collected and returned on the days and times indicated by our office. Collections and returns will take place from the University Merchandise shop located at Student House, Msida Campus (near the canteen).