You are advised to dress in formal clothes for your Convocation. An appropriate choice for formal attire is shirt and tie for the gentlemen and evening gown for the ladies. You may also choose to wear a traditional dress.
All graduands must wear the Academic Regalia. The academic regalia consist of three separate pieces:
i - The Gown
ii - The Hood
iii - The Mortarboard
The convocation gown is made of heavy, black polyester fabric, with wide sleeves and is worn open at the front.
The convocation hood is made of the same heavy, black polyester fabric, lined with satin fabric. The colour of the satin lining corresponds to the Faculty colours.
The Mortarboard(Convocation Cap)
The convocation cap is black, with a black tassel and is identical for all graduands.
Step 1: Wearing the Convocation gown
Place your arms through the arm holes as you would wear a jacket.
The gown is designed to be worn open at the front.
Step 2: Wearing the Convocation hood
Find the opening at the bottom of the hood.
Ensure that the coloured lining is on the inside and the black fabric is on the outside.
Slide the hood over your head with the black side facing up.
Rest the hood on the shoulders of your gown.
Place a pin in the front to attach the hood to the gown.
Fold over a section of the hood so that the coloured lining is visible.
Place another pin at the shoulders to prevent the hood from sliding back over your shoulders.
Ensure that the hood drapes neatly at the back.
Step 3: Wearing the Convocation Mortarboard
There is a front and back to the convocation cap.
When you look at the cap from the side, one end of the cap is slightly longer than the other. The shorter end should be worn towards the front.
Please note that because of the shape of the convocation cap, ladies will not be able to wear their hair up in a bun, or in a high pony-tail.
The cap is topped by a square mortarboard. When worn correctly, the board forms a diamond shape. The tip of the front point of the diamond should align with your nose
Pin the cap to your hair to keep it in place
The tassel should be on the right-hand side before graduating and after graduating it should be moved to the left
Collecting and Returning the Academic Regalia
Process for collecting the Academic Regalia:
i. Graduands should submit the completed Regalia Hiring Form with the hiring fee on the stipulated date, time and venue in the 'Important dates' section.
ii. Please remember to collect the receipt for the hiring fee.
iii. Graduands must collect their academic regalia from the Collection Point on the specified dates (refer to 'important dates' section).
i. Graduands should bring the Hiring Fee Payment receipt and their Villa College Student ID card or their National ID card to collect the academic attire.
ii. Requests for academic regalia after the deadline will NOT be entertained.
iii. Graduands should NOT alter the robes in any way
iv. Academic regalia must NOT be hand-washed, or machine-washed. All 3 items of the regalia should be dry-cleaned ONL
v. To ensure appropriate fitting gowns & caps, graduands are advised to collect the academic regalia personally
vi. If you are unable to collect the regalia yourself, please submit the authorization letter with a representative.
Process for returning the Academic Regalia:
i. All graduates must return the academic regalia along with Academic Regalia Returning Slip to the designated Returning Point on the dates specified (refer to 'important dates' section).
ii. If a graduate returns the academic regalia after the specified date, a fine of MVR 50/- per day will be charged.
i. Your official transcript and certificates will be withheld until the return of the academic regalia.
ii. Villa College has the right to fine MVR 3000/- in compensation if the academic regalia is lost or damaged in any way.
iii. All graduates should submit the academic regalia Returning Slip when returning the items.