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Dalhousie students and graduates may borrow academic dress throughout the year for photographs, however, please note that unfortunately we cannot loan out academic dress between mid-May and mid-June. This is necessary in order to ensure that we have all academic dress available for our convocation ceremonies. We encourage you to schedule photo sessions before mid May and after mid June (before mid September and after mid October for Fall Convocation).  

Many local photographers have gowns and Dalhousie hoods on hand, so you may wish to check with them before reserving items.

To borrow academic dress, email convocation@dal.ca with your request. We recommend that requests be made at least two business days in advance of your scheduled session to ensure availability.

When borrowing academic dress, you will need to provide your student ID number. If the gown, hood, mortar board and/or birretum are not returned on or before the agreed upon return date, the full cost of each item will be charged to your student account.

Pick up and drop off: 

Registrar's Office, Rm 125, Henry Hicks Academic Administration Building