All students to be conferred must wear the correct Academic Robes as directed by the National University of Ireland:

Students are free to search for academic gowns on their own behalf provided they comply with the Academic Dress Code as above.

The official robemakers for NUI Galway are Phelan Conan Ltd.  

Gown Hire for Conferring Ceremony

Phelan Conan Ltd are currently offering free nationwide home delivery on all graduation gown hires for NUI Galway. This will enable you to celebrate your achievement by holding your own graduation, while taking pictures in your gown and enjoying the day at home with your family and friends. Click on the link to see a short video - Graduate at home with gowns from Phelan Conan.

For any students who have booked and would still like to receive the gown please contact with new required date and we will send in advance of that date.

For any student who has yet to book but who would like to hire a gown for photographs or Family celebration you can still make the booking on,  when you are making the booking enter the date gown required within the ‘special requirement field’ and we will send in advance of that date.

If you hired a gown already for this year you will receive free hire of gown again next year once on site graduation takes place. 

Students who request a refund for booking already made will be refunded and can arrange this refund by contacting

Please visit and select 'graduate gown hire' to book your gown (€45 which includes nationwide home delivery). The gown will then be delivered to your address, or can be collected in store if preferred.

Phelan Conan Pre-Booking Instructions

Graduands may pre-book their robes using their on-line booking service at Cost of robe hire is €45. Online - Using Google Chrome if possible, please go to and select “student hire”. Select NUI Galway and follow the instructions until you receive a reference number. This reference is your proof of payment so please bring it with you on the day along with photo ID. When booking online it is essential that you select NUI Galway and that you select the correct award that you are to be conferred with - otherwise you may receive the incorrect robe. If you need assistance regarding your online booking you can email Phelan Conan directly at

Please note: Due to the implementation of a personal 3D secure password during the credit card payment process Phelan Conan Ltd staff are no longer able to take bookings over the phone. This 3D secure password has been created to protect your online payments and if you don't already have one you can activate it by following the simple instructions during the booking process. If you experience any difficulties with the 3D secure process, please contact your bank.

'On the Day' Hire

(should any graduand not have been able to book and pay online). Cost of Hire: €50 (non returnable). No cash will be accepted on the day.

When it comes to wearing mortar boards, the same conventions apply to male and female students. Please note the following from the NUI Academic Dress booklet - Note: Caps are an integral part of academic dress for all those being conferred with the Degrees of Doctor and Higher Doctor. For all other qualifications the wearing of caps has become optional, although in practice many conferees choose to wear caps.

Return of Robes

Robes must be returned on the same day as you are conferred. Please confirm the time for return of the robe with Phelan Conan on collection. Please also view the conferring office website at for Phelan Conan closing times in relation to the conferring ceremonies.  Any costs arising from failure to return the robe by the due time are the responsibility of the graduate.

Phelan Conan Contact details

Phone: 01-4295300