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6 things no one tells you before graduating at the University of Malta
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Jillian Mallia

End of November and beginning of December is always a busy period at the University of Malta, with a number of graduations happening on the daily at both the Msida and Valletta campuses. It’s a happy day to look forward to for many graduates, but there are some things you need to know if you’re wearing your cap and gown this year.

1. The cap saga

While wearing the cap is what makes the whole experience, if you’ve got curly hair, we’re warning you from now – that ain’t gonna hold. You’ll be tilting your head at weird angles to balance it all night. #BeenThereDoneThat

2. That sash

If your sash begins to slide off your shoulders, you might need to pull what is known as an 'eagle'. Lift those arms up in the hopes of lifting that sash high enough to at least not trip in it. I’ve seen it being done… it works.

3. Speech after speech

It’s a special day, and Uni likes to commemorate it with speeches from student organisations, student reps and members of the University. You’ve got a good 30 to 40 minutes of hearing a number of people talk before the moment of truth comes along. It will be worth it though, we promise.

4. Tick tock

No, not the app. There’s a lot of time waiting around until your name is called to line-up and be checked (attire-wise) and given a little nudge to head up those stairs. Your hands might get tired from all the clapping, but everyone loves being cheered on, so keep at it.

5. Name pronunciation

Ooof, this is a big one. If you’ve got a difficult name to pronounce, don’t bother expecting the correct pronunciation. Well ma mmorrux il-boghod as we say in Maltese, even Marie was pronounced wrongly as MAAARI. I pity all the, er, very modern-named kids in this day and age.

6. You’ll be smashed the next day

Probably the most anticipated day following graduation: the BUSCADE! It’s the one day when it’s socially accepted to be piss drunk in public. And bonus: no one will question it, knowing you’re celebrating such a huge milestone in your life. #Passthebooze

Congratulations to all 2019 graduates!

2nd December 2019


Jillian Mallia
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Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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