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Graduation FAQs

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How early should I arrive?

Graduands need to be robed and in a designated area one hour before the graduation ceremony is due to begin. You need to allow additional time for car parking and robing – we recommend that you arrive 2 hours before your allocated ceremony time.

Guests should arrive no later than 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to start.

Please note that ceremonies will not be delayed for late-comers.

Can I request additional tickets?

No. Every graduand will receive invitations to bring two guests to the conferring ceremony. Unfortunately the college cannot meet requests for extra tickets. Please do not telephone to request additional tickets as these requests cannot be processed.

Can I postpone my conferring?

No. It is not possible to postpone one's conferring. All awards must be conferred at the conferring ceremony designated for that particular class.

Checklist for conferring day

To help make your day an enjoyable and memorable occasion for both you and your guest, please note the following:

  • Neat dress: Neat dress is essential.
  • Invitations: Carry your own invitation ticket that you have printed and ensure that your guests carry their own invitation ticket.
  • Good financial standing: You must have paid all fees and cleared all debts to the college in order to graduate.
  • Academic Robes: Collect Academic Robes from clearly signposted rooms in the CCD.
  • Guests: Show your guests their entry point and ask them to enter 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to start.
  • Assembly point. You need to be at the assembly point in full academic dress one hour before the ceremony is due to begin. You will be told of the assembly point when you register on the day.

What happens if I cannot attend my conferring?

If a graduand is unable to attend his/her conferring ceremony, the award will be conferred in absentia. The degree testimonium can be collected from the Student Services department from the 8th January 2018. Should you require your parchment to be sent by registered post, this will need to be requested from the Student Services Department on (01) 4498 640. A fee of €10 will apply to any request for registered post. Please inform us if you have changed address.

How long will the ceremony last?

The ceremony will last between one and a half and two hours. We ask guests and graduates to not leave the ceremony before it has finished.

Where can I collect my gown?

The robing room will be open on the evening before graduation in National College of Ireland, from 4pm - 6pm on 27th March.

All sizes and heights will be catered for. Please remember that it is your responsibility to return your Robes before you leave.

When will I be notified about my conferring ceremony?

You will be sent correspondence to your home address notifying you of the graduation details and how you can purchase your tickets online on the week starting 20th February 2018. Please check your student email regularly also.

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