DCU Graduation - February 2022

Autumn 2022 Graduation

to
Venue
The Helix
Is registration required?
Yes
Free of charge or ticket price
Free of charge

Graduations are a huge milestone in the DCU journey - a culmination of years of hard work and an opportunity to celebrate your achievements with your classmates, friends and family.

The DCU Events team, together with our colleagues in Registry, manage your graduation celebration end to end, ensuring a lasting, memorable experience for all of our graduands.

The Autumn 2022 graduations take place on 24, 25, 26 and 27 October in the Helix on Glasnevin Campus. There are three ceremonies per day, taking place at 10am, 1.15pm and 4.30pm - check your DCU email account for a direct invite to your graduation. Please note, all graduands must be registered and seated 20 minutes before the ceremony start time. 

Consult our Autumn Graduation 2022 schedule to find out when your ceremony takes place. 

Graduations: An A-Z Guide

There are lots of important elements that go into your graduation day - from prebooking academic robes and arranging photographs to downloading your guest tickets and making sure you have enough time to get through registration before your ceremony begins. Please read through the guide below to help you start to plan your day. If you cannot find the information you are looking for in the guide below, please contact us on graduation@dcu.ie

 

The Helix is wheelchair accessible - please do let us know if you or your guests require assistance to access the venue or other parts of the campus. It is particularly important that we know of any difficulty you may have accessing the stage to receive your parchment. 

If you have any questions at all in relation to access, please get in touch with us on graduation@dcu.ie and we would be happy to help. 

Correct academic dress must be worn at graduation. You can prebook in the 'Gown Hire' section at www.phelanconan.com until Wednesday, 19 October 2022 for €43; if you do not pre-book you can pay on the day, though the hire fee is slightly more expensive at €45.

When booking your robes, please ensure you select the correct faculty and award - otherwise you could graduate in the incorrect robe/different robe to your classmates.

We strongly encourage you to collect your robes on the day before your ceremony if possible. This will avoid excessive queues on graduation day.

If you are collecting your robes on the day, then please allow adequate time for collection well in advance of the ceremony.  If you are not robed and seated at least 20 minutes before the ceremony begins, unfortunately it will not be possible to allow you to graduate in person.

You should, in addition, ensure that you are attired in a neat and presentable way. It is strongly recommended that you bring safety pins and hair clips with you to secure your cap and hood.

Please note that the wearing of mortar boards is optional for male and female graduands.

The robes you hire may be collected and returned to the Robing Room, in the Venue section of the U Building. 

Robes may be collected at the following times:

Monday 24 October 2022

Ceremony Time 

Collection Time

10:00

Saturday, 22 October 10am – 1pm
Monday, 24 October 8am – 9:30am

13:15

Saturday, 22 October 10am – 1pm 
Monday, 24 October  10:30am – 12:45pm

16:30

Saturday, 22 October 10am – 1pm 
Monday, 24 October 1:45pm – 4pm

Tuesday 25 October, 2022

Ceremony Time 

Collection Time

10:00

Monday, 24 October 5pm – 8pm 
Tuesday, 25 October 8am – 9.30am

13:15

Monday, 24 October 5pm – 8pm 
Tuesday, 25 October 10:30am – 12:45pm

16:30

Monday, 24 October 5pm – 8pm 
Tuesday, 25 October 1:45pm – 4pm

Wednesday 26 October, 2022

Ceremony Time 

Collection Time

10:00

Tuesday, 25 October 5pm – 8pm
Wednesday, 26 October 8am – 9.30am

13:15

Tuesday, 25 October 5pm – 8pm 
Wednesday, 26 October  10.30am – 12:45pm

16:30

Tuesday, 25 October 5pm – 8pm 
Wednesday, 26 October 1:45pm – 4pm

Thursday 27 October, 2022

Ceremony Time 

Collection Time

10:00

Wednesday, 26 October 5pm – 8pm 
Thursday, 27 October 8am – 9.30am

13:15

Wednesday, 26 October 5pm – 8pm 
Thursday, 27 October 10.30 – 12:45pm

16:30

Wednesday, 26 October 5pm – 8pm 
Thursday, 27 October 1:45pm – 4pm

Please note that you need to be registered, robed and in your seat 20 minutes before the ceremony start time. For example, if your graduation ceremony start time is 10am, please leave enough time to arrive at the Glasnevin campus, get outfitted in your robe, register/sign-in at the Helix and get to your assigned seat no later than 9.40am. 

When you arrive at The Helix, you will be directed to the first floor to register and receive your assigned seat. This process takes approximately 10 minutes. Please note guests will be seated separately from graduands. 

Registration closes 20 minutes before the scheduled ceremony start time - so it is essential that graduands arrive before this time. Anyone who has not signed in by this time will be deemed absent, may not be seated with their class and may not have their name called from the stage.

Once you have graduated, you are an official alumni of DCU. Make sure to pop over to the DCU Alumni desk in the Helix after the ceremony and register your details to become a member of our global alumni community.  

Each ceremony usually takes around 1.5 hours and as such is not a suitable event for children under 5. Children are more than welcome to wait in the Helix lounge areas, but we would advise graduands not to bring children younger than 5 into the ceremony.

There is a multi-storey car park in Glasnevin Campus though spaces are limited. Graduands arriving by car can access the car park via the Collins Avenue entrance. 

Following the academic procession and introductions, graduand names will be called out in alphabetical order by degree/diploma programme and all graduands will be called to the stage in turn.

The Master of Ceremonies will direct you on when to approach the stage - to make sure you are in the right name order, it is essential that you sit in the seat assigned to you at registration. When your name is called, you should proceed onto the stage to receive your parchment. It will be presented to you by the President of the University, Professor Daire Keogh.

After you have accepted your parchment from the President, you should return to your allocated seat. 

In order to be eligible to graduate, each student must:

-          Have completed all of the requirements of Academic Council for their award

-          Have paid all their fees and cleared any debts outstanding to the University

-          Have returned all library books

Lafayette Photographers are our official photography suppliers, and can take professional individual and family portraits. They will be located on the Glasnevin campus, in the Hive in the U Building.

They also provide a pre-booking facility via their website - please visit www.lafayette.ie to find out more. 

Please note that the studios will close half an hour before each ceremony. You do not need your parchment for your photographs - Lafayette can provide a prop parchment.

Graduands will be allocated two guest tickets each - to access them, follow the Eventbrite link that was sent to your DCU email address. 

Tickets can be downloaded or printed in advance - make sure your guests have their own copies to hand for access to the Helix, as you will be seated separately. 

If your guests have any access requirements, please make sure to let us know on graduation@dcu.ie

If you cannot make it, please let us know by filling in this form.

If you cannot attend graduation, your parchment will be issued to the postal address recorded on the DCU student system after the graduation ceremonies. It is important that you check this for accuracy and update (if required) before graduation. You can do so by logging into the Student Apps Page. When you log in, please navigate My Details and the Biographical section.