Group of students in Graduation robes

DCU Spring Graduations 2023

Date: Friday 31 March 

Campus: Glasnevin Campus

Venue: The Helix

Is registration required? Yes, please register by booking your guest tickets on Eventbrite, and your robes through Phelan Conan.  Those links will be provided in the invitation that you will receive to your student email address.  

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 Spring 2023 Graduations take place in The Helix on DCU’s Glasnevin Campus. There are three ceremonies on 31 March:


Ceremony 1 
Faculty of Science and Health

  • Bachelor of Science in Children's and General Nursing (Integrated)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Mental Health)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (General)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Intellectual Disability)
  • Diploma in Health Studies
  • Higher Diploma in Children's Nursing
  • Master of Science in Astrophysics and Relativity
  • Master of Science in Bioprocess Engineering
  • Master of Science in Financial Mathematics
  • Master of Science in General Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Diagnostics and Precision Medicine
  • Certificate in Homeless Prevention and Intervention
  • Master of Science in Nursing : Advanced Practice
  • Professional Diploma in Teaching Physics
  • Postgraduate Research Students for the Faculty of Science and Health


Ceremony 2
Faculty of Engineering and Computing

  • Graduate Certificate in Electronic and Computer Engineering
  • Graduate Certificate in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Electronic & Computer Engineering
  • Master of Science Electronic and Computer Technology
  • Graduate Certificate in Computing
  • Graduate Diploma in Computing
  • Diploma in Information Technology
  • Postgraduate Research Students for the Faculty of Engineering and Computing


Ceremony 2 
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Graduate Diploma in Public Relations and Strategic Communications
  • Master of Arts in Social Media Communications
  • Master of Arts in Journalism
  • Master of Arts in Political Communication
  • Master of Science in Emerging Media
  • Master of Science in Public Relations and Strategic Communications
  • Master of Science in Science and Health Communication
  • Postgraduate Research Students for the School of Communications


Ceremony 2
Institute of Education


  • Professional Certificate in Special & Inclusive Education
  • Graduate Diploma in Advanced Educational Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in the Education of Pupils on the Autism Spectrum
  • Graduate Diploma in Inclusive Education Learning Support & Special Education
  • Graduate Diploma in Education and Training Management (Leadership)
  • Postgraduate Research Students for Institute of Education


Ceremony 3
Business School

  • Master of Science in Management (Aviation Leadership)
  • Postgraduate Research Students for DCU Business School


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


  • Graduate Certificate in Public Policy
  • Graduate Diploma in European Law and Policy
  • Graduate Diploma in International Relations
  • Graduate Diploma in Translation Technology
  • Master of Arts in Children's & Young Adult Literature
  • Master of Arts in Data Protection and Privacy Law
  • Master of Arts in Data Protection and Privacy: Law and Computing
  • Master of Arts in Ethics
  • Master of Arts in Ethics: Corporate Responsibility(Pathway)
  • Master of Arts in History
  • Master of Arts in Refugee Integration
  • Master of Arts in Theology & World Religions
  • Master of Arts in Creative Writing
  • Master of Arts in International Relations
  • Master of Arts in International Security & Conflict Studies
  • Master of Arts in Translation Studies
  • Master of Laws
  • Master of Science in Public Policy
  • Masters in European Law and Policy
  • Master of Science in Translation Technology
  • Master of Science in Climate Change 
  • Postgraduate Research Students for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Excluding the School of Communications)

Check your DCU email account for a direct invitation to your graduation. 

Please note, all graduands should arrive on campus at least 1 hour before the ceremony, and must be registered and seated 20 minutes before the ceremony start time. 

Graduations: An A-Z Guide

There are lots of important elements that go into your graduation day - from pre-booking 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

The Helix is wheelchair accessible - please do let us know if you or your guests require assistance to access the Mahony Hall or any 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 and we would be happy to help. 

Correct academic dress must be worn at graduation. You can prebook in the 'Gown Hire' section at until Monday, 27 March 2023 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. 

Each graduate is expected to be robed and seated at least 20 minutes prior to their ceremony time.

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: 30th March from 4-7pm 

Please aim to arrive on campus at least one hour before the start of your graduation ceremony. Early arrival is essential as you need to be checked-in, 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, check-in on the first floor 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 check in with the events team and receive your assigned seat. This process takes approximately 10 minutes. Please note guests will be seated separately from graduands. 

Check-in closes 20 minutes before the scheduled ceremony start time - so it is essential that graduands arrive before this time. Anyone who has not checked-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.

After you've received your parchment, 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 seven. Children are more than welcome to wait in the Helix lounge areas, but we would advise graduands not to bring children younger than seven into the ceremony.

There is a multi-story car park on Glasnevin Campus that will be available for parking on graduation day. Graduands arriving by car can access the car park via the Collins Avenue entrance. View public transport options to DCU here

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 when you checked-in. 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

The Spring 2023 Graduations are taking place in The Helix, DCU, Collins Ave, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

If you are arriving by car, enter by the Collins Avenue Extension entrance. 

Directions to Glasnevin campus including public transport options

Map of Glasnevin campus.

The name on your parchment will be the same as the name on your DCU identification - you can check your name and address through My Details on the Student Apps page. If you would like to change your name, please send an email to before 2 March.

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 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 will be sent to your DCU email address. Please note registration will close roughly a week and a half before your graduation.  

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

If you cannot make it, please let us know that you are unable to attend 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.