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DCU Graduation - February 2022
22/2/2022; Stephanie Saliu, left and Polina Tereshkova, pictured after graduating at Dublin City University in February 2022. Picture credit; Maxwells

We can’t wait to welcome back our 2020 and Spring 2021 graduates to celebrate your achievements in The Helix. 

Plans are well underway for what promises to be a really unique and memorable on-campus event in recognition of your graduation milestone. 

This event will provide an opportunity to return to DCU and reconnect with your class, lecturers, mentors and supervisors and while your graduation has been completed and academically recognised by the University, the individual celebration events will include the formal elements of a traditional graduation ceremony with some extra special touches thrown in. 

This page gives an overview of all of the key information you need to know in advance of the event. It will be updated regularly and you will also receive further confirmation via email. 

Please ensure that you are monitoring your DCU email account as this will be the sole means of communication with graduates.

If you have any further queries, please contact us on junecelebration@dcu.ie and we will be happy to help. 


  • Wednesday June 8th - Open Education, Faculty of Engineering and Computing and the School of Communications (HSS)
  • Thursday June 9th - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (excl. The School of Communications)
  • Monday June 13th - DCU Business School
  • Tuesday June 14th - Faculty of Science and Health
  • Wednesday June 15th - Institute of Education

The O’Mahony Hall, The Helix, DCU's Glasnevin Campus

The Ceremony timings each day will be 10.00am, 1.30pm and 4.30pm. Click here for the full Schedule for the June Celebration Ceremonies which are taking place on June 08th, June 09th, June 13th, June 14th & June 15th.

The University's official robing provider is Phelan Conan Ltd.  Please note the correct academic dress must be worn at our June Celebration Ceremonies. 

In order to avoid delays on the day, graduates are strongly encouraged to pre-book their robes in advance. 

 

Booking & Collection of Academic Dress (Robes)

Phelan Conan Ltd. operates an online pre-booking facility at www.phelanconan.com

Pre-booking of robes is possible up to and including Thursday 2nd June 2022.  When booking your robes, it is essential that you select the correct Faculty and Award. 

The cost of hiring a set of robes is €43.  If you do not pre-book you can pay on the day, the hire fee is €45. 

Robes hired from the official provider, Phelan Conan Ltd. can be collected at the University from the robing room, which will be located in the Venue, U Building on Glasnevin Campus.

Please note that the wearing of mortar boards is optional.

Hired robes may be collected on arrival at the University from the robing room (the Venue, in the U Building).  Please return your robes to the robing room before leaving the University/after your ceremony, 

We strongly encourage you to collect your robes on the day before your ceremony if possible (except Monday 13th, collection is available Saturday 11th June).  This will avoid excessive queues on graduation day.  

If you are not robed and seated at least 20 minutes before the ceremony begins, unfortunately it may 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.

 

Rehiring of Robe

Students who hired from Phelan Conan when they graduated for personal photos/to celebrate with their family etc can rehire from Phelan Conan for the upcoming celebrations free of charge,

Students should contact info@phelanconan.com with their original booking reference and the time/date of ceremony they are attending in June.

Please make contact with Phelan Conan directly prior to the deadline of Thursday 2nd June.

A dedicated time and slot for collection will be provided at the time of booking. We strongly encourage you to collect your robes at the time provided by Phelan Conan if possible. This will avoid excessive queues on graduation day. 

Phelan Conan Ltd will be on site and able to deal with last minute queries in the Venue, U Building on Glasnevin Campus at the following times: 

 

Opening times for  collection of Academic Dress (Robes)

  • Tuesday 07th, 4pm - 7pm 
  • Wednesday 08th,  8am - 8pm
  • Thursday 09th, 8am - 8pm
  • Saturday 11th, 10am - 1pm
  • Monday 13th,  8am - 8pm 
  • Tuesday 14th, 8am - 8pm
  • Wednesday 15th,  8am - 8pm 

 

Other Providers & Code of Academic Dress

Where academic dress is sourced from a provider other than University's official provider, it is the graduate's responsibility to ensure that it complies with the University's Code of Academic Dress. Any graduate wearing academic dress which is not deemed to meet the University's requirements will not be permitted to graduate in person or may have to hire the correct academic dress on the day from the official provider at additional cost.

The University's official photographer is Lafayette Photography. Graduates are encouraged to book online with Lafayette and pay in advance. Photography will take place in the Hive, located in the U-Building on a first come first served basis only. 

Please note that the Studios will close a half hour before each ceremony. 

To avoid queues you can have your photographs taken beforehand. You do not need your parchment for your photographs as a prop will be provided.

All correspondence about photographs and frames should be conducted with Lafayette Photography

Information on getting to DCU Glasnevin campus is available here and a map of the Glasnevin campus is available here.

Please note that car parking spaces are very limited. Graduates arriving by car should come into the Glasnevin campus by the Collins Avenue entrance, and will be directed from there.

The venue for the ceremony,The Helix is wheelchair accessible.  However, if you or your guests require assistance to access the venue or other parts of the campus, it is essential that you contact us in advance on junecelebration@dcu.ie so we can provide the service you need.  It is particularly important that you let us know of any difficulty you may have in accessing the stage.  It is accessed by a short flight of steps (backstage ramp access is available)

When you arrive at The Helix, you will be directed to the first floor to sign in and be allocated your seat. You will then be directed to your seat.  All graduates must be robed and seated at least twenty minutes before the ceremony begins. The final roll-call will then be taken. Anyone who has not signed in by this time will be deemed to be absent and will not have their name read. 

Following the academic procession and introductions, graduates’ names will be called out in alphabetical order by degree/diploma programme, and all graduates will go up to the stage in turn. The Master of Ceremonies will direct you on when to approach the stage and when your name is called, you should proceed onto the stage. You will then return to your allocated seat.

*PLEASE NOTE GRADUATES DO NOT NEED TO BRING THEIR PARCHMENT. A MEMENTO WILL BE PROVIDED IN LIEU OF IT ON THE DAY.  

PLEASE NOTE THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 25TH MAY.  YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BOOK TICKETS FOR YOUR GUESTS AFTER THIS DATE.  

 

Requests for additional tickets

Requests for additional tickets can only be accommodated from May 25th onwards, when all those attending have registered on Eventbrite.

 

Graduate Attendance

Graduates must confirm their attendance. When you click on the link from Eventbrite it will automatically register you (the Graduate) and give you the option for 2 guest tickets.  
Graduates do not require a ticket for the event. Your seat will be allocated to you on the day when you sign in at the Helix. 

****For those graduates who have changed their DCU emails to a personal email, we have sent a new email invitation to the updated email you provided to the Alumni team.  

 

Tickets for Guests

Each graduate is permitted to bring up to two guests to the ceremony. Guests and graduates will be seated separately. Guest tickets are available for graduates to print directly from Eventbrite. 

Guest tickets will be available on Eventbrite once you have confirmed that you are attending the ceremony. We recommend that all guest tickets are printed in advance to facilitate the smoothest possible access to guest seats. Alternatively tickets can be presented on a mobile device but you must ensure that your guests have access to this device on the day. Failure to produce tickets may result in denied access to the ceremony.

Please note that we are unable to accommodate children under five.  You are very welcome to bring children under five onto the campus but you should note that the Helix is not a suitable venue for them and their carers should therefore be requested not to bring them into the Helix building but rather to avail of the other services on campus.

For all queries regarding the Summer Celebration event, please contact junecelebration@dcu.ie