March Graduation 2022
PREPARING FOR THE DAY: MARCH CEREMONIES
Registry is delighted to confirm a full graduation ceremony in March. Each graduate is permitted to bring up to two guests to the ceremony.
Graduates must confirm their attendance at the graduation ceremony in advance. You will receive an invitation to attend from Eventbrite. (This email will be issued to graduates week commencing 7th March. If you do not receive it please check your spam folder)
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.
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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.
Graduates will have completed all the requirements of Academic Council for their award, which will be formally presented to graduates at the graduation ceremony in the Mahoney hall of the Helix. In order to be eligible to graduate, graduates must be wearing suitable academic robes ( see the hire of academic dress (robing) information)
Good financial standing
You must have paid all fees and cleared all debts to the University (including outstanding Library fines) by the morning of your graduation day. You must also have returned all books to the Library otherwise you will not be permitted to graduate.
Correct academic dress must be worn at graduation. The University's official robing provider is Phelan Conan Ltd. In order to avoid delays on the day of the ceremonies, graduates are strongly encouraged to pre-book their robes in advance. Phelan Conan Ltd. operates an online pre-booking facility at www.phelanconan.com.
Booking & Collection of Academic Dress (Robes)
Online pre-booking of robes from Phelan Conan Ltd. will be possible until midnight Wednesday 22nd March, 2022. When booking your robes, it is essential that you select the correct Faculty and Award.
Robes hired from the official provider, Phelan Conan Ltd., may be collected at the University from the robing room, which will be located in the Venue, U Building on Glasnevin Campus.
The cost of hiring a set of robes from Phelan Conan Ltd is €43. If you do not pre-book and pay on the day, the hire fee is €45.
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 the following times:
Thursday, 24th March 4pm - 7pm
Friday, 25th March 8am - 8pm
Saturday, 26th March 8am - 8pm
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.
Please note that the wearing of Mortar boards is optional for male and female graduates.
Other Providers & Code of Academic Dress
Where academic dress is sourced from a provider other than University's official provider, it is the graduand's responsibility to ensure that it complies with the University's Code of Academic Dress. Any graduand 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 Lafayettes and pay in advance. Photography will take place in the Hive, located in the U-Building on a first come first served basis only. Lafayette will be on site from Friday 25th to Saturday 26th March.
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.
Do not use any unofficial photographers who may be on campus, as some graduates have complained of non-delivery of photographs or poor-quality work by these photographers.
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.
PROCEDURES ON THE DAY: MARCH CEREMONIES
Please ensure that you are monitoring your DCU email account as this will be the sole means of communication with graduates.
We would like to remind you that DCU has extended the requirement for the wearing of face coverings in all University buildings / University Events. This means that the DCU Graduations will be a fully masked event. We would request your assistance in helping to protect the health and wellbeing of all our graduates, staff and guests by continuing to wear face coverings for the duration of your graduation ceremony.
Access & Other Requirements
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 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 to receive your parchment. It is accessed by a short flight of steps (backstage ramp access is available).
Arrival to the Helix and Sign in
When you arrive at The Helix, you will be directed to the first floor to register that you are going to graduate in person. 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. 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 descend and return to your allocated seat.
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FOLLOWING YOUR GRADUATION DAY
Welcome to DCU Alumni Community!
Upon graduating from the university you become part of our Alumni network, the only permanent university community with almost 90,000 graduates worldwide. The DCU Alumni community is a symbol of connectivity, friendship and support for one another. To learn more about your Alumni Community please visit dcu.ie/alumni
The Alumni Office is committed to building a mutually supportive lifelong relationship with all our graduates. We want to be a resource to our Alumni and the first step in building the relationship is communicating with you on a monthly basis through our newsletters. We will invite you to many Alumni and University events, along with keeping you up to date with the latest news from your alma mater.
Some of our key events and initiatives include:
· DCU annual Alumni Awards
· DCU Voices Magazine
· Alumni benefits
· Award winning Mentorship Programme
· Emerging Leaders Programme
· International Chapters
To stay connected, we would really appreciate it if you update your contact details and preferences by completing this Keep in Touch form.
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