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One of your best days as a student is the day you graduate, and the Academic Registry is proud to be the main co-ordinator of graduation ceremonies. All eligible undergraduate and postgraduate taught students will be invited to register through their my.tcd.ie inbox. All other students will be required to submit a Notice of Candidature pack to the Academic Registry, by email, post, or to our Service Desk.

Apply to Attend a Graduation Ceremony

All Undergraduate & Postgraduate Taught students

All eligible final year undergraduate and taught postgraduate students will receive details of their upcoming commencement ceremony and confirm attendance to the ceremony through their my.tcd.ie portal inbox.
If you have not applied for to attend graduation please email graduation@tcd.ie and we will issue you a Notice of Candidature Pack. If you require the pack please make sure to do so before the seasonal deadlines below.

Postgraduate Research

If you are a postgraduate research student wishing to apply for graduation you must complete a Notice of Candidature form (PDF 372KB), and submit it to graduation@tcd.ie before the closing dates set out below. A conditional application may be made in advance of the publication of final degree results.

Master of Arts

If you are a bachelor of the University of at least three years standing you may obtain a Master in Arts. Candidates must complete a Notice of Candidature form (PDF 48KB), and submit it to graduation@tcd.ie. Please see University of Dublin Calendar for more information.

Diploma Certificates

You are awarded your Diploma and/or Certificate upon completion of final examination and will receive invitations to the ceremonies from the Academic Registry.

Degree Graduation Ceremonies Schedule 2019/20

Commencements Schedule up Summer 2019 to Spring 2020

Diploma/Certificate Graduation Ceremonies Schedule 2019/20

Diploma / Certificate Graduation Ceremonies 2019/20

Postgraduate research application deadlines

Final Date for Applying for Graduation

Final Date for Submission of
e-Thesis and Hardbound Thesis

Commencement Ceremony Dates*

22 August 2019

28 August 2019

Autumn: 31 October 1, 4 6, 7 and 8 November 2019

19 September 2019

18 September 2019

Winter: 28 and 29 November 2019
2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 December 2019

23 January 2020

29 January 2020

Spring: 7, 8 and 9 April 2020

13 February 2020

8 April 2020

Summer: 25 and 26 June 2020

 

* The specific dates on which higher degrees will be awarded in a Commencement Ceremony is available here.

 

Academic dress hire

Academical dress may be collected / returned to Armstrong and Oxford, located in the Atrium, two hours prior to and two hours after the ceremony. At least one hour should be allowed for the collection of your academicals.

Online pre-booking is strongly advised to reduce queuing on the day.  Queries regarding the hiring and payment of your academicals should be addressed to Armstrong & Oxford by telephoning +353.1.4295736 or emailing info@armstrongandoxford.com.

Degree ceremonies dress code

The academic dress of the various degrees is prescribed in the Statutes, and College Calendar.

  • Men must wear dinner jackets or full evening wear (tuxedo), white shirt, black or white bow tie (military dress accepted), hood, and gown. Cap is optional. Clerical graduands may wear black suits with a clerical shirt that is either black or grey.
  • Women must wear black, or white, or a combination of both (military accepted), hood, and gown. Cap is optional. Clerical graduands may wear black and/or white with a clerical shirt that is either black or grey.
  • All candidates must wear the gown and hood of the degree they are qualified to receive; the wearing of caps is optional. Candidates receiving more than one degree, wear the gown and hood of the senior degree. Advice on seniority of degrees may be obtained from the Academic Registry.
  • Candidates wishing to independently source their academic gown and hood must apply in writing to graduation@tcd.ie. Confirmation must be provided that the proposed gown and hood meets the University’s requirements. On the day of your graduation ceremony, candidates that have sourced their academic gown and hood independently must agree to present the proposed gown and hood for inspection and compliance with the strict academic dress code.
  • Casual attire, jeans, trainers, etc., are not permitted.

Note: candidates who do not adhere to the above dress code or whose academic dress is deemed to be unsuitable may be denied permission to proceed with conferral on the day.

Diploma/Certificate ceremonies dress code

All candidates must adhere to the following dress code:

  • Men: should wear a dark suit. For Diploma awards, a gown, and epitogue are also required; for certificate awards, the wearing of a gown is optional.
  • Women: should wear black or white, or a combination of both. For Diploma awards, a gown, and epitogue are also required; for certificate awards, the wearing of a gown is optional.

Candidates wishing to independently source academic gown and epitogue must apply in writing to graduation@tcd.ie.  Confirmation must be provided that the proposed gown meets the University’s requirements. On the day of your graduation ceremony, candidates that have sourced their academic gown and epitogue independently must agree to present the proposed gown and epitogue for inspection and compliance with the strict academic dress code for graduation.

Note: candidates who do not adhere to the above dress code or whose academic dress is deemed to be unsuitable may be denied permission to proceed with conferral on the day.

Tickets

A ticket for two guests will be issued by post at least one week prior to the ceremony. Tickets for overseas candidates will not be posted but may be collected from the Atrium when collecting your gown. Candidates seeking additional tickets are advised that their additional guests may queue to be admitted to the Public Theatre once ticketed guests have been seated. However admission cannot be guaranteed and will be strictly on a first come first served basis.

Children are welcome to attend the ceremony as invited guests i.e. a ticket holder. However to avoid disturbance to other guests we kindly ask that children be taken out of the PublicTheatre should they become restless or distressed. in the interest of safety prams / buggies will not be permitted in the PublicTheatre.

Upon tolling of the bell guests should enter the Public Theatre by the main door.

Photography

The University has contracted with Lafayette Photogrpahy to provide a service to graduates for the commencement ceremonies and will be located in the Atrium. They will be wearing easily identifiable badges. To avoid disappointment, you are strongly advised to deal only with the accredited photographers.

It is recommended that class representatives book class photos in advance at info@armstrongandoxford.ie. Lafayette can be contacted at +353 1 4295740

Parking

Parking is not available on campus, Guests with impaired mobility are advised to contact estatesandfacilities@tcd.ie