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Graduation

One of your best moments as a student is the day you graduate, and the Academic Registry is proud to be the main co-ordinator of graduation ceremonies at Trinity. All eligible students will be invited to register to attend their ceremonies, either in person or absentia, through their my.tcd.ie inbox.

Due to current restrictions all potential graduands have the option to either:

  • Be conferred in absentia:  You will not need to attend your ceremony and your parchment will be mailed to your home address. Your student record will be complete and this will be acknowledged in your transcripts.
  • Defer to the next in-person ceremony: When possible you will be invited to on-campus ceremony. Please be advised that this will in effect keep your TCD record open until you are conferred and you will be unable to receive your parchment and this may have implications for job or postgraduate applications. You will receive your invite by email and there is no need to log a query with AR.

University life has been greatly disrupted by the Covid pandemic with the last live Graduation Ceremony taking place in December 2018.  In the intervening period college has done the best it can to accommodate graudands. 

August In-Person Event Update:

We are currently working with a backlog of those students who have chosen to await the resumption of in person ceremonies and this August should see around 1,000 finally attend, with events scheduled from 11th to the 20th of this month.

There will be 60 or so graduands per event and each will be allowed to bring two guests, with both graduands and their guests being required to produce either proof of vaccination or evidence of a negative PCR test. There will be two events per day (9.30 and 2.30 most days) and entry to campus will be via Front Gate and exit after the events via the Arts Building.

All graduates currently living outside the island of Ireland should note that international travel restrictions are likely to be in place and quarantining on arrival, or other regulations, may apply on arrival into Ireland. More information can be found on the government site here.

It is recommended to students that they should check their TCD email and TCD student portal for potential updates. This page will be updated in the coming months.

August Graduation Event FAQs

I requested an in person graduation and while my friends have got an email confirming theirs, I have heard nothing.
There is currently a substantial backlog of students awaiting invite to their ceremony, 1,000 of which will be attending events in August. If you have not received your invite you will soon for future ceremonies.

I submitted the forms, why haven’t I been invited?
It may not be possible to offer a place in a event to all who apply.  In this case you can opt for being conferred in your absence at a closed ceremony, after which your parchment will be posted to you, or you can choose to defer until traditional ceremonies resume in the public theatre.  (Note that a video recording of the closed ceremonies will be not made available)

I haven’t been invited to the in person event, when are the virtual ceremonies planned for?/ Can I switch to an online ceremony?
We are not currently offering online ceremonies in August, they may be offered again in the future. For more information please contact graduation@tcd.ie.

I have already been awarded in absentia at a virtual/online ceremony - can I be included in these in person ceremonies too?
Unfortunately not, your student record is now closed and we are currently working through a large backlog of students who are awaiting their graduation.

I cannot make the event I have been allocated?  Can I attend another?
Please respond your email invite confirming you are unable to attend and you will be added to the next allocation.

Do I need to wear a face covering to the ceremony?
Face coverings are mandatory.

What kind of vaccine proof do I need?
Admission to events is limited to those who are either fully vaccinated OR have evidence of a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to the event. This restriction will be enforced very strictly on the day and admission will be refused if the conditions are not met.

I am travelling in from abroad/the North for the event – do I need to do anything?
Trinity is not advising travel from outside the island of Ireland in August. If you are travelling more information can be found on the government site here.

How many guests can I have at the event?
Each graduand will be allotted two guest passes, both of which must also provide.

Do my guests need vaccine proof?
Admission to events is limited to those who are either fully vaccinated OR have evidence of a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to the event. This restriction will be enforced very strictly on the day and admission will be refused if the conditions are not met.

How long will the event be?
The duration will be on average one hour.

Will I get my parchment on the day?
Yes.

What is the reception/itinerary?
There will be no reception, but graduands can book photography and avail college grounds. When  exiting please do so through Nassau street.

What if I have to make last minute changes due to Covid restrictions?
You will be graduated anyway but you will be able to choose to receive your parchment by post or hold until another ceremony – if choosing the latter please be advised the date on your parchment will be from initial event.

How do I get my degree translated to English?
All degree parchments are presented in Latin to candidates for degrees at Commencements. Employers and other institutions will sometimes request an English translation of your degree parchment - this is provided by the Academic Registry on request from the graduate. All translations issued on A4 University letterhead by the Academic Registry are certified and endorsed with an official University stamp. Translations can also be sent by email in PDF format. Please allow a minimum of 5 working days to process your request.

Application for a translation or a replacement parchment should be made by contacting the Academic Registry with these details

  • Your full name when you were registered at Trinity College Dublin
  • Date of birth
  • Student number (if available)
  • Award to be replaced/translated (eg, B.A., Ph.D.)
  • Years registered at Trinity College Dublin
  • Home address (as currently recorded by the University)
  • Details of how translation/replacement is to be provided (e.g. email address, postal address)

All awards other than degrees are originally presented in English by the University and do not require a translation.

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.

 

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 Public Theatre should they become restless or distressed. in the interest of safety prams / buggies will not be permitted in the Public Theatre.

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