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I cannot gain access to portal or my TCD email to accept my invitation or see information about my graduation ceremony.

Please contact IT services for further information.

I cannot attend my graduation. What are the next steps?

You will receive an invitation to your portal where you can choose an attendance option: in person, or in absentia. If you choose in absentia, your parchment will be posted to you.  

If you do not respond to the invitation, you will be guaranteed a place at your conferral ceremony.

If you wish to apply for a future ceremony, please complete an Application for Graduation.  

Dates in the future will be added in due course, please see our graduation page for updates.

I have not responded to the email on time. How do I graduate?

If you fail to respond to the invite on time, please fill in an Application for Graduation.

If you do not respond to the invitation to graduate via your portal, you will be marked as absent for your ceremony.

I need a visa letter to confirm my graduation date.

For visa letters, please send an email to

How many guests can I have at the event?

Tickets are not issued for graduation ceremonies. Two guests may enter the ceremony by using the name of the candidate at the door. All children will be considered as a guest. 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.

Your guests can use your name at the door to gain entrance to the Public Theatre. All candidates and guests are required to be seated in the Public Theatre no less than 30 minutes before the start time of their ceremony. Candidates and guests may not be permitted entry to the ceremony after this time.

Guest are not required to follow the dress code for graduation ceremonies.

Students who have chosen to be conferred in absentia do not need guests to attend their ceremony. The number of guests are non-transferable to other students who are already attending.

Is there parking available?

Parking is not available on campus. Candidates or guests with a disability and/or impaired mobility are advised to contact Estates and Facilities

All other candidates are advised to park in the public parking facilities located in close proximity to the campus.

Where is the cermeony venue?

Your venue is located in the Public Theatre in Front Square. You can watch our direction video here.

How long will the ceremony be?

The entire ceremony may last from one hour – one hour and twenty minutes depending on course size.

Will I get my parchment on the day?


What is the reception/itinerary?

Each graduation will be followed by a small reception in the Dining Hall. Due to staffing requirements, there will be no receptions on Saturdays.

What is the reception/itinerary?

The University has contracted with Lafayette Photography 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, we strongly advise you to only use the accredited photographers.

It is recommended that class representatives book class photos in advance at Lafayette can be contacted through their website.

Can my friend accept my certificate for me?

Nobody else can accept your certificate for you. You must either attend the graduation or be conferred in absentia.

I lost my parchment after the event. What do I do?

Please note that the parchment originally awarded should be the only one in existence.

A duplicate degree certificate may be issued provided applicants declare in writing that to the best of their belief their original certificate has been destroyed, or has been lost for more than twelve months, or (the degree having been conferred in absentia) did not reach them through the post; and that if the original certificate is found they will return the duplicate to the Academic Registry.

For more information please visit the college calendar website.

Application for a duplicate degree may be made to the Academic Registry here.

I did not attend my graduation or opt for absentia. How do I get my parchment?

As per the College Regulations, you cannot receive your parchment until you have been formally conferred either in person or in Absentia.

This unfortunately means that we will have to confer you either in person or in absentia during our next Commencements.

Please fill out this Application for Graduation form in order to ensure you are included in a future ceremony of your choice.

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

  1. Your full name when you were registered at Trinity College Dublin
  2. Date of birth
  3. Student number (if available)
  4. Award to be replaced/translated (eg, B.A., Ph.D.)
  5. Years registered at Trinity College Dublin
  6. Home address (as currently recorded by the University)
  7. 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.

Can staff members come to graduation ceremonies?

Staff members are welcome to join the ceremony.  Please present yourself at the Public Theatre with your staff card (and gown if available) and you shall be directed to a seat.  Please note seating is limited and on a first come first served basis.