Adult Continuing Education Conferring Ceremonies

Adult Continuing Education Conferring Ceremonies

Spring Conferring

In light of the Covid-19 situation and the directives from government today, the University has made the decision to postpone the upcoming graduation/conferring ceremony on 2 April next. While this is very unfortunate and we appreciate that you will be disappointed, it is unavoidable and is in everyone's best interests.  We will be in contact with all graduands shortly to outline the situation.


The ACE Spring Conferring will take place on the 2nd April 2020.

Please see full list of programmes to be conferred below.

The event can be watched live at the following link:

Programmes for Conferring on 2nd April 2020

Mental Health in the Community, Cert [CMHC]

Operator Development, Cert [COPD]

Practice Support in Social Farming, Cert [CPSSF]

Procurement Management, Cert [CPM]

Advanced Languages and Global Communication, HDip [HDALGC]

Coaching / Coaching Psychology, HDip [HDCCPY]

Human Resource Management, HDip [HDHRM]

Leadership Development (Pharma Chem), HDip (Pfizer) [HDLDEV]

Leadership Development, HDip (Bio Marin) [HDLDVT]

Personal and Management Coaching, MSc [MSCPMC]

Project Management, MSc [MSCPJM]

Mindfulness Based Practice and Research, PG Dip [PDMBP]

ACE Conferring Schedule


12:30 - Collection of robe from the Kampus Kitchen in the Kane Building
13:00 - Assembly in foyer of Aras na MacLeinn
14:00 - Ceremony
Reception to follow in Aras na MacLeinn

Your Invitation and Eligibility

Your Invitation for ACE Spring Conferrings

You will be receiving your official invitation by e-mail by shortly. Your invitation will be issued to your UCC student email address ( 

If you have not received your invitation by 13th March and you meet the eligibility criteria outlined below please contact

Your invitation will include:

·         Essential information to help you to plan your day.

·         Information on how to collect your two guest tickets on the day.

·         An option for you to specify any special needs for your guests.

For those intending to attend the conferring ceremony, please consult the webpage for information on infection control measures and travel–related advisory notices, in the light of the evolving novel-Corona Virus outbreak.  


Eligibility Criteria for Conferrings

Please note that you will only receive your official invite and be conferred as part of the 2020 Spring Conferrings if:

1. You have passed your final examinations and your results have been ratified by the relevant Examination Board.

2. Your fee account is in order and any outstanding fees have been paid in full. Please check your fee account is in order through MyStudentAdmin.

If you do not meet both criteria you will not be eligible to graduate as part of the 2020 Spring Conferrings.

Alumni Gift

Don’t forget to pick up your free and exclusive Class of 2020 UCC pin from the alumni team at the post-conferring reception, a gift from UCC to welcome you to the alumni community.


Plan Your Day

Plan Your Day!

Allow a minimum of 4 hours on campus; 2 hours before your ceremony begins for gowning, roll call, seating and ceremony preparation, 1 hour for the ceremony itself and 1 hour for refreshments and photographs.




Collect your guest tickets from the designated collection desk in the Kampus Kitchen in the Kane Building, near the gown collection area.   12:00 - 13:15
Collect your conferring gown from McGinley Academic Dress from Kampus Kitchen in the Kane Building.
* Gowns should be reserved at least one week prior to the conferring ceremony. To book and pay on-line, please visit: McGinley's Academic Gown Hire will be stationed on campus on the day of your conferring ceremony to facilitate the collection and return of gowns.
Visit Lafayette Photography to book your photographs  12:30-13:00
Graduands go to the ground floor foyer of the Students’ Centre for Roll Call. NB: you will be asked to stay in the order of the role call so that you receive the correct parchment  13:00
Doors to Devere Hall open for guest ticketholders to take their seats.  Free seating, first-come first-served basis.  (Ensure that you give tickets to your guests in advance as you will not see them from this point until after the ceremony has finished.)  13:30
Graduands are directed to their seats.  We advise you not to leave the hall after you have taken your seat  13:30-13:50 
Friends and family who are not on campus can tune into the live stream at   13:55
Announcements from lectern   13:55 
Academic Procession enters the hall, marking the start of the ceremony. The President, or nominee, opens the ceremony.  14:00
Graduands are presented in class groups, conferred and make their way in order to receive their parchment 14:00 -14:30
Graduates remain seated until directed to leave via the side entrance and proceed to the Honan Plaza for class photograph (weather permitting) 15:30
Group photograph is taken  15:45
Refreshments for ticket holders are served


Aras na Mac Leinn

Return your gown to McGinley Academic Dress,  Kampus Kitchen in the Kane Building By 18:00  

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will I be conferred?

Your conferring ceremony will take place in Devere Hall, Áras na Mac Leinn / Student's Centre. Once the ceremony has concluded, graduates and guests are invited to a reception, to spend time with class mates and take photographs with friends on the university’s most prestigious campus

What to wear?

It is the policy of UCC that each graduand must wear the appropriate gown and coloured hood for his/her qualification during the formal ceremony. 

The wearing of hats as part of conferring attire is entirely optional in University College Cork. The university directs students to decide on the wearing of the hat entirely as a matter of personal choice, without prejudice.

McGinley's Academic Gown Hire will be stationed on campus on the day of your conferring ceremony to facilitate the collection and return of academicals (Kampus Kitchen in the Kane Building).

McGinley's ask that academicals are reserved at least one week prior to the conferring ceremony. To book and pay on-line, please visit:

Please note that queues should be anticipated on the day of your conferring; therefore we ask that you allow enough time to collect your gown before the roll call. As this is a formal occasion, please note that smart/neat dress is essential.

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission requires us to inform all students that they are free to search for academic gowns on their own behalf. This is subject to the academic dress requirements set out in Academic Dress of the National University of Ireland being satisfied.

How many guests can I bring?

Each graduand may invite two guests to attend the ceremony and reception. These tickets (two guest tickets for the ceremony and two guest tickets for the reception) must be collected prior to your ceremony on the day at the Ticket Collection Desk located in Kampus Kitchen. Tickets will be issued to the student being conferred only. Unfortunately for security reasons, your guests cannot collect the tickets on your behalf so please allow plenty of time for this.

Please keep these tickets safe, as lost/forgotten tickets will not be replaced.

Due to limited capacity, requests for extra tickets will not be considered.

My guests/I have special requirements - Who should I contact?

Disability Support: We are happy to make special arrangements to accommodate people with a disability attending the ceremonies. If you or your guests require assistance, please let us know in advance, at For parking and other information see also;

Campus and Access Maps

Where can I park?

Car Parking: You are asked to avail of UCC’s guest car parks located at College Road (P2, entry from Perrott’s Avenue) or Perrott’s Inch (P1, off Western Road). Parking in and around UCC can be limited.  You will find useful information regarding parking on the following webpage: Parking will also be available by using UCC's Park and Ride facilities.

Will there be an official photographer?

Lafayette Photography will be in attendance before, during and after the ceremony. 

For your convenience you can pre-book online at Here you can activate your online account and view packages and prices. Lafayette's services also include picture framing, certificate framing, photo enhancements and delivery.

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