Everything you need to know
Everything you need to know
When will I receive information about my conferring ceremony?
Conferring information packs, containing guest tickets and all information relating to the day itself, are posted to each graduand 2-4 weeks before the conferring ceremony. Please note that all correspondence in relation to your conferring will be sent to:
- your umail address (email@example.com)
- your college-registered home address as it is on mystudentadmin.ucc.ie . Please ensure that this address is accurate six weeks in advance of your conferring date:
- log in to https://mystudentadmin.ucc.ie/
- go to your online registration
- choose from the drop-down menu
- check and update your permanent home address
Plan your Conferring 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.||for a 10.00am ceremony||for a 12.30pm ceremony||for a 3.30pm ceremony|
|Collect your conferring gown from McGinley Academic Dress (located on campus)||8.00 – 9.15am||10.30am - 11.45am||1.30 - 2.45pm|
|Visit Lafayette Photography to book your photographs (located on the Honan Plaza)||8.00 – 9.15am||10.30am - 11.45am||1.30 - 2.45pm|
|Doors to Devere Hall open for 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.)||9.20am||11.50am||2.50pm|
|Graduands go to the ground floor foyer of the Students’ Centre for Roll Call||9.25am||11.55am||2.55pm|
|Roll call for Graduands begins. NB: you will be asked to stay in the order of the roll call so that you receive the correct parchment||9.30am||12.00 noon||3.00pm|
|Graduands are directed to their seats. We advise you not to leave the hall after you have taken your seat||9.30 – 9.50am||12.05-12.25pm||3.05-3.25pm|
|Friends and family who are not on campus can tune into the live stream at https://www.ucc.ie/en/live/||9.55am||12.25pm||3.25pm|
|Announcements from lectern||9.55am||12.25pm||3.25pm|
|Academic Procession enters the hall, marking the start of the ceremony. The President opens the ceremony.||10.00am||12.30pm||3.30pm|
|Graduands are presented by the Head of College, in class groups, conferred by the President and make their way in order to receive their parchment||10.00-11.00am||12.30-1.30pm||3.30 - 4.30pm|
|The guest speaker addresses graduates and guests||10.00-11.00am||12.30-1.30pm||3.30 - 4.30pm|
|Ceremony ends (approximate time)||11.00am||1.30pm||4.30pm|
|Graduates remain seated until directed to leave via the side entrance and proceed to the Honan Plaza for class photograph (weather permitting)||11.00am||1.30pm||4.30pm|
|Guests leave Devere Hall via main entrance and go directly to the Honan Plaza||11.00am||1.30pm||4.30pm|
|Group photograph is taken||11.15am||1.45pm||4.45pm|
|Refreshments for ticket sholders are served in the Aula Maxima, North Wing||11.15am||1.45pm||4.45pm|
|Return your gown to McGinley Academic Dress||By 4pm||By 4pm||By 6pm|
Where will my conferring ceremony take place?
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 visit the Aula Maxima, North Wing, to spend time with class mates and take photographs with friends in the universities most prestigious venue.
What should I wear?
It is the policy of UCC that each graduand must wear the appropriate gown and coloured hood for his/her degree 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.
McGinley's ask that academicals are reserved at least one week prior to the conferring ceremony. To book and pay on-line, please visit: www.mcginleygowns.ie
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. http://www.nui.ie/publications/docs/AcademicDressBooklet.pdf
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) are enclosed in your conferring pack. 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?
We are happy to make arrangements to accommodate any graduand or guest with special needs or requirements. Please notify us in advance by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I defer my conferring ceremony?
All students must be conferred at the conferring ceremony designated by the university for their degree. It is not permitted to defer or change the date of a conferring ceremony. An exception is made for PhD students only.
Where can I park?
There is no car parking available on campus and parking around UCC is severely restricted. Please do not attempt to access the campus by car.
Graduands are advised to avail of UCC's guest pay car parks located at Perrott's Avenue (off College Road) and Perrott's Inch (off Gaol Cross). Parking will also be available by using UCC's Park and Ride facilities.
Is the ceremony suitable for children?
Conferring ceremonies are not suitable for babies or children under 12 years of age. As seating is limited, children over 12 years of age may only attend on presentation of their own ticket to security staff.
What do I do if I am unable to attend my ceremony?
If you are unable to attend your conferring ceremony, you will be conferred In Absentia and your parchment will be posted to your college-registered home address within 10 working days of your conferring ceremony. If you wish to notify UCC that you are unable to attend, please do so by e-mail to email@example.com.
Will there be an official photographer?
Lafayette Photography will be in attendance before, during and after the ceremony. They will be located adjacent to the Áras na Mac Léinn / Students' Centre for your convenience.
For your convenience you can pre-book online at www.lafayette.ie. Here you can activate your online account and view packages and prices. Lafayettte's services also include picture framing, certificate framing, photo enhancements and delivery.
How can I extend my Visa?
If you require a supporting letter for a visa application or extension, please contact the university's Student Records and Examinations Office by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: +353 (0)21 490 2422 or 4902423.