Everything you need to know

Your Invitation for Spring Conferrings 2020

You will be receiving your official invitation by e-mail by 20th January 2020. Your invitation will be issued to your UCC student email address (ie10xxxxxxx@umail.ucc.ie). 

If you have not received your invitation by this date and you meet the eligibility criteria outlined below please contact conferrings@ucc.ie

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 www.ucc.ie/en/studenthealth/flu webpage for information on infection control measures and travel–related advisory notices, in the light of the evolving novel-Corona Virus outbreak.  

Your Eligibility

Eligibility Criteria for Conferrings

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

  1. Your fee account is in order and any outstanding fees have been paid in full by Wednesday 15 January 2020 at 5:00pm. Please check your fee account is in order through MyStudentAdmin. 
  2. You have passed your final examinations and your results have been ratified by the relevant Examination Board.   

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 in the Aula Maxima, a gift from UCC to welcome you to the alumni community. 

Ask a Question?

Ask UCC if you still have a question about your conferring

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. 

Activity10am Ceremony12:30pm Ceremony3:30pm Ceremony

Collect your conferring gown from McGinley Academic Dress 

* Gowns should be reserved at least one week prior to the conferring ceremony. To book and pay on-line, please visit: www.mcginleygowns.ie. McGinley's Academic Gown Hire will be stationed in the new Hub on the day of your conferring ceremony to facilitate the collection and return of gowns.

8.00 – 9.15am 10.30am - 11.45am 1.30 - 2.45pm
Collect your guest tickets from the designated collection desk in the Hub  8.00 – 9.15am 10.30am - 11.45am 1.30 - 2.45pm
Visit Lafayette Photography to book your photographs (located in  the Hub) 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  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  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 holders 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 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 visit the Aula Maxima, North Wing, to spend time with class mates and take photographs with friends in the universities most prestigious venue.

What to 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) must be collected prior to your ceremony on the day at the Ticket Collection Desk located in The Hub. 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 needs that require assistance - Who should I contact?

We are happy to make arrangements to accommodate any graduand or guest with special needs. Please notify us in advance by e-mail to conferrings@ucc.ie

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 the conclusion of the conferring ceremonies. Please ensure that the postal address we have for you is up to date. You can do this by checking the details we currently hold for you on MyStudentPortal and updating them directly. 

Will there be an official photographer?

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

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 exams@ucc.ie or tel: +353 (0)21 490 2422 or 4902423.


Bronnadh Céimeanna

Eligibility Queries (Exam Results & Records): Student Records & Examinations Office, sreo@ucc.ie, (021) 4902422 - Graduate Studies Office: GraduateStudies@ucc.ie Fees Queries: Fees Office, fees@ucc.ie, (021) 4902365 Events Queries: Marketing & Communications, conferrings@ucc.ie (021) 4902202