Graduation 2020

The NCAD Conferring Ceremony will take place on Monday 16th November 2020 in the O’Reilly Hall, UCD at 3.00 pm (subject to consideration of the evolving COVID-19 situation)

Emails will be sent to all students due to be conferred (to your NCAD student email address).  You need to respond to this email in order to confirm your attendance at the ceremony.  IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE OR NON-ATTENDANCE.  If a graduand is unable to attend, your degree will be conferred in absentia and can be posted out / collected from the college in the weeks following the ceremony.

In November, each graduand who has confirmed their attendance will receive invitations to bring two guests to the ceremony.  Unfortunately, we are not in a position to issue additional guest invitations due to the high number of students graduating.

The ceremony will commence at 3.00 pm but graduands are requested to arrive between 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm on the day in order to sign in and notify us of your presence.  You will receive a seat number and you will then be able to proceed to collect your robe.

Guests are asked to take their seats in O’Reilly Hall no later than 2.30 pm. Unfortunately there are no facilities to accommodate children or babies who would find the ceremony overly long and difficult.

The ceremony will last approximately one and a half hours.

There will be a reception for you and your guests following the ceremony.

O'Reilly Hall and the other UCD buildings are accessible by wheelchair.  If a graduand, or a guest, has special needs please do not hesitate to contact us so we may ensure your comfort and enjoyment of the ceremony.

Please note that parking in UCD is very limited and permit parking and clamping is in operation. There may be paid parking available but unfortunately we cannot guarantee spaces.  We would strongly encourage the use of public transport.

We hope you find this information helpful in making your conferring ceremony an enjoyable and memorable occasion for you and your guests.  If you have any queries relating to the conferring ceremony please contact Mary Power at (01) 636 4206 or

Graduands must wear the appropriate robes on the day. The cost of hire of the robes is €45 and is payable directly to the robe-hire company, Phelan Conan.  Robes must be pre-booked online at or if you preferto pay by bank draft or postal order please complete the booking form.

*Robes are collected at the Phelan Conan desk in O’Reilly Hall on the day of the ceremony.

Lafayette Photography are the official graduation photographers and framers for NCAD*. Indoor studios will be available on the day, both before and after the ceremony.  It is advisable to pre-book your photography online at through the “Graduation Photography” section.  Online bookings will close at midday the day before your graduation. Lafayette is open 2 hours prior to your ceremony and to avoid queues you can have your photograph taken beforehand.  You do not need your certificate for your photograph as a prop will be provided. A pricelist of services is available here

*Please note that any other photographers who may be at O’Reilly Hall on the day are not official agents of NCAD and we cannot accept any responsibility for arrangements entered into by graduands or their guests.