Graduation 2020

The NCAD Conferring Ceremony 2020

Dear Graduand,

I hope that your summer was both restful and fun, and that the months ahead are full of promise!  We are delighted that many of you took up the opportunity to come on campus during the month of September and make work, and hope that it went well for you! 

As you will recall from the Summer, we undertook to come back to you with a sense of what was possible in terms of our approach to graduation.  At that time, and in the current moment, we were conscious of, and concerned about, what would be possible when gathering people together in a single location. 

Having explored possibilities for an indoor gathering and the constraints required in terms of physical distance and the additional restraints linked to the Level of restrictions, it is clear that it is not feasible to deliver an in-person gathering to mark your graduation.  It is also clear that it is not possible to predict when in-person gatherings will be feasible.  While we are all looking forward to an end to the pandemic and the associated restrictions, there is no reason to assume that we will be free of this uncertainty and varying levels of restraints for quite some time.

In light of these considerations, the approach we take to Conferring for the duration of ‘Living with COVID’ is as follows:

  • The process of conferring Graduands in absentia (not in person) will take place on 3 December 2020
  • Parchments will therefore be available to be posted to students in early January 2021.
  • A live virtual Graduation Ceremony will take place on 25 January 2021.
    • Students will be able to hire gowns for the Ceremony (please click on Robing).
    • Students will have received their parchments ahead of the Ceremony.
  • A recording of the Graduation Ceremony will be made, and will be available for download by graduates.
  • In the future, once COVID restrictions are no longer needed, Graduates and their families will be invited to come together in NCAD to celebrate your achievement.

We understand that, unavoidable as it is, you may be very disappointed not to have the opportunity to gather in person to celebrate your graduation, and not to have a range of alternative ceremonial options to choose from.  We share that disappointment and are determined to create a Ceremony that will look and feel like an NCAD event, and capture a sense of the particularity of this graduating year - of you and your work, and the particular circumstances and challenges that you have overcome.

We look forward to seeing you virtually and celebrating your achievements in January.

With all good wishes,


Professor Sarah Glennie

Director NCAD

Phelan Conan Ltd are currently offering free nationwide home delivery on all graduation gown hires for NCAD virtual graduation ceremony on 25 January 2021.  This will enable you to celebrate your achievement by holding your own graduation, while taking pictures in your gown and enjoying the day at home with your family and friends. Click on the link to see a short video - Graduate at home with gowns from Phelan Conan.

Please visit and select ‘graduate gown hire’ to book your gown (€45 with free nationwide home delivery). The gown will then be delivered to your address, or can be collected in store if preferred. The deadline for bookings is 5 working days prior to Graduation date, to ensure you get your gown in time for your virtual graduation.

We hope you enjoy your day and wish you all the best for your future careers.

Lafayette Photography is providing private studio photography sittings (by appointment) in their Dublin studio where you and your family can avail of professional graduation and family photographs. This service is available from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm and can be booked online, by email or call on 01 4295740.  Certificate frames are also available to purchase online in the online frame shop.

Lafayette Photography Price List 2021

As new NCAD graduates, you form part of the wider National University of Ireland (NUI) academic community, along with graduates from UCD, UCC, NUI Galway, and a number of other Irish colleges.  Being part of the NUI means that those of you who have gained qualifications at degree level or above (and who are Irish citizens) have the right to vote in elections to Seanad Éireann, which is the upper house of the Irish parliament.  Your vote is not automatic – to claim it, you must complete a short NUI form that is available on, and return this by email or post to the NUI (please note that this form is also available for completion in Irish).  Full details are available on the NUI website