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Graduation

General Information

Mary Immaculate College's annual Graduation Ceremonies take place over three days in October of each year. The information provided on this page provides you with all the information you need to ensure that your visit to MIC and your attendance at graduation day will be both enjoyable and memorable.

Dates and times for 2019 Graduation:

  • Thursday 24 October (3pm)
  • Friday 25 October (10am & 3pm)
  • Saturday 26 October (10am)

The conferring of Academic Awards by the President of the University of Limerick, Dr Des Fitzgerald, will take place in the MIC Limerick on the dates outlined. All ceremonies will take place in the Tailteann Sports building.

You are required to be present in the appropriate academic dress and seated in your correct place at least 30 minutes prior to the commencement of the ceremony.

All guests are invited to a refreshments reception in the College Foundation Building following the conferring ceremony. 

Please Note:

  • The names of graduands who are not in attendance may or may not be called out depending on the circumstances.
  • All graduating students must have paid all fees and cleared all debts to the College (including returning books and clearing outstanding library fines), otherwise they will not be allowed to graduate. Library fines/charges may be paid at the MIC library by Thursday 17 October 2019.
  • Graduation queries should be sent to Graduation@mic.ul.ie. Please include your Name, ID number, and programme in the email.

Graduation Ball

The Graduation Ball will be held in The Strand Hotel, Limerick on Saturday 26 October 2019.

Guest Invitations

Each graduand that has registered that they will attend their conferring ceremony is entitled to three guest invitations for the Thursday, Friday & Saturday ceremonies. Invitations must be collected and signed for by the graduand. The graduand does not need a ticket. Please note that once the venue has reached capacity having an invitation will not guarantee entry to the conferring hall and your guests will be seated in an adjacent venue (TN1).

It will not be possible to admit anyone without an official invitation. Those arriving earliest will be seated in the main Conferring Venue (TN3). Individuals arriving after the main venue has reached capacity will be required to sit in an adjacent venue (TN1) where the proceedings can be viewed on a screen. Guests without invitations will also be accommodated in this venue. To ensure the comfort of families, children and other guests, it will also be necessary to seat parents with young children (under 8) in TN1.

Due to the large number of people to be accommodated and stringent fire safety regulations, additional invitations will not be available.

Your invitations will be available for collection from the Students' Union Reception Area in the TARA Building at the following times:

  • Thursday 24 October: 11.00am-7.00pm
  • Friday 25 October: 8.00am-2.30pm & (3.30pm-6.00pm LINC graduands Only)
  • Saturday 26 October: 8.00am-9.30am (LINC graduands Only)

Conferring Day Checklist

To help make your day an enjoyable and memorable occasion for both yourself and your guest, please note the following:

    You will not be able to graduate unless you have paid all fees and cleared all debts prior to your graduation.

    You are required to indicate to the College in relation to your attendance/non-attendance via Online Registration. An email containing a link to Online Registration will be sent to your personal email address. Online registration will open on 3 October and will close on 9 October. Please ensure that you attend to this email as soon as possible. Queries regarding online registration should be sent to: Graduation@mic.ul.ie

    Please ensure that you have ordered your academic robe by 20 October from Phelan Conan (see Phelan Conan website). Robes will be available for collection from Student Union Lounge T001.

    Each graduand that has registered that they will attend their conferring ceremony is entitled to three guest invitations for the Thursday, Friday & Saturday ceremonies. Invitations must be collected and signed for by the graduand. The graduand does not need a ticket.

    It will not be possible to admit anyone without an official invitation. Those arriving earliest will be seated in the main Conferring Venue (TN3). Individuals arriving after the main venue has reached capacity will be required to sit in an adjacent venue (TN1) where the proceedings can be viewed on a screen. Guests without invitations will also be accommodated in this venue. To ensure the comfort of families, children and other guests, it will also be necessary to seat parents with young children (under 8) in TN1.

    Due to the large number of people to be accommodated and stringent fire safety regulations, additional invitations will not be available.

    Your invitations will be available for collection from the Students' Union Reception Area in the TARA Building at the following times:

    • Thursday 24 October: 11.00am-7.00pm
    • Friday 25 October: 8.00am-2.30pm & (3.30pm-6.00pm LINC graduands Only)
    • Saturday 26 October: 8.00am-9.30am (LINC graduands Only)

    Due to the limited parking facilities on the grounds and the large numbers attending, it would be in your own interest to make alternative parking arrangements. Please take note of this message from An Garda Síochána.

    • There will be no access to the College through the main gate on South Circular Road.
    • Entry to the Campus will be from the entrance on Ashbourne Avenue (opposite Scotts).
    • Limited disc parking is available on the South Circular Road, directly outside the main College gates.
    • Summerville Avenue will be a one-way system (no access from the Dock Road to South Circular Road via Summerville Avenue). Gardaí will be towing away illegally parked cars.
    • You are advised not to leave items of value in your cars while attending the Graduation ceremonies. 

    Robes & Photography

    Academic robes may be hired from Phelan Conan. For further details, please see www.phelanconan.com, email studenthelpline@phelanconan.com or phone +353 1 4295300. Representatives of Phelan Conan will be located in MIC in the TARA Building (Student Union Lounge, T001) to distribute pre-booked robes.

    • It is your responsibility to book your robe. You should ensure that you do so by close of business Sunday 20 October, 2019. You will not be able to secure academic dress after that date.
    • The cost of hiring a set of robes is €42 for advance booking (which is strongly recommended) or €45 on the day. LINC graduands can only book their robes in advance; no bookings can be facilitated on Saturday 26 October. 
    • Thursday 24 October: 11.00am-2.30pm and 3.00pm-7.00pm (Friday ceremony only)
    • Friday 25 October: 8.00am-9.30am (Friday morning ceremony only); 10.00am-2.00pm (Friday evening ceremony only) and (3.30pm-6.00pm LINC graduands Only)
    • Saturday 26 October: 8.00am-9.30am (LINC graduands only)
    • Robes must be returned prior to 6.30pm on Thursday and Friday evenings, and returned by 1.00pm at the latest following Saturday's ceremony.

    Due to the implementation of a personal 3D Secure Password during the credit card payment process on www.phelanconan.com, Phelan Conan staff can no longer take bookings over the phone. This has been created to protect your payments and if you don't already have a 3D secure password, you can activate it by following the simple instructions during the booking process. If you experience any further problems with this process, please contact your bank.

    You will be required to be present in the appropriate academic dress and seated in the correct place at least 30 minutes prior to the commencement of the ceremony.

    For further details, please see the website, email: studenthelpline@phelanconan.com or phone +353 1 4295300.

    Lafayette Photography is the official photographer for Mary Immaculate College who is authorised to take photographs on the day of Graduation. It is strongly advisable to pre-book your photography online, as early as possible, at https://www.lafayette.ie/Graduation/Book. Online booking will close the night before your Graduation.

    Lafayette Photography will send you your order receipt via email and you can present the QR code to Lafayette Photography staff on the day of your graduation. There will be multiple photography studios in operation in the TARA building for the duration of the various ceremonies.

    Studios will be open on Thursday 24 October 2019 from 11.00am, and from 8.00am on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October. It is important that you check in with Lafayette Photography Registration Desk in Room T212 on the second floor of the Tara building and collect your docket first. You will then be directed to the assigned studio. Details of the packages available can be seen on the Lafayette Photography website.

    Lafayette Photography is the official Certificate Framing provider for Mary Immaculate College. The Certificate Frames may be booked online or purchased on the day of your ceremony. Please visit the frame shop at:  https://www.lafayette.ie/Shop/Frames to avail of discounted prices for MIC students valid on advance purchases only. Representatives of Lafayette Certificate Framing will be located in MIC in the TARA Building (Beside the Box Office) during the graduations to facilitate on the day customers.

    If you have any difficulties booking your photographs, please check the FAQ section of the Lafayette Photography website.

    There will also be press photographers hired by MIC, wearing official badges, at the conferring days as well as photographers taking photos on behalf of local media outlets. If you do not wish to have your photo taken, please make this clear to them. 

    Access & Disability Information

    People in the need of special accommodations who are attending the conferring ceremonies are requested to fill in and submit an Access/Disability Requirements Graduation form via email or post to Adam Moore, Student Academic Administration. The deadline for return of completed forms is Wednesday 16 October.

    Contact
    Adam Moore, Student Academic Administration
    +353 61 205102

    Frequently Asked Questions

    An email containing a link to online registration will be sent to your personal email address. Online registration will open on 3 October and will close on 9 October. Graduation packages will not be sent out. All information relating to your Graduation is available from this website. Should you have any further queries, please email Graduation@mic.ul.ie.

    If you are unable to attend your conferring ceremony, you will be able to inform the college of this via online registration and you will be conferred in absentia. Your parchment will be posted to you at your college-registered home address unless otherwise requested. You can request it to be sent to an address other than your college-registered home address by emailing Graduation@mic.ul.ie. Please provide your full name, ID number and programme in the email.

    The names of graduands who are not in attendance may or may not be called out depending on the circumstances.

    Unfortunately, conferrings cannot be deferred.

    Your parchment will be presented to you at the ceremony.

    Yes. If you wish to receive your parchment as Gaeilge, please email Graduation@mic.ul.ie by 5pm on Wednesday 9 October 2019. In the email, please provide your full name, ID number and programme you have completed.

    If the Gaeilge parchment is requested in addition to an English parchment there will be a charge of €60.

    As well as your own choice of clothing, you are required to wear academic dress. Robes may be hired from Phelan Conan. For further details, please see www.phelanconan.com, email studenthelpline@phelanconan.com or phone +353 1 4295300.

    You are required to be present in the appropriate academic dress and seated in your correct place 30 minutes prior to the commencement of the ceremony.

    Each ceremony can be of different duration. However, the average duration of a ceremony is typically 1.5 to 2 hours.

    To comply with Fire and Safety regulations it is necessary to restrict the number of guests. All graduands are entitled to three guest invitation tickets. The graduand does not need a ticket. We trust that you will understand the constraints that dictate this limitation. 

    Yes. To ensure the comfort of families, children and other guests, it will be necessary to seat parents with young children (under 8) in the adjacent room TN1 where they will be able to view the proceedings on a screen.

    Yes. If a graduand, or a guest, has special requirements, please do not hesitate to contact Adam Moore in Student Academic Administration, on Adam.Moore@mic.ul.ie or phone +353 61 205102 so that we may ensure your comfort and your enjoyment of the ceremony.

    Layafette Photography (https://www.lafayette.ie/Graduation/Book) is the appointed official College photographer for the forthcoming graduation. Their team will be present in TARA building for the duration of the various ceremonies.

    Lafayette Photography is the only official photographer approved by the College. No other professional photographers (apart from approved press photographers) will be permitted on the campus on Graduation days.

    Due to the limited parking facilities on the grounds and the large numbers attending, it would be in your own interest to make alternative parking arrangements. Please take note of this message from An Garda Síochána.

    • There will be no access to the College through the main gate on South Circular Road.
    • Entry to the Campus will be from the entrance on Ashbourne Avenue (opposite Scotts).
    • Limited disc parking is available on the South Circular Road, directly outside the main College gates.
    • Summerville Avenue will be a one-way system (no access from the Dock Road to South Circular Road via Summerville Avenue). Gardaí will be towing away illegally parked cars.
    • You are advised not to leave items of value in your cars while attending the Graduation ceremonies. 

    Each ceremony will be followed by a complimentary reception in the Foundation Building, including tea/coffee and a light buffet for you and your guests.

    Congratulations on your achievement and enjoy your conferring day!

    • General Information
    • Graduation Schedule
    • Guest Invitations
    • Conferring Day Checklist
    • Robes & Photography
    • Access & Disability Information
    • Frequently Asked Questions