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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.

You 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 Graduation2019@mic.ul.ie. Please include your Name, ID number, and programme in the email.

Live Stream

The 2019 Conferring Ceremonies will be streamed live on the internet. It is essential to have your internet browser updated to the latest version to view the live stream. Streaming will begin shortly before the ceremony commences.

Graduation Ball

The Graduation Ball will be held in The Strand Hotel, Limerick on Saturday 26 October 2019. Tickets cost €50 and are on sale both online and at MISU Reception.  Any further information contact MISUReception@mic.ul.ie or phone +353 61 400013.

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. Queries regarding online registration should be sent to: Quality@mic.ul.ie

    Please ensure that you have ordered your academic dress - 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 invitations for the Thursday & Friday Ceremonies and two Invitations for the Saturday morning ceremony. 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: 11am-7pm
    • Friday 25 October: 8am-2.30pm & 3-4.30pm (LINC Graduands Only)
    • Saturday 26 October: 8-9.30am (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.

    • There will be no entrance to the College through the main gate on South Circular Road.
    • Entry to the Campus will be from the new entrance on Ashbourne Avenue (opposite Scotts Bar). 
    • 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 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

    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 21 October, 2018. 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 27 October. 
    • Thursday 24 October: 11am-2.30pm and 3-7pm (Thursday ceremony only)
    • Friday 25 October: 8-9.30am (Friday morning ceremony only); 10am-2pm (Friday evening ceremony only) and 4-6pm (LINC Graduands Only)
    • Saturday 26 October: 8-9.30am (LINC Graduands Only)
    • Robes must be returned prior to 6.30pm on Thursday and Friday evenings, and returned by 1pm 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 are the official photographers for Mary Immaculate College who have been authorised to take photographs on the day of Graduation. It is strongly advisable to pre-book your photography online, as early as possible, at www.lafayette.ie. Online booking will close at midnight on Wednesday 23 October 2019.

    Lafayette will send you your order receipt via email which you can present to the Lafayette Photography staff on the day of your graduation. There will be eight 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 12 noon, and from 8am on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October. It is important that you check in with Lafayette Registration Desk in Room T214 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 website.

    If you have any difficulties booking your photographs, please check the FAQ section of the Lafayette 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. This information should be supplied in advance to the Access and Disability Officer so that the necessary arrangements can be made.

    Contact
    Access & Disability Officer
    Maura Moore
    +353 61 204927

    Frequently Asked Questions

    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 Graduation2019@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 and 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 Carrie.Ryan@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.

    Since 2008, graduates of Mary Immaculate College can obtain secure electronic copies of the following award documents using the Digitary system: Parchment, European Diploma Supplement and Transcript.

    In each year, this documentation is made available in the week following the graduation ceremonies.

    Yes. If you wish to receive your parchment as Gaeilge, please email Carrie.Ryan@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.

    The name on your parchment will be the name under which you registered with the college i.e. the name on your birth certificate unless otherwise specified. Notifications should be sent to Carrie.Ryan@mic.ul.ie.

    Please note that there is a €60 fee for additional or replacement parchment.

    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 at least 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 currently entitled to three invitation tickets. The graduand does not need a ticket. We trust that you will understand the constraints that have dictated 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 our Access and Disability Officer, Maura Moore on Maura.Moore@mic.ul.ie or phone +353 61 204927 so that we may ensure your comfort and your enjoyment of the ceremony.

    Layafette Photography (www.lafayette.ie) are the appointed official College photographers for the forthcoming graduation. Their team will be present in TARA building for the duration of the various ceremonies.

    Lafayette are the only official photographers approved by the College and 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 Siochána.

    • There will be no entrance to the College through the main gate on South Circular Road.
    • Entry to the Campus will be from the entrance on Ashbourne Avenue (opposite Scott Bar).
    • 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
    • Conferring Day Checklist
    • Robes & Photography
    • Access & Disability Information
    • Frequently Asked Questions

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