Autumn Conferring 2024

Dates: Thursday 22nd to Tuesday 27th August 2024.

(Dates may be subject to change. Check this page for regular updates).

Location: Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na MacLéinn, University of Galway.

Provisional Schedule: Autumn 2024 Conferring Schedule


Before your Conferring Day

Eligible Graduands

  • Undergraduate
    Bachelor only; All colleges (except for final Medicine and final Therapies)
  • Postgraduate
    PhD, MD, Masters Research only; all colleges.
    Postgraduate Research Deadline : 14th June 2024



Provisional Autumn 2024 Conferring Schedule


Information Email

An email with further information relating to the Autumn Conferring will be sent to all eligible graduands in August 2024

If you have not received an email, please check that you are eligible to be conferred (passed exams and paid fees by deadlines);

  • please check your junk folder.
  • please ensure your student email address is active and you can receive emails.
  • for any issues accessing University email accounts, please refer to, MFA - University of Galway.

If you have not received an email in relation to the upcoming ceremony and have concerns, please contact or phone +353 91494402.


Fees Deadline

All fees must be cleared by the close of business 19th June 2024 to be eligible to attend the Autumn Conferring.
All fees related queries should be directed to the Fees Office.


Postgraduate Research Deadline 

Deadline for postgraduate research is 14 June 2024.

All steps of the thesis submission process must be completed by this date.
Please see process for submitting thesis on Examinations page for information 

Parchment Name Check

The name on your parchment is the name you supplied the university with when applying for your course and is the name that will appear on your degree parchment.
Please ensure your name is correct for the issue of parchments (this includes accents, apostrophes, etc.). Please check your Registration Statement and/or Transcript of Results to confirm.
Name change requests must be directed to the Student Registry Helpdesk. Deadline for name changes to included in the Autumn Conferring 28th June 2024



All students to be conferred must wear the correct Academic Robes as directed by the National University of Ireland:
The official robemakers for University of Galway are Phelan Conan Ltd.
Robes can be pre ordered online at  (Pre-order deadline date to be confirmed)
The pre-paid hire fee is €45 or Pay on the Day hire fee is €50.
For gown collection and drop-off location, please refer to 'Conferring Day' below.
Gown collection times to be confirmed for the Autumn Conferring.
For additional information on Robe hire click here.


Lafayette Photographers have been appointed as the official University photographers.
Pre-book your conferring photography online at to activate your private gallery and to view price.
Please contact Lafayette directly for photography related queries.


PhD Deferrals

Deferral of Conferring: MD and PhD graduands only may request to defer their graduation once to the next session only
Email with your request to defer no later than 7th August (2 weeks before your conferring date).



On your Conferring Day


Free parking is available at the Park & Ride carpark and a free shuttle bus will run between the Park & Ride carpark and the Orbsen Building (adjacent to the Bailey Allen Hall) at regular intervals. Please refer to campus map (No. 42 on the map).
The first park & ride shuttle bus will leave the Park & Ride Carpark at 8am.
The last park & ride shuttle bus will leave the Orbsen building at 6.30pm.
Parking is heavily restricted on the main campus and clamping is in operation.  
There are limited disabled parking spaces on campus for valid disabled parking permit holders. Please refer to the campus map.


Robe Collection and Return Location

Robe collection is from the Seminar Rooms GO10/GO11, in the Hardiman Research Buildings (inside the foyer of the James Hardiman Library) (Link from google maps)  
Robe collection and robe return dates and times will be confirmed.
Please direct all robing queries to Phelan Conan (


Invitation location

Admission to the conferring ceremony is strictly by invitation only and invitations must be presented at the entrance to the ceremony in the Bailey Allen Hall. 
Graduands will receive their invitations when collecting robes in the Seminar Rooms GO10/GO11 in the Hardiman Research Building from Phelan Conan Ltd.  
Each graduand will receive 1 graduand and 2 guest invitations.


Conferring Venue

The conferring ceremonies take place in the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na MacLéinn, University of Galway.
For more information, please refer to University of Galway Map (No. 6 on the map).
Once you are robed and have collected your invitations, please make your way to the Bailey Allen Hall.
Graduands (wearing academic robes) and guests must be seated 30 minutes before the ceremony begins. 
Any guest without an invitation will be directed to the live streaming venue adjacent to the Bailey Allen Hall.


Seating for Graduands & Guests

Seats are assigned to graduands in the Bailey Allen Hall.
The seating lists are displayed outside the Bailey Allen Hall and outside seminar rooms GO10/GO11 (robe collection)
Guest seating is located to the right and far left of the hall.
In the interest of safety, prams/buggies are not permitted in the conferring hall. 
Each ceremony usually takes approximately 1.5 hours and as such is not a suitable event for children under 5.

Live Streaming of Conferring Ceremony

Each conferring ceremony will be livestreamed in the Bank of Ireland Theatre, O'Donoghue Centre, which is adjacent to the Bailey Allen Hall.
Any guest without an invitation will be directed to the live streaming venue.  
There will be a link available to the live streaming to share with family and friends who cannot attend on the day. Link is not yet available.



At the end of the ceremony, graduates will be invited to join the Academic Procession exiting the hall.
Refreshments will be served for graduates and guests in the HBB Building (located to the right when exiting Áras na MacLéinn).

Special Requests

If you or your guests have any access requirements or need special assistance for the conferring ceremonies, please email with your request.


After your Conferring Ceremony

Robe Return

Robes must be returned to the Seminar Rooms GO10/GO11, The Hardiman Research Building (adjacent to James Hardiman Library). 
Robe collection and return are from the same location. 
Robe return times are not yet available.
Please do not leave robes outside the robing rooms outside of the return times.


In Absentia

If a graduand is unable to attend their conferring ceremony, they will be conferred 'In Absentia' and their parchment will be posted to their home address (as listed on our system) within 2 weeks of each respective ceremony.
Please ensure your home address is up to date. 
Address details can be updated by clicking on the following link for the Student Registry Helpdesk:
An international phone number is required where parchments are sent to an international address. 
Deadline for address changes is 16th August 2024.


Degree Parchment

Degree Parchments are issued in Latin.
For graduates wishing to obtain an English copy of their degree parchment, please contact the National University of Ireland (NUI) directly via their website: Document Services for Graduates | National University of Ireland (

Diploma Supplements

Diploma Supplements will be posted in due course to each graduate.
Please ensure your home address is up to date. 
Address details can be updated by clicking on the following link for the Student Registry Helpdesk:
Deadline for address changes is 16th August 2024.



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