Your Graduation Day
Firstly, Congratulations on your achievement!
We know how much work you have put in to get to this stage so we want to make your day and evening as enjoyable and as memorable for you as we can!
Outlined below is the schedule of events for the evening so you and your guests are well versed on what is happening and what steps you need to take on the day to ensure it runs smoothly for you.
ONE WEEK BEFORE THE CEREMONY:
Ordering of Gown/Robe - in advance of the date for your graduation ceremony, you will have booked your robes with our gowning company Armstrong & Oxford. Robes must be ordered at least three days in advance of the ceremony at this link.
ON THE EVENING OF THE CEREMONY:
Please arrive at your assigned registration time. This is between 5.30pm and 6.30pm. This is important as it ensures that you will have enough time to get your gown and take some photos before the ceremony starts.
Registration area in Grammar School:
Graduates need to register with IBAT College Dublin staff in the Grammar School which is directly beside Saint Patrick's Cathedral. You will register in the front hall of the School and collect your number from IBAT College staff. Please ensure you keep and make note of your designated number as this is the order with which you will be required to line up and be seated with your class in the cathedral. When you have registered with the IBAT College staff and have received your number you will also collect your robes from the gowning company, Armstrong & Oxford, who will also be located in the Grammar School.
Students who do not complete registration are presumed not to be in attendance and will not be called to collect their parchment and instead will be conferred in absentia. As there will be a significant number of students registering for the ceremony, we ask that you please be on time. The graduation team has significant duties to ensure that the ceremony runs smoothly so your co-operation in this regard is much appreciated to ensure everyone has a great evening!
Lafayette is the official photographer for the Ceremony and will have a number of studios set up on the day. If you would like to avail of this service you can pre-book your photography on-line at this link. Charges for this vary, which should be paid directly to Lafayette.
The College will also have a photographer on attendance on the day, these pictures will be available to view on the graduate network Facebook page a few days after the ceremony.
The Graduation Ceremony is a formal occasion and Graduands are requested to be smartly dressed. There is no strict dress code but we would respectfully request that graduands do not wear jeans and/or trainers.
It is customary for our Graduands to wear Academic Robing to receive their award. Our robing company Armstrong & Oxford will ensure that you are fitted for the robe you have ordered. Please be reminded that Academic robes should be returned to the Armstrong and Oxford staff back in the Grammar School after the ceremony.
Guests will sit in the free seating area with other guests. Graduands will sit with their class.
The ceremony take place in St. Patricks Cathedral, will last approximately one hour and thirty minutes. We require that all guests remain in place until the newly conferred graduates have left the Cathedral in a procession.
Keynote Speaker - Peter Casey:
We are delighted to be welcoming Derry native Peter Casey who will address graduates and guests following the formal conferring of graduates. Founder and Executive Chairman of Claddagh Resources, a global recruitment and search business that places high-level executives with some of the world’s largest and most influential consulting and IT firms.
Having established successful business interests in Australia and Ireland, in 1995 Peter Casey set up Claddagh Resources in Atlanta, Georgia where he is now based. Claddagh currently operates from six locations worldwide including their European base outside Buncrana in Donegal. Their clients include well-known names such as Tata Consulting Services, Ernst & Young, Oracle, AVG Software and SAP.
Peter is best known for his role as a Dragon on the RTÉ television programme Dragons’ Den where he has made several successful investments. He is also an accomplished writer, political and business commentator, with regular articles published in the Sunday Independent. His pieces have also appeared in the Sunday Times and Sunday Business Post among others. Peter was named by Irish America Magazine as one the leading Irish American businessmen for 2007. Peter’s approach to business is simple. He likes to invest in people.
The nearest public carpark is located at Werburg Street, Dublin 8. Directions can be found here. There are also carparks at Saint Stephens Green and York Street.
After the Ceremony: