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Doctoral Candidates

Congratulations on the successful completion of your doctoral studies at the University of Limerick. Doctoral conferrings at UL differ from other such conferrings in the country. To ensure that the conferrings proceed as smoothly as possible, you are required to comply with the following instructions:

You will receive written confirmation outlining details of your rehearsal, and you must confirm your intention to attend.  On the day of graduation, you must present yourself for a dress rehearsal prior to your conferring. This is compulsory.  You must wear your robes at the rehearsal.

Please complete and submit this form to confirm your attendance at the dress rehearsal.


Dress Code

Your graduation ceremony is both a celebration and a formal occasion, and we ask you to dress accordingly.    Smart business attire is required.   Please note that denim, t-shirts, track suits, runners or flip flops should not be worn.

Because it might take you some time to become comfortable wearing your robe, hood and cap on graduation day, it is important that the rest of your clothing and footwear are comfortable. During the ceremony you will be required to walk up and down steps prior to and during the ceremony so we strongly recommend that you wear appropriate footwear. If you wear high heels, please be sure that you can wear them with confidence walking up and down steps and on stage to receive your parchment.

International students may wear their national dress under their academic robes. Service personnel may wear their uniforms under their academic robes. 

Caps are an integral part of academic dress for all those being conferred with the Degrees of Doctor and Higher Doctor.  

If you bring personal items such as a bag or camera to the ceremony, please either give them to your guests to look after or leave them under your seat when you go on stage to receive your parchment.

The University takes great pride and care in celebrating your achievements and therefore asks that you respect and support its effort and mark the occasion by dressing appropriately



Each graduand must wear the appropriate academic robe during rehearsal and the ceremony.  Robes should be hired from Phelan Conan Ltd. on .     Phelan Conan Ltd. will be located in EG010 (ground floor of the main building) during graduation week at the following times.   Online booking will commence on 01st of April 2019 and close on 9th of June 2019 for the Summer Conferring Ceremony

The robe hire company will be located in EG010 (ground floor of the main building) on graduation day, where you can collect and return your robe at the following times:

Tuesday11th June 2019                        11h00 to 19h00


Please collect your robes in advance of the ceremony and wear them to the Rehearsal.   If you are not robed in time, it will not be possible to allow you to graduate.

For further information, contact Henrietta Murphy at 061-202118/202363  or email