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Graduation 2020

Our yearly graduation is a day to celebrate, a highlight of our academic calendar and a day to recognise your academic achievements.  The graduation ceremony marks the end of your educational journey with us and after all the hard work and commitment, it’s time to celebrate your achievement.

The Date

The annual graduation ceremony will be held in Croke Park on Friday 6th November 2020. 


Which Graduation Ceremony should you attend?

There will be two ceremonies on the day. The time of your ceremony will depend on the award you are receiving.

Ceremony 1 commencing at 11.30am - Students graduating with QQI awards, ITEC awards, IWFM awards

Ceremony 2 commencing at 3pm - Students graduating with degrees conferred by London Metropolitan University


Booking your ticket

Students who are eligible to graduate must complete the online booking form. It is imperative you quote your student ID when booking to attend as this will support us to allocate you to the correct ceremony. Students attend free with a charge of €15 payable for guest tickets. The booking opens on 01/09/20 and closes at midnight on 23/10/20, you will be emailed a link to inform you the booking is open and you may process your booking online during those dates.

This is a ticketless event and booking can only be made via the online platform, we will have a record of your booking on the day so don't worry if you delete the email or forget to bring it with you on the day. The platform will close the bookings on 23/10/20 and bookings can not be accepted after this date as they must be made via our website. 


Booking your guests

We want to facilitate as many graduates who wish to attend as possible therefore we must limit the number of guest tickets available initially. There is an allocation of 2 guests per student with a fee of €15 payable per guest ticket. We usually have additional seating available to allocate to guests once the booking for graduates is closed. If you would like to bring more than 2 guests, please email after you have booked your ticket.  A wait list is operated for requests for additional guests with these allocated after the online booking is closed on a first come first served basis. Requests are only accepted by email via  and will only be recorded after the 01/09/20. Please do not submit a request for additional tickets before you have booked your ticket to attend.


Children attending the ceremony

We are delighted to welcome your children to the Graduation Ceremony and children under the age of 18 attend free of charge. It is necessary to book tickets for any children you intend bringing so we may allocate a seat for them -  please email with details of your children and their age. Only email after you have booked your ticket as we will tag your children's seats to your booking. An adult will need to be available to supervise young children in the guest seating area.


Time of arrival & Length of ceremony

Croke Park will be open to you 2 hours before the ceremony. You should allow to arrive at least an hour before the ceremony. If you intend to get your photograph taken, allow an hour and half. The conferring and awards ceremony takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour depending on the number of graduates in attendance.


Seating at the ceremony

As a graduate, you will be allocated a seat with your fellow graduates from your programme. Please ensure you sit in the seat allocated to you as this is the order by which graduates are conferred. You will be required to be in your seat 15 minutes before the ceremony starts. Guest seating is unallocated and available behind the graduate seating. Childen sit in the guest seating area.


Cap & Gown

You will be required to wear a cap & gown to the ceremony. These will be available to hire on the day. You will be notified of the exact fee for hiring of cap & gown during the week of 27th October 2020. Fees for 2019 were €25 and are payable directly to the gown company on the day. Please allow sufficient time for fitting of the gown and sash.



There will be a professional photgrapher on site available to take photographs of you and your family. Prices start from €25 with a variety of packages available to include a number of photographs, frames etc. This is payable directly to the photographer on the day. The photographer is available after the ceremony should you be unable to get your photograph taken beforehand. Photography will close down 15 minutes before the ceremony to ensure graduates are seated in time - please take this into consideration when joining the queue on the day.


Entering Croke Park & Car Parking on the Day

Enter Croke Park via the Hogan Stand, the conferring room is at level 5 and you can  take the lift or escalator to this level. Car Parking is available within the environs of Croke Park by entering via the Daven Car Park


Dates to Remember

Please help us to make your graduation from Portobello Institute a memorable day by remembering the dates below;

  • Friday 6th November - Graduation Day
  • Tuesday 1st September - Bookings Open
  • Friday 23rd October - Bookings Close
  • Tuesday 27th October - Additional seats allocated
  • Thursday 29th October - Further information emailed about the order of ceremony to those booked to attend



We are delighted to support you with any queries you might have - email us at with all your graduation queries. As the date gets closer, we receive a large volume of email queries, please be patient - we will respond to your query within 24 hours.


And finally.....

Graduation day is a day to celebrate and everyone in Portobello really looks forward to welcoming you and your guests to the annual Gradution Ceremony on Friday, 6th November 2020!


The Graduation Team


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