Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Order of proceedings

Higher Degree 2017Graduands and guests are invited to the conferring venue one hour and 30 minutes in advance of the ceremony commencement time. 

It is important that graduands attend at least one hour prior to ensure there is ample time for registration and gowning. This time also provides an opportunity to have photographs taken with the conferring photographer.


At registration graduands will be provided with a conferring programme, contained within the programme will be admittance tickets for guests. Guests will be ushered to their seats on their arrival to the conferring hall.

Graduands will be allocated a seat number which will be outlined on the front cover of their conferring programme; this number signifies the order in which you will be presented with your parchment.

Conferring hall

When graduands have taken their seats the academic procession will enter the conferring hall. Following an introduction the conferring ceremony will be declared open.

At this time, graduands will be asked to stand and form a line to the side of the conferring hall by a member of RCSI staff. Graduands will be invited to the platform individually to receive their parchments and will then descend back to their seat using the opposite side of the stage.

When all graduands have received their parchment, the conferring ceremony will be declared closed and speeches will then take place.