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.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions it is causing, we have decided to post-pone the graduation event due to take place on 6th November ’20 to 9th April ’21. We will forward your transcripts and awards to you as we receive them from the examining bodies. On graduation day in April’ 21, we will present you with a Portobello Institute award that will recognise your achievements giving you the opportunity to participate fully in a normal graduation event.

By post-poning this event to next April, we are hoping we will be able to celebrate fully, your academic achievements. We want to offer you and your family the opportunity to attend an award ceremony that you will remember for many years to come.

The Date

The annual graduation ceremony will be held in Croke Park on Friday 9th April 2021.

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 01/02/21 and closes at midnight on 31/03/21, 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 31/03/21 and bookings can not be accepted after this date as they must be made via our website. 

Booking your guests

01/02/21We 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 graduation@portobelloinstitute.ie 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 graduation@portobelloinstitute.ie  and will only be recorded after the 01/02/21. 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 graduation@portobelloinstitute.ie 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 and 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 and gown during the week of 29th March 2021. 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 9th April 2021 – Graduation Day
  • Monday 1st February – Bookings Open
  • Wednesday 31st March – Bookings Close
  • Thursday 2nd April – Additional seats allocated
  • Friday 3rd April – 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 graduation@portobelloinstitute.ie 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 April 2021!

The Graduation Team