Lá na nGradam / Awards Day

Lá na nGradam 2022 we hope to be in contact with University Scholars and Awardees soon

University Scholars:  Please note that we will be in touch with all University Scholar recipients 20/21 shortly requesting them to complete our online form to process payments.  A University Scholar Scroll will be posted to each University Scholar recipient also.

The ceremony is a formal celebration of University Scholars, prizes and gold medals. The celebration will consist of an address by the President followed by a presentation by the President of an award to each winner, and a reception afterwards. A great deal of thanks and appreciation is due to our sponsors as without their support and commitment over the years, many of the awards would not be possible.
Lá na nGradam celebrates academic achievement across the spectrum of students at NUI Galway.  The purpose of the awards is to encourage each student to develop his/her academic potential to the fullest, by setting a realistic threshold of excellence and rewarding every student who attains that level.

University Scholar

Údarás na hOllscoile will confer the title University Scholar on students who obtain the minimum requirement at the relevant examination as specified in the University Scholar Scheme 2020-2021. The title University Scholar may be held with other Scholarships or Grants awarded by the University or by an external body. ‌



Ceremony Information

Date:  Cancelled
Time: Cancelled
Location: Cancelled

Invitations: Posted to Home Address 3 weeks before ceremony.  If you are unable to attend the ceremony there is no need to contact us, we will post your prize to your home address the week after the ceremony.  

Parking: Parking at NUI Galway is heavily restricted on the main campus and clamping is in operation.  If you have a (EU) blue disabled driver’s badge, then you can use the appropriate spaces. 
Photographer: The University’s Photographer, Mr Aengus McMahon is present at the ceremonies. 
Robing: Awardees and Scholars do not wear robes. 

For Staff: Deadline for academics attending to order robes TBC. To book a robe please contact Amy O’Mahoney at amy.omahoney@phelanconan.com or 01 429 5302 indicating your name, height, qualification and University where you received your qualification.  Phelan Conan is not on site for Lá na nGradam.  Robes are available for collection in Meeting Rm 1 and 2 (upstairs Áras na Macléinn) on the day.  Please leave them back by 5pm that day, otherwise return by posting directly to Phelan Conan.  

On the day:

  • Arrive and make your way to the Bailey Allen Hall and check the notice board by the entrance for your assigned seat number.  Alternatively you can ask one of our staff members.  Please note, awardees are assigned seats in the centre aisles.
  • 30 minutes before ceremony, ensure you and your guests are seated. Guest seating is unassigned in the outer aisles of the hall. Guests are asked not to sit in any seats that have 'reserved' sign as they have been reserved for a genuine reason.
  • The Conferring Manager will make a short speech outlining the itinerary for the ceremony.
  • The Academic Procession make their way into the hall.
  • The President delivers his address.
  • When the time comes, a Conferring staff member will guide you to the stage in advance of your name being called.  When your name is called, you will walk on to the stage.
  • The President will present you with your award.
  • Each Awardee will have his/her photo taken with the President of the College before returning to their seat.
  • When the ceremony has finished, the Academic procession will make its way out of the hall followed by the awardees and their families.
  • A reception will follow in Áras na Macléinn.

Useful Links

Scholarships >
General Calendar
College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies > Prizes and Awards
J.E.Cairnes School of Business & Economics > Scholarships and Prizes

College of Engineering and Informatics > Scholarships, Awards & Prizes

College of Science > Scholarships and Prizes

Choral Scholarships