Past Events

Each year we welcome thousands of our alumni back to campus, for Mentoring eventsReunions, Choral Scholars or Symphony Orchestra performances, Spoken Word events, Alumni Awards and the UCD Festival, or simply to pay a nostalgic visit to relive those great memories of student days.

We are delighted to welcome you back and are always looking for ways of improving and evolving our event programme to make sure we have something for everybody.

We will keep you informed about our events as they happen. Make sure to update your details with us at the link below to ensure that you receive email updates and that you’re not missing out on that special event!


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UCD Alumni Law Milestone Reunions

Professor Imelda Maher, Dean UCD Sutherland school of Law, was delighted to welcome so many of the classes of 1979,1989, 1999 and 2009 back for their Law Milestone Reunion which took place on Friday 18 October 2019.  It was a wonderful evening of renewing old friendships, sharing memories and learning about the latest developments in the UCD Sutherland school of law.

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Matheson Seminar 2019

In partnership with the UCD Sutherland School of Law, Matheson held a half-day event which focused on culture and governance in the financial services and the introduction by the Central bank of Ireland.

The morning was made up of two panel discussions with Q&A at each session. The first panel focused on SEAR:Background and Proposal with Lavinia Groves of Citi Group, Marion Kelly of Irish Banking Culture Board, Karen Reynolds of Matheson and Professor Takis Tridimas of King’s College London.  The second panel focused on Practical Implementation of the SEAR for Employers with Professor Niamh Brennan of UCD, Bryan Dunne of Matheson, Mark Hunt of The Bank of New York Mellon and Emma Nelson of Cit Group.  The seminar finished up with a networking lunch, a successful day had by all.

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UCD Alumni BP Panel Discussion London | November 2019

We were delighted to welcome London-based alumni to the BP HQ in St. James’s Square, London for a panel discussion on the topic of “Advancing the Energy Transition”. The evening was graciously hosted by BP Upstream CEO and UCD engineering alumnus Bernard Looney. The panel discussion was chaired by the UCD Dean of Engineering, Professor Aoife Ahern, who was joined by academic and UCD Energy Institute representative, Dr Eoin Syron and BP VP, Long-Term Strategy, Dominic Emery. It was a lively and informative session with guests enjoying canapes and networking following the discussion.

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Golden and Diamond Jubilee Reunion

The classes of 1959 and 1969 celebrated their 50th and 60th anniversary at a reunion lunch on Friday, 20 September 2019 in O’Reilly Hall, Belfield. The reunion was hosted by the President of UCD, Professor Andrew J Deeks.

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UCD Alumni Event Melbourne

Melbourne Chapter Representatives Sean McKeon and Shane Kilcullen joined UCD alumni based in Melbourne for an informal gathering at The Celtic Club in North Melbourne on Friday, 30 August 2019. Live Irish traditional music was performed in the background, while alumni mingled freely in a venue with great history being Australia’s first Irish club.

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UCD Veterinary Sporting Greats Event

UCD Veterinary Sporting Greats, an event to celebrate veterinary graduates’ sporting achievements, took place in Astra Hall in UCD on Friday, 19 July. The Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Professor Michael Doherty, and colleagues from across the UCD Community were joined by a host of veterinary sporting stars. The event was hosted by RTÉ’s Evanne Ni Chuilinn.

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UCD Alumni Reception Beijing 2019

We were delighted to welcome a packed room to the elegant Kempinksi Hotel in Chaoyang, Beijing for an alumni reception on July 06. The event was hosted by UCD President, Professor Andrew J Deeks and attended by H.E. Eoin O’Leary, Ambassador of Ireland. The evening was chaired by Deputy Vice-President for Global Engagement, Professor Paul Fanning, who was joined by Director of UCD Global, Dr Douglas Proctor for a Q&A session. The Q&A panel featured Beijing-Dublin International College Assistant Professor, Zuzanna Studnika and UCD alumna, Yitong Li. Guests enjoyed food inspired by local cuisine whilst chatting and mingling.

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UCD Global Festival 2019

This summer we were thrilled to hold seven global events to mark the 4th UCD Festival. These events demonstrate our growing global connections and the development of our international alumni chapters. From an iftar gathering in the Middle East to a Trivia Night in Boston, the events were as diverse as our chapters and their locations. We look forward to the scope of the celebrations expanding even further next year. If you are based overseas, check our website to see if we have a chapter in your location.

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UCD School of Medicine Alumni Reunion 2019

The UCD Medicine Alumni Reunion 2019 took place on Friday, 17 May 2019 in the O’Reilly Hall, featuring the Classes of 1959, 1964, 1969, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2009 and 2018.  The graduates of the Class of 2018 were invited as part of the Medical Graduate Association’s graduate mentoring initiative. The reunion gala dinner followed the Alumni Symposium which took place earlier in the day.

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UCD School of History Alumni Evening 2019

Professor Robert Gerwarth, Head of School of History, welcomed Dee Forbes, Director General RTÉ, to speak to fellow alumni at an alumni evening on 21 May 2019. The event, which was hosted in the School of History, gave alumni the opportunity meet for a convivial occasion and to hear from a fellow graduate about her experience in UCD and her subsequent career.

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UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Alumni Reception 2019

The School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics brought together past alumni and current staff for a casual evening of talks and discussions in the Newman Building. Emeritus staff Jean Michel-Picard and Vĕra Cápková addressed the gathered alumni and there was a roundtable discussion with graduates Nicholas Twist, Niamh O’Connell, Seán O’Keeffe and Deirdre Hanley. This was followed by a food and wine reception.

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UCD Classical Society Inaugural Lecture 2019

The UCD Classical Society held their inaugural lecture on Thursday 25 April 2019 in the FitzGerald Chamber in the UCD Student Centre. A large crowd of students, alumni, and friends gathered to enjoy a wonderful lecture entitled Arcana imperii: soft power and the secrets of the Augustan Revolution” given by Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill from the University of Cambridge. The evening was rounded off with a post-lecture reception in the Student Centre.

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Frank McGuinness Symposium April 2019

Irish playwright Professor Frank McGuinness was awarded the UCD Ulysses Medal, the highest honour the University can bestow on 24 April 2019. In recognition of his immense contribution to education and Irish literature, the Donegal native received the honour at a special ceremony marking his retirement from the UCD School of English, Drama and Film.

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UCD Alumni Reception, Embassy of Ireland, Brussels, March 2019

An alumni reception took place in the Embassy of Ireland, Brussels to mark the annual SPIRe Postgraduate Student Field Trip to the European Institutions. The event was hosted by H.E. Ms Helena Nolan, Ambassador of Ireland and Professor Colin Scott, UCD Vice President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion attended and addressed the crowd. The eventing also included a speech from UCD Brussels based alumna Maeve Doran Schiratti.

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UCD Alumni Reception – Carnegie Hall, NYC, March 2019

The President of University College Dublin, Professor Andrew J Deeks was delighted to welcome so many alumni, friends and corporate partners to the beautiful Weill Terrace Room in Carnegie Hall, New York on March 15th for a pre-concert reception.
The reception celebrated the inaugural performance of theChoral Scholarsin Carnegie Hall and also gave us the opportunity to invite New York-based renowned architect Steven Holl, of Steven Holl Architects to lead us through his ambitious plans for the Future Campus project and the new UCD Centre for Creativity.

College Principal, Professor Sarah Prescott ended the evening showcasing current creativity in the UCD College of Arts & Humanities.

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UCD Graduate Study Fair – O’Reilly Hall, February 2019

UCD held a Graduate Study Fair in the O’Reilly Hall on 20 February 2019 for prospective postgraduate students to find about graduate study in UCD. Staff from Registry, the Graduate Study Office and UCD’s colleges and schools were joined by 5 alumni who had undertaken postgraduate study at UCD and discussed their programmes and career journeys to date.

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UCD Alumni Reception Dubai, UAE

We were delighted to welcome back our Dubai based alumni to an alumni Reception at the Irish owned Bonnington Hotel in Dubai on January 24. The reception date coincided with the launch of the UCD Global Centre in Dubai, by Ambassador Aidan Cronin.

Ambassador Cronin also attended the evening reception where he greeted UCD graduates and friends based in the UAE. He spoke about the importance of graduates of all Irish universities connecting overseas and how we are all ambassadors for our country.

The evening also featured an address given by UCD Vice-President for Global Engagement Dolores O’Riordan and a Q&A with Commerce graduate, Aisling McVeigh. Aisling happily discussed her career as a Riverdance dancer and is now Marriott Hotel Group Senior Manager for Luxury Brand Marketing. We look forward to more events later in the year.

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UCD Alumni Reception, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia based alumni were delighted to attend a reception hosted by Ambassador Gerard McCoy at the Embassy of Ireland in Riyadh on Tuesday, January 22. UCD Vice- President for Global Engagement addressed the room, giving updates on campus changes and developments and introducing the UCD highlights video for 17/18.

This was followed by a Q&A with alumna, Dr Paula Kenny, Associate Professor of Law at Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University. Following the Q&A, guests were invited to network and mingle with the speakers and catch up with former classmates. A wonderful evening was had by all.

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UCD Career Mentoring 2018/19

Now in its 5th year, this year’s UCD Career Mentoring programme matched over 180 second year undergraduate students from the UCD College of Arts and Humanities, the UCD College of Social Sciences and Law, and the UCD College of Science (Chemistry) with alumni volunteer mentors. Through this programme, mentors will share their professional experience to help develop students’ understanding of the workplace, enhance their employability skills and add positively to their experience as students. Alongside representatives from UCD Alumni Relations, UCD Career Development, and participating UCD Colleges and Schools, alumni and students attend the launch event on Thursday, 24 January 2019 where they took part in training and met each other for the first time.

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UCD Alumni Reception Copenhagen

UCD alumni gathered in the Irish Embassy in Copenhagen in January, very kindly hosted by Ambassador Cliona Manahan. Prof Paul Fanning, Deputy Vice-President for Global Engagement welcomed alumni, introduced the UCD highlights video and facilitated an ‘in conversation’ with two alumni living and working in Copenhagen – Rory Byrne and Fergus Murphy. Thank you to everyone who came out to meet us and we look forward to lots more engagement with our alumni in Denmark.

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