All students who have successfully completed the requirements of their programme of study are entitled to graduate. This includes the requirement to have all fees paid and library items returned. The Application to Graduate form must be completed and returned to Whitireia either by post, email or in person by 15 February 2018. If the application is not received by this date then your award will be conferred in absentia.
If you are unable to attend the graduation ceremony, your qualification will be conferred in absentia and posted to you after the ceremony. You still need to complete the Application to Graduate form to ensure we have your correct address details.
If you register for this graduation ceremony but then are subsequently unable to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 9 March 2018. If you miss this deadline, your qualification will be conferred in absentia. Your qualification can only be conferred once, so you will not be able to graduate at another ceremony.
12 noon: graduands assemble in the Atrium at the Porirua campus and line up in alphabetical order with their programme cohort
12:30pm: the graduand procession begins
12:40pm: graduands arrive at the arena
12:45pm: all guests to be seated*
1:00pm: ceremony begins
3:30pm: light refreshments
*Please note that late arrivals will not be permitted to enter the arena once the ceremony has started
The graduation procession will take place before the ceremony and is a highlight of this celebration. Graduands are to assemble in academic regalia in the Atrium at the Porirua campus no later than 12 noon. You will be briefed and sorted into programme cohorts before processing along Wi Neera Drive to Te Rauparaha Arena at 12.30pm.
Please note, the procession is for graduands only.
If the procession is cancelled:
Guests are asked to arrive and be seated by 12:45pm; late arrivals will not be permitted to enter the arena once the ceremony begins. The ceremony will take approximately three hours. As a sign of respect for those graduating, please make sure that you and your guests remain seated until the end of the ceremony.
Graduands do not require tickets, however guests do. As there is limited seating, each graduand is only guaranteed four tickets for guests. We ask that you indicate the number of guests you will be bringing on your Application to Graduate form (even if you do not intend to have any). If you wish to bring more than four guests, please indicate on your Application to Graduate form. Each additional guest will cost $20 per head. If additional guests can be accommodated we will notify you by 4 March 2018, at which time we will discuss payment with you.
If you have a guest with special seating and/or access requirements, please let us know when you apply to graduate.
Please ask guests to factor in enough time ahead of the ceremony to get a carpark. There is limited parking at the venue and it may be necessary to park further away. Information on parking in and around Porirua is available on the Whitireia website.
All graduands must wear full academic regalia. If you are not wearing academic regalia, you will not be permitted to take part and your qualification will be conferred in absentia.
Academic regalia can consist of a gown, a hood or stole and a trencher.
Embellishing your graduation regalia with garments of honour from your cultural tradition, korowai, ta’ovala, lei, sari, etc, is a welcome enrichment to the colour of the ceremony. These are worn under your hood or stole.
Your academic regalia will be available for collection a few days before and on the morning of graduation. Academic regalia must be paid for before it is collected. Check the Whitireia website for collection dates and times. Regalia must be returned to the regalia room at Te Rauparaha Arena after the ceremony.
If you are unable to attend the graduation ceremony, we will refund you for the full cost of your academic regalia hire. Cancellations of academic regalia must be emailed to email@example.com before 9 March 2018.
A photographer will be attending this graduation ceremony and will photograph you as you graduate. These will be available online a few days after the ceremony.
Images will also be taken by the official event photographer, Capture Studios, and will be supplied to Whitireia to be used for promotional purposes, including online and print.