What to Expect

On arrival

  • Head to the registration area as we need to know you are here and ready to graduate
  • You will then line up in programme order and seating order
  • It is important that you stay in the correct order.  If you are unsure about anything, please speak to a marshal.
  • Marshals will be on hand to help you with your academic dress.

 

Congratulations and presentation of qualifications

  • Each graduand will be asked by a marshal to head towards the stage
  • When it’s your turn, walk across the stage to shake hands with the designated official presenter
  • If you’re receiving a Degree, a ceremonial trencher will be held over your head and you will be instructed to put your trencher on your head
  • If you already hold a degree you may wear your trencher onto the stage
  • You will be presented with your qualification as you leave the stage
  • Don’t forget to smile as there will be photos taken while you are both on and off the stage 

Closing speeches and karakia

  • After the closing speeches and karakia, the official procession of staff leaves the stage and you follow
  • The ceremonies will take approximately two hours

Refreshments

After the Ceremony there will be light refreshments. This is an opportunity to mix and mingle with your fellow graduates and academic staff.