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


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