Attending a graduation ceremony

Our graduation ceremonies are held in May each year in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland.

Dates and venue details for 2015

Christchurch - Wednesday 13 May - 4.30pm

Air Force Museum
45 Harvard Avenue
Christchurch.

Wellington - Thursday 21 May - 4.30pm

Michael Fowler Centre
11 Wakefield Street
Wellington.

Auckland - Thursday 28 May 4.30pm

Sir Woolf Fisher Arena
Vodafone Events Centre
770 Great South Road
Manukau
Auckland.

>> More information about applying to graduate

2014 official photographers

If you would like to contact the official photographer from your 2014 graduation ceremony, please select the link below.

Christchurch: Linton Photography
Wellington: Woolf
Auckland: Dillon Photography

Videos of the 2014 graduation ceremonies

>> View the videos here

The Graduation Ceremony 

Each graduation ceremony is approximately 90 minutes long and is followed by refreshments for you and your guests.

The ceremony commences at 4.30 pm and graduands need to be at the venue no later than 3.00 pm.

Before the start of the ceremony all graduands will be lined up in alphabetical order by surname, within each qualification. A check of names will be carried out before you are led into the venue to your allocated seat. 

The ceremony commences with a powhiri and karakia (blessing) with short speeches of welcome. There will then be a guest speaker, who is followed by the presentation of qualifications.

When it is your turn to receive your award, staff will direct your row to stand and you will be led to the stairs on the left of the stage. A final name check will be carried out to ensure you are in order before you go on to the stage.

When your name is called, proceed to the top of the stairs and cross the stage to meet the Chief Executive. You shake hands, receive your qualification, and then pause with the Chief Executive to have your photograph taken. You then exit the stage from the stairs on the right. Staff will meet you as you exit the stage, gather your row together and lead you back to your seat. 

You need to have your hands free when on stage, so please leave handbags, etc. at your seat.

There are special instructions for degree graduands. When you reach the stage you carry your trencher (cap) in your left hand. You will then be greeted by the Council Chair who will ceremoniously ‘cap’ you. You shake hands and receive your qualification, then pause for a photograph before exiting the stage. When all graduands for your qualification have exited the stage, staff will lead you to stand in front of the stage, where the Council Chair will formally confer your qualification. You are now a graduate, and can acknowledge your achievement with the audience by waving or throwing your trencher. You will then be led back to your seat.

As a sign of respect for all students who are graduating, please make sure that you and your guests remain seated until the end of the ceremony.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, graduates will be lead out of the venue, while guests remain seated.

Graduation Regalia

You will wear academic regalia at the graduation ceremony. Regalia can be hired from the Open Polytechnic and we will send you a graduation ceremony requirements form to complete and return with your measurements and payment.

You will need to arrive at the venue for the ceremony no later than 3.00 pm where staff will assist you with your regalia. The robing area will be well signposted. Regalia is not available to graduands prior to the graduation ceremony.

Please be aware that the temperature in the venue could be warm, especially when wearing regalia. You can leave jackets etc. in the robing room for collection when returning your regalia.

The cost of hiring regalia: $35.00 for diploma graduands; $60.00 for degree graduands.

If you are graduating with a diploma but hold a degree either from Open Polytechnic or another institution you have the option of wearing degree or diploma regalia. If you choose to wear degree regalia, you will be seated with your diploma qualification graduands, but you will be wearing your degree regalia and your trencher.

You are welcome to wear cultural dress or other cultural decoration, for example korowai, lei. These are worn over your black gown and under your hood; a sari would be worn underneath.

All regalia must be returned to the robing room before you leave the venue. If the regalia is not returned at the end of the graduation ceremony you will be held liable for the cost of full replacement.

After advising your attendance, if you cannot attend a graduation ceremony, please contact Academic Registry by emailing academicrecords@openpolytechnic.ac.nz or on free phone 0508 650 200 as soon as possible. A full refund for hiring of regalia will be made if notification of your non-attendance is received at least 10 working days prior to the ceremony.

Regalia Colours

Diplomas

Black gown with blue and teal sash.

Degrees

Black gown and white fur trimmed hood lined with relevant degree colours as below.

Bachelor of Applied Management – rich cream.

Bachelor of Applied Science – empire blue.

Bachelor of Arts - pink.

Bachelor of Business – old gold.

Bachelor of Engineering Technology - claret.

Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) – post office red.

Bachelor of Social Work – To be confirmed.

Guest passes

You may bring up to eight guests (subject to venue capacity) and guest passes will be provided. Graduands do not require a pass for themselves. If you have a special request for more guest passes you can specify this on the graduation requirements form. Additional guest passes will not be confirmed until all applications have been finalised.

Guest seating

There is no allocated or reserved seating for guests at our venues. Guests need to be seated 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Official photographer

An official photographer will be present to photograph you as you are congratulated on stage.

Studio style photograph set-ups will also be available for you and your family before and/or after the ceremony.

Live stream video

We will be live streaming a video of each of the graduation ceremonies, so any family and friends who are unable to attend can watch the ceremony live, from anywhere with internet access. A video will also be available to view after the event. For more information, see our live stream webpage.

Special assistance at a graduation ceremony

Please advise us as early as possible if you or your guests have any special requirements relating to disability access – for example, a wheelchair; seating for sight or hearing impairment.

Outstanding fees 

All Open Polytechnic fees will need to be cleared before you are able to graduate.

Enquiries

For all enquiries about graduation, please contact us by emailing academicrecords@openpolytechnic.ac.nz or on freephone 0508 650 200.