When you have completed, or have fulfilled the requirements of your qualification, you are eligible to graduate. You can either receive your award at a graduation ceremony, or we will send your certificate and academic transcript in the post. The degree and diploma graduation application forms will ask you to confirm whether you wish to attend a graduation ceremony.
The qualification awarded to you determines what happens now.
National Certificates and Diplomas
National Certificates and Diplomas are awarded by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and we request these on your behalf. Some qualifications are awarded by external organisations such as the New Zealand Institute of Management and the New Zealand Law Society. Information about how to apply for these awards will be in your course information.
If you are receiving a National Certificate or an Open Polytechnic Certificate, we will post your certificate to you, along with an academic transcript showing the qualification awarded.
National Diploma, Open Polytechnic Diploma or Degree
If you are graduating with a National Diploma, Open Polytechnic Diploma or Degree, you may receive your award at a graduation ceremony, held in May of each year. You can apply to graduate as soon as you have completed the final course for your qualification. If you are attending a ceremony, we will send you a copy of your academic transcript showing the qualification awarded, and we will hold your certificate until the ceremony date.
I'd like to attend a graduation ceremony
If you are graduating with a National Diploma, Open Polytechnic Diploma or Degree, you may receive your award at a graduation ceremony. Our graduation ceremonies are held in May each year.
If you would like to attend a graduation ceremony your application must be received by Academic Registry no later than 28th February. Graduands will be sent further graduation ceremony details after this date.
If you do not know if you are eligible to graduate or have not received your final marks, you can still apply to graduate if you want to attend a graduation ceremony. Once you have applied, we will check your eligibility and if you have not passed or met the criteria we will contact you.
Please post my award to me
If you are not able (or not eligible) to attend a ceremony, we will post your certificate to you, along with an academic transcript detailing your award. Your award will be listed in the in absentia section of the graduation booklet.
This link will take you to our Service Application Forms. Find the section called Graduation and completion of study. You'll need to select the right application form for you - there are forms for diploma, degree and certificate awards. Simply follow the link to the form, fill it out and submit it.
If you're unsure about the process for applying to graduate, check out our flow chart PDF.
National Diploma / Certificates
To have your Diploma / National Certificate awarded by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), you need to complete the NZQA application form and return it to the Open Polytechnic. The NZQA application requires a payment of $15.30 for the certificate. The cheque should be made payable to Open Polytechnic.
If you have any questions regarding your applications please check out the Graduation Application process document below, alternatively you can email Academic Registry or call us on Freephone 0508 650 200.