Graduation is a time to celebrate!

Waiariki’s graduation events provide an opportunity for your family and friends to join Waiariki in acknowledging your academic success. We encourage all 2014 graduands to participate in the following graduation events taking place in March 2015.

After you successfully complete a certificate, diploma, degree, or higher level qualification from Waiariki, by November of this year, you become a Waiariki graduand and you are eligible to attend a graduation awards ceremony. You must apply to attend.

The deadline to apply to attend graduation is Friday, 21 November 2014.

Applications for graduation 2015 are now open.

Waiariki requires graduands to follow the application procedure and meet the deadline in order to:

  • process your request to graduate;
  • order your graduation regalia; and
  • have your parchment printed and ready for the ceremony.

Please note: If you are expecting to successfully complete your studies at the end of Semester 2 (14 November 2014), you must still apply to graduate by the deadline of Friday, 21 November 2014, even though you may not have received a letter from Waiariki or know your results. You will be notified by Waiariki in January 2015 if your graduation is confirmed or declined.

It is vital that we have your current contact details. If you have moved or changed your phone number(s), please complete the Change of Personal Details Form online.

Graduation events

All graduands are required to hire and come dressed in formal academic regalia for all graduation events:

Pohiri and poroporoaki (farewell)

Graduation Pohiri

Waiariki’s graduation celebrations include a pohiri and poroporoaki (farewell) for all Waiariki graduands. This takes place at Tangatarua Marae on Rotorua’s Mokoia Campus.

Graduands gather at the waharoa (front entrance) of the marae no later 2.15pm.

Family and friends are invited to attend. Tickets are not required but seating is limited. Photos may be taken outside the wharenui (meeting house). Afternoon tea will be served after the pohiri.

Be sure to allow enough time to find a car park on campus and walk to the front entrance of the marae, particularly if you are coming from the morning’s first graduation awards ceremony in town.

Note: As the pohiri takes place outdoors, prepare for the weather conditions.

Graduation procession

Graduation procession

The procession of all graduands and graduates starts at Rotorua’s City Focus at the intersection of Hinemoa and Tutanekai streets, and follows Tutanekai Street, then right into Arawa Street and to Rotorua Convention Centre.

Graduands and graduates gather under the sails no later than 10.45am and walk with their procession group according to the colour of their wristband provided with their regalia. The procession leaves promptly at 11.05am.

Family and friends are encouraged to join those in town standing along Tutanekai or Arawa streets cheering on the procession. This is a great photo opportunity.

Note: If the procession is cancelled due to bad weather, a notice will be posted in the news section of our website and Facebook page. Staff at City Focus will also redirect graduands, or you may call Waiariki on 0800 924 274 for further instructions.

Graduation ceremonies

Graduation Ceremonies

Awards ceremonies will be held in Rotorua, Taupo, Tokoroa, and Whakatane, providing an opportunity for all Waiariki graduands to celebrate their success in their city of choice.

In Rotorua, once the procession through town reaches the Convention Centre, the graduands who have applied to graduate in Rotorua will do the following:

  • Graduands of the Faculty of Business, Information Technology and Creative Arts will be directed to the awards ceremony check-in room within the venue;
  • Graduands of the Faculty of Applied Technology and Primary Industries can leave the venue and return by 2.30pm to check in for their awards ceremony;
  • Graduands of Te Pākaro a Ihenga: Faculty of Health, Education and Humanities can leave the venue and return by 2.30pm to check in for their awards ceremony; and
  • Graduates of nursing can return their graduation regalia within the venue.

Tickets, seating and parking for the ceremonies

All awards ceremonies are ticketed events due to limited seating at each venue. Tickets are required of ALL guests who wish to attend. Children three years of age and over require a seat and must have a ticket.

Once a graduand’s graduation application is received, he/she will be mailed a Graduation Confirmation Letter, Graduation Handbook, and up to two free tickets and two purchased tickets for their guests (these tickets must be requested on your Graduation Application).

Graduands do NOT need a ticket for themselves. (If your Graduation Confirmation Letter and/or tickets do not arrive in the mail by the end of January 2015, contact the graduation coordinator immediately; do not wait for the day of the event as it may be too late to graduate and/or secure tickets for guests.)

Seats are NOT reserved, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis to guests with tickets. The venues tend to fill up, so early seat selection is recommended.

Prams are not allowed inside the auditorium.

An area along the back wall of the Convention Centre auditorium is reserved for guests in wheelchairs. Please contact the graduation coordinator if you or any of your guests require wheelchair access or assistance.

Parking at the ceremony venues is limited so we suggest you allow plenty of time to secure a park and get to the venue and be seated or checked in before start times.

Whānau and friends attending

Each awards ceremony is a formal event and expected to run for about 1.5 hours. Waiata, haka and other cultural celebrations are welcomed, however, please silence all mobile phones, and ask young children to remain quiet and seated during the ceremony.

Tea and light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

Awards ceremonies dates, times and locations

These events are held in early March 2015. The specific dates, times and locations for each activity are listed on the ceremony dates page:

Applications for graduation 2015 are now open

Graduation Team Contact Details

Page last updated: 05 Aug 2014