Waiariki holds graduation ceremonies at the beginning of every year. Students are entitled to attend a ceremony when they successfully complete a degree, diploma or certificate at Waiariki.

Graduation is a celebration of student achievement and is a chance for family, friends and Waiariki to acknowledge this success.

Applications for graduation 2015 are now open.

Graduation handbook

Download the Graduation Handbook for more information (1.6 MB updated 03-Dec-2013)

Pohiri and farewell

Graduation Pohiri

Celebrations begin with a pohiri and farewell for our graduands. Family and friends are welcome to attend. Tickets are not required but seating is limited.

All graduands are invited to attend the pohiri and required to be dressed in academic regalia. For more information on academic regalia view the following link:

Gather at the front entrance of the marae at 2.15pm for the pohiri which starts at 2.30pm. Please allow enough time to find a car park and walk to the front entrance of the marae. Afternoon tea will be served after the pohiri.

Note: As the pohiri takes place outdoors, prepare for the weather conditions. Parking is available. Photos may be taken outside the wharenui.

Graduation procession

Graduation procession

The procession of graduands will begin at City Focus at the intersection of Hinemoa and Tutanekai streets. All graduands must meet under the sails no later than 11.00am.

The procession leaves at 11.05 am and will follow Tutanekai Street, then right into Arawa Street to Rotorua Convention Centre. Umbrellas and water bottles are recommended, dependent on the weather.

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

Graduation ceremonies

Graduation Ceremonies

You must register at your ceremony venue no later than 30 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. This will be your last opportunity to use the bathroom until after the ceremony.

You will be directed to an area where you will line up according to your graduand number. Marshalls will be on hand to assist. It is very important to be in the correct order as you take your seats in the auditorium as this is the order in which you will be called on stage to receive your parchment. Once all graduands are seated, the doors will be closed and late arrivals, including registered graduands, will not be admitted.

The awards ceremonies are ticketed events. 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.

If any guests have a disability or require wheelchair access, please contact the graduation coordinator.

Please inform your whānau and friends attending:

The ceremony is a formal event and expected to run for about 1½ hours. Please switch off or silence all mobile phones. Out of respect for graduands, your guests MUST remain in the auditorium for the duration of the ceremony. Prams and pushchairs are not permitted in the auditorium.

Parking at ceremony venues may be limited; guests are advised to allow plenty of time to secure a park, get to the venue and be seated before start times.

Tea and light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.


Cameras are encouraged and photos may be taken from where your guests are seated.

Global-Pix is the official photographer of the Graduation Awards Ceremony. Photos will be available after graduation on the Global-Pix website. Studio sittings will also be available to graduates to have photographs taken of themselves and family members for $50.

Photos taken by Waiariki staff will be uploaded to our Facebook page. Find yourself and tag, like, or comment on the photo.

Parchment framing

Parchment framing services will be provided by Global-Pix. For $45 your parchment can be framed in a high quality wood frame immediately after the ceremony while you wait. See the portrait studio area at your venue.

Graduation Team Contact Details

Page last updated: 22 Jul 2014