Graduation

Graduation is a time to celebrate!

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All students who wish to accept their parchment at Waiariki’s 2015 graduation awards ceremonies must apply to graduate.

Apply to attend graduation online today!

Applications close Friday, 21 November 2014. Late applications will not be accepted.

Join Waiariki in celebrating your achievement

Waiariki’s graduation events provide an opportunity for your family and friends to join Waiariki in acknowledging your academic success.

When you successfully complete a certificate, diploma, degree, or higher level qualification from Waiariki, you become a Waiariki graduand and eligible to attend a graduation awards ceremony. You must apply to attend.

How do you know if you’re eligible to graduate?

If you have successfully completed a qualification/s any time in 2014, you may be eligible to attend Waiariki’s 2015 graduation events and receive your parchment at a formal awards ceremony.

If you are expecting to successfully complete your qualification/s at the end of Semester 2, 2014 (14 November) and you are waiting for your study results, you are still responsible for applying to graduate before the closing date as late applications will not be accepted. Waiariki will notify you in the event you are not eligible to graduate. 

Note: All Waiariki fees and fines must be paid in full before you are able to graduate.

What do you wear to the graduation ceremony?

All graduands are required to wear the formal academic regalia for all graduation events, including the pohiri, procession and awards ceremony. When you complete your graduation application, you'll be asked to include your height and head circumference (in centimetres), so have a measuring tape handy.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO INCLUDE THE CORRECT MEASUREMENTS as we do not hire extra regalia and we need yours to fit you properly. Do not leave this information blank, do not guess your measurements. 

See the academic regalia page for more information on what to wear with your regalia, and where and when to pick up and return your regalia.

Why must you apply to graduate?

Waiariki requires all graduands to follow an application procedure and meet the deadlines in order to:

  • confirm your academic study results and ensure you have no debts owed;
  • process your request to graduate;
  • order your graduation regalia;
  • send your Graduation Handbook and requested tickets; and
  • have your parchment/s printed and ready for the ceremony.

It is vital that Waiariki has your correct contact details. If you have moved or changed your phone number/s, please complete the Change of Personal Details form.

Not attending a graduation ceremony?

Graduands who will not attend a graduation awards ceremony can graduate in absentia (while absent). You are not required to complete an application or any forms to graduate in absentia.

See graduating in absentia for more information. 

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.

Graduands must wear the formal academic regalia. Due to the importance of the occasion participants should be suitably dressed and a tidy standard of dress is expected along with applicable academic regalia. As you will be walking and standing outdoors on paved surfaces and lawn which are sometimes uneven, comfortable and secure footwear is recommended.

We encourage you to wear your family korowai and/or other culturally appropriate adornment. This may include flower posies, corsages or buttonholes. Māori cloak/korowai and Pacific cloaks are to be worn over the gown and under the hood. International students may prefer to wear their national dress with the academic regalia.

See academic regalia for more information on what to wear with your regalia, and where and when to pick up and return your regalia.

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.

Graduands must wear the formal academic regalia. Due to the importance of the occasion participants should be suitably dressed and a tidy standard of dress is expected along with applicable academic regalia. As you will be walking outdoors on paved surfaces that are sometimes uneven, comfortable and secure footwear is recommended.

We encourage you to wear your family korowai and/or other culturally appropriate adornment. This may include flower posies, corsages or buttonholes. Māori cloak/korowai and Pacific cloaks are to be worn over the gown and under the hood. International students may prefer to wear their national dress with the academic regalia

See academic regalia for more information on what to wear with your regalia, and where and when to pick up and return your regalia.

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 for the 12pm awards ceremony;
  • Graduands of the Faculty of Applied Technology and Primary Industries can leave the venue and return by 2.30pm to check in for the 3pm 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 the 3pm awards ceremony; and
  • Graduates of nursing, whose ceremony took place at 9am, can now 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. Graduands do not need a ticket for themselves.

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 have been requested on the Graduation Application). This package will arrive during January 2015.

Important: 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 and push chairs are not allowed inside the auditorium.

An area along the back wall of the Rotorua Convention Centre auditorium is reserved for guests in wheelchairs. Please contact the graduation coordinator as soon as possible 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 to 2 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

Waiariki's graduation events will take place on 10, 11 and 12 March 2015. The specific dates, times and locations for each activity are listed on the graduation ceremony dates information page.

Graduation Team Contact Details

Page last updated: 21 Nov 2014