Waiariki Institute of Technology Graduation
Graduation Day - Friday, 15 February 2013
8.45 am |
Pohiri and Farewell
The day's 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 expected to attend the pohiri and required to be dressed in academic regalia. Gather at the front entrance of the marae at 8.45am for the pohiri which starts at 9am. Please allow enough time to find a car park and walk to the front entrance of the marae. Morning 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.
11.45 am | 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 11.45am.
Please make arrangements for lunch before the procession.
The procession leaves at 12pm sharp and will follow Tutanekai Street, then right into Arawa Street to the Energy Events 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 on the Waiariki website and an announcement will be made at the farewell ceremony in the morning. Staff at City Focus will also redirect graduands, or you may call Waiariki on 0800 924 274.
1.00 pm | Awards Ceremony
All graduands must be at the Energy Events Centre no later than 12.30pm. This will be your last opportunity to use the bathroom until after the ceremony.
You will be directed to the Bay Trust Forum 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 seat 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.
Please inform your whānau and friends attending:
The ceremony is a formal event and expected to run for about 3½ 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.
Tea and light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.
Note: Parking at the Energy Events Centre is available but limited; guests are advised to allow plenty of time to secure a park, get to the venue and be seated before 12.45pm.
All Graduating Students (Graduands)
All graduands must complete an Application to Receive Your Parchment Form, even if you do not plan to attend Waiariki’s Graduation Awards Ceremony (graduate in absentia).
Applications to attend graduation on 15 February 2013 are now closed. You can still receive your parchment in absentia (by mail or collect) or attend graduation in 2014.
If you have applied to attend graduation in 2013 you will receive further information by mail to the address supplied on your application form, please advise us if your details change.
Not Attending Graduation (Graduating in Absentia)
If you are not attending the graduation ceremony and would like to collect your parchment in absentia from campus or receive it by post, apply online or complete the Application to Receive Your Parchment in Absentia Form on the parchment application page.
Tickets to the Awards Ceremony
- Graduands do not require a ticket to attend the Awards Ceremony.
- Auditorium seating at the Energy Events Centre for family and friends is limited and expected to fill. Tickets are required for ALL guests who wish to attend the ceremony.
- Two complimentary tickets will be set aside for each graduand. Additional tickets may be purchased at a cost of $10 each on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.
- You must indicate on your Graduation Application Form how many tickets (total) you will require. Tickets will be posted to you in January with further information about the ceremony.
- Children are welcome at the graduation ceremony, but we do remind you that the ceremony can be quite long. Children three years of age and over require a seat, and must have a ticket. Prams and pushchairs are not permitted in the auditorium.
If any guests have a disability or require wheelchair access, please contact Nicki Dent, Graduation Coordinator 07 346 8806
Note: Tickets are not required for the pohiri and farewell ceremony at Tangaturua Marae.
Graduation Extras provided at the Energy Events Centre
For a memento of your experience at Waiariki, choose from our range of our gifts listed below. Memorabilia will be available for purchase at the awards ceremony.
Graduation commemoration teddy bears wearing regalia will be available for purchase the day of the Awards Ceremony. If you'd like a memento of your special day, the bears are available for $25 each from Waiariki staff at the Energy Events Centre.
Daisy Chain florist will be at the Awards Ceremony offering an array of bright and beautiful flowers and selection of congratulatory cards. Bouquets vary from $10-60. For more information, contact Katie or Nellie at Daisy Chain, 252 Fenton St, Rotorua, or phone
07 347 4371.
Global-Pix is the official photographer of the Awards Ceremony. Photos will be available after graduation on their website: www.global-pix.com. Studio sittings will also be available to graduates to have photographs taken of themselves and family members for $50.
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 in the Energy Events Centre. For more information about Global-Pix visit: www.global-pix.com.
Waiariki Academic Regalia
Academic regalia is required of all graduands attending the Pohiri and Farewell and the Awards Ceremony.
You must collect your regalia from:
O Block, Rooms O2/O3,
Mokoia Campus, Rotorua
Wednesday, 13 February from 3 – 6pm or
Thursday, 14 February from 10am – 4pm
Please bring your Student ID card and your Confirmation of Regalia Order with you.
In exceptional circumstances and by appointment only, regalia can be collected on Friday, 15 February, 7 – 8am. You must contact the Graduation Coordinator on 07 346 8806 by Tuesday, 12 February to make arrangements.
You must return your regalia to:
The Energy Events Centre (in the Bay Trust Forum) on Friday, 15 February, immediately following the Awards Ceremony. If your regalia is not returned by 6pm your $50 bond will be forfeited.
You will receive your graduand number when you pick up your regalia. This number is very important as it determines the order in which you will cross the stage to have your degree conferred or diploma/certificate awarded. Please do not remove your graduand number.
Download the graduation handbook for more information (all graduands will receive a copy of this book with their confirmation of graduation pack (book currently in development, link will appear when published).
Waiariki graduands wear traditional academic regalia such as gowns, stoles, hoods and trenchers. As the graduation ceremonies are formal occasions, we ask that you wear appropriate clothing under the gown.
You are encouraged to wear your family korowai and/or other culturally appropriate adornment. This may also include flower posies, corsages or buttonholes.
Cameras are encouraged and photos may be taken from where your guests are seated. The ceremony is also professionally photographed.
Professional photos will be uploaded to www.global-pix.com and are usually available 1 week after the graduation ceremony
Photos from Waiariki staff will be uploaded to our Facebook page. Find yourself and tag/like or comment on the photo.