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Graduation Ceremony Guide

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Saturday 15 August 2015 at 3.00 pm - Degrees and diplomas in all disciplines

The following information is intended for those who have applied and been accepted to graduate in person at the above-mentioned ceremony.

You will find information about the deadlines you need to meet, guest tickets, regalia, the graduation ceremony, and associated events.

We look forward to seeing you at the graduation ceremony, and wish you a happy and successful future.

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Important Dates

Friday 10 July

Is the deadline for the following:

  • withdrawing from the ceremony
  • making changes to your request for guest tickets
  • submitting change of name documentation
  • ordering your regalia and paying the associated hire fee
Wednesday 22 July
If you requested more than the two guaranteed guest tickets, an email will
be sent to you advising you of the outcome of this request
Wednesday 12 August
Guest tickets are available for collection
Thursday 13 August

Guest tickets are available for collection

Regalia is available for collection

Friday 14 August

Guest tickets are available for collection

Regalia is available for collection

Saturday 15 August
(day of the ceremony)

Guest tickets are available for collection

Regalia is available for collection

Regalia  may be returned after the ceremony

Sunday 16 August Regalia may be returned
Monday 17 August Any outstanding regalia must be returned

Contact the Graduation Office

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Collecting Guest Tickets

Guest tickets are available for collection from the Clocktower Reception, main entrance, Clocktower Building (Water of Leith side), on the following dates and times:

Wednesday 12 August
8.30am - 5.00pm
Thursday 13 August
8.30am - 7.00pm
Friday 14 August
8.30am - 7.00pm
Saturday 15 August
9.00am - 12 noon

You need to collect your guest tickets yourself and provide photographic identification. If it is necessary to have someone else collect your tickets on your behalf, please email the Graduation Office and provide the name of the person who will be collecting your tickets.

Please note that anyone collecting tickets must provide photographic identification.

View the campus map for the location of the Clocktower Building

Email the Graduation Office

View the campus map for the location of the St David Lecture Theatre complex

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View the Historic First Floor Northern Wing of the Clocktower Building

Visitors to the University are invited to view the historic first floor northern wing of the Clocktower Building, built in 1879. This area will be open from 9.00am – 12.00 noon on Saturday 15 August, photographs can be taken.

Unfortunately it will not be possible to offer disabled/limited mobility access to the first floor.

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Collecting Regalia

It is important that you collect the regalia yourself, as you will need to try it on to ensure you have the correct size. Please bring photo ID with you to collect your regalia.

Regalia is available for collection from the Academic Dress rooms, located in the Basement of the Geology Building (North End), on the following dates and times:

Thursday 13 August
5.30pm - 7.00pm
Friday 14 August
10.00am - 2.00pm  OR  4.00pm - 7.00pm
Saturday 15 August
9.00am - 12 noon

View the campus map for the location of the Geology Building

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Returning Regalia

Please ensure that you return your regalia on time, as it will be required by another graduand for subsequent ceremonies.

A further charge may apply for regalia returned late.

Regalia must be returned in the same condition as it was issued. The full cost of replacement, which exceeds $600, will be charged for any lost or damaged regalia.

Regalia must be returned at one of the following times and venues:

Saturday 15 August

Municipal Chambers
(beside the Glenroy Auditorium, part of the Town Hall complex)

4.00pm - 5.00pm

Sunday 16 August
Basement of the Geology Building

9.00am - 10.30am, or

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Monday 17 August
Basement of the Geology Building 10.00am - 2.00pm

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Regalia Conveners

Rhonda Schlaadt Tel 03 477 9687
Jane Malthus Tel 03 489 1674
Academic Dress rooms

Tel 03 479 8765
(has answer phone)

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The Graduation Brunch

The University of Otago will be hosting a brunch - open to all graduands and their families - prior to the procession. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with your family, friends, and the University.

Date: Saturday 15 August

Time: 11.30am - 1.00pm

Place: The Link, within the Information Services Building, corner of Cumberland and Albany Streets

Staff from the following areas will be present at the Brunch (note that this list will be updated weekly):

  • Aquinas College
  • Anatomy
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Centre For Postgraduate Nursing Studies
  • Chaplaincy
  • Clothing and Textile Sciences
  • College of Education
  • Design for Technology
  • Ecology
  • Food Science
  • Geography
  • Higher Education Development Centre
  • History/Art History
  • Languages and Cultures
  • Law
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Marine Science
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Music and Theatre
  • Neuroscience
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Sociology, Gender, and Social Work
  • Theology
  • Tourism
  • Zoology

View the campus map for the location of the Information Services Building

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Thanksgiving Service

The University Chaplaincy team are pleased to invite you, your family and friends to a short informal service of thanksgiving on the day of graduation, followed by refreshments.

Date: Saturday 15 August

Time: 12.40pm - 1.10pm

Place: The Hunter Centre, corner of Frederick and Great King Streets

Please wear academic regalia. The service will finish in plenty of time for you to join the parade which will depart from outside the Hunter Centre at 1.30pm.

Visit the Chaplains online

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The Graduation Procession

Please assemble outside the School of Dentistry on Great King Street, dressed in your regalia, on the day of the Ceremony. The procession will leave the School of Dentistry promptly at 1.30pm accompanied by bagpipers and drummers.

For further details about the procession, contact Dan Hendra on 03 479 5334 during the week. 

If the weather is wet on the day of the ceremony, contact Dan Hendra on 021 117 6695 between 11.00am and 1.00pm, to check for a possible cancellation.

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Ceremony Day - Programme of Main Events

Saturday 15 August


Graduation Brunch

The Link, Information Services Building, corner Cumberland and Albany Streets


Thanksgiving Service

The Hunter Centre, corner Frederick and Great King Streets


Graduation Procession

Assemble at the School of Dentistry by 1.30pm


Marshalling of Graduands

Dunedin Centre, Harrop Street.  Marshalling begins promptly at 2.00pm.

Please either come directly from the procession or else ensure you arrive by 1.50pm.

You must be wearing the correct regalia and have your graduation order number sticker affixed to the left side of your gown. If you arrive late, or are improperly dressed, there is no guarantee you will be able to take part in the ceremony.

Once all graduands are in graduation order you will proceed to reserved seating in the main body of the Dunedin Town Hall.

What to bring to the marshalling area

What is a Graduation order number sticker?


Doors to the Dunedin Town Hall (Moray Place) open for guests

Guests should be seated by 2.50pm


Graduation Ceremony begins

The Chancellor, Council and staff of the University enter the Town Hall promptly at 3.00pm.  (The audience is requested to rise as the procession enters).

The ceremony will begin with welcomes by the Chancellor and the Māori orator, followed by the National Anthem sung in Māori and English.

Conferring of Degrees and Awarding of Diplomas

The Vice-Chancellor or the relevant Pro-Vice Chancellor or Dean will announce graduands for each degree or diploma (eg "for graduation in the degree of Bachelor of Arts").

How degrees are conferred and diplomas are awarded

Remainder of the Ceremony

The ceremony continues with the graduation address and concludes with the singing of Gaudeamus.

Staff will then leave the Town Hall in procession, after which you and your guests are free to depart.


Ceremony concludes (time is approximate)

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Departmental Functions

Graduands, their partners and parents are cordially invited to attend the appropriate Faculty, School, Divisional, or Departmental function. Only graduands in the subject area concerned and their guests are eligible to attend.


The Department of Chemistry will hold a morning tea on Saturday 15 August.
For further information, please email


The Department of Geology will hold a morning tea in the Common Room on Saturday 15 August at 10.15am.
For further information, please email


The Department of Music will hold a drinks and nibbles function on Friday 14 August.
For further information, please email

Pacific Islands Centre

The Pacific Islands Centre hosts the University of Otago Pacific Graduation Breakfast, for Pacific graduands and their families.  Come and celebrate with your family and the community.

Date: Saturday 15 August

Time: 8.00am

Place: University Staff Club

Please wear your academic regalia.

For further information or to RSVP, please contact Tofilau Nina phone 03 479 8278, or email

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