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Graduation Ceremony Guide

Graduates throwing trencher

Saturday 16 May 2015 at 4.00pm - Degrees and diplomas in Commerce, and Law

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 April

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 April
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 13 May
Guest tickets are available for collection
Thursday 14 May

Guest tickets are available for collection

Regalia is available for collection

Friday 15 May

Guest tickets are available for collection

Regalia is available for collection

Saturday 16 May
(the day of the ceremony)

Guest tickets are available for collection

Regalia is available for collection

Regalia  may be returned after the ceremony

Sunday 17 May
Regalia may be returned
Monday 18 May
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 13 May
8.30am - 5.00pm
Thursday 14 May
8.30am - 7.00pm
Friday 15 May
8.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday 16 May
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

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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 14 May
5.30pm - 7.00pm
Friday 15 May
10.00am - 2.00pm
Saturday 16 May
8.30am - 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 16 May

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

5.00pm - 6.00pm

Sunday 17 May
Basement of the Geology Building

8.30am - 10.30am, or

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Monday 18 May
Basement of the Geology Building 10.00am - 2.00pm

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Regalia Conveners

Barbara Holborow Tel 03 477 4573
Anne Cuthbertson Tel 03 476 3077
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 16 May

Time: 9.30am - 11.00am

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:

  • Anthropology & Archaeology
  • College of Education
  • English & Linguistics
  • Faculty of Law
  • Geography
  • H.E.D.C
  • History & Art History
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Media, Film, & Communication
  • Music & Theatre
  • Peace & Conflict Studies
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology, Gender & Social Work
  • Te Tumu
  • Theology & Religion
  • Tourism
  • Aquinas College
  • University College

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 16 May

Time: 10.40am - 11.10am

Place: The Hunter Centre, corner of Frederick & Great King Streets (opposite the School of Dentistry)

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 11.30am.

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 11.30am 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 9.00am and 11.00am to check for a possible cancellation.

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Ceremony Day - Programme of Main Events

Saturday 16 May


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 11.15am


Marshalling of Graduands

Dunedin Centre, Harrop Street.  Please ensure you arrive by 2.50pm.

Marshalling begins promptly at 3.00pm.

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 3.50pm


Graduation Ceremony begins

The Chancellor, Council and staff of the University enter the Town Hall promptly at 4.00pm.  (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 Faculty of Law will hold a function for all Law graduates on Saturday 16 May from 5.30pm until 7.00pm, at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum.

For further information and to RSVP, please contact

Pacific Islands Centre

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

Date: Saturday 16 May

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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