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Other Graduation activities

Graduation procession down George Street

Graduation brunch

A brunch will be hosted by the University of Otago, which is open to all graduates and their families. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with your family, friends, and the University.

  • When the procession begins at 11:30am, the brunch will be held from 9:30am-11:00am (May and December)
  • When the procession begins at 1:30pm, the brunch will be held from 11:30am-1:00pm (August)

As it is not always possible to hold the Brunch in the same venue, you will be advised where the Brunch will be held approximately 6 weeks prior to your graduation ceremony.

Thanksgiving Service

A Thanksgiving Service is held on each graduation ceremony date, all graduands and their families are invited to attend.

Further information will be made available to you approximately 6 weeks prior to your graduation ceremony.

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The Graduation procession

Graduation parade with pipersThe OUSA organises an informal procession along George Street prior to the ceremony. This is voluntary, but it is a great opportunity to walk along the middle of the main street of Dunedin and be acknowledged by your friends and family.

Please assemble outside the School of Dentistry 15 minutes prior to the departure of the procession.

On days where two ceremonies are being held, there will be only one procession:

  • If your ceremony begins at either 1:00pm or 4:00pm, the procession will depart at 11:30am (May and December)
  • If your ceremony beings at 3:00pm, the procession will depart at 1:30pm (August)

View the campus map for the location of the School of Dentistry

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Live streaming

All of our graduation ceremonies are streamed in real (NZ) time, commencing approximately 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

Link to the live stream for the next graduation ceremony


Official photographs

An official photograph will be taken by McRobie Photographics Ltd as you receive your degree or diploma.

Photographs will be available for purchase immediately after the ceremony from the Municipal Chambers (access is via the Glenroy Auditorium entrance located on Harrop Street).  Or on the day following your graduation from McRobie Studios at 89 Bond Street, between 10:00am and 1:00pm.  Thereafter, normal shop hours or view online, or inquire by email or phone - see contact details below.

Photographs will be available to view and order online within 24 hours of the Graduation Ceremony

'On-the-Spot' graduate portraiture

Quick, easy, and affordable portrait sessions will be available on graduation day, between 9:00am and 6:00pm in the Glenroy Auditorium (entrance is located on Harrop Street).

Bookings are not required, sessions are 5-10 minutes in duration.  Prices start from $90 per session including photos.

visit the 'On-the-Spot' graduate portraiture site for further information

McRobie Studios
PO Box 11019
Dunedin 9049
Tel 64 3 477 5801

Copyright is held by McRobie Photographics Ltd.  A full statement regarding copyright is available at:

Other photographs

If you require any additional photographs (other than those mentioned above), you will need to arrange this yourself before arriving in Dunedin.

Please refer to the Yellow Pages for the contact details of photographers

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Watch past graduation ceremonies

Go to the Graduation Ceremonies playlist to view recordings of past graduations

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