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Registering your willingness to attend a ceremony

Staff on stage during graduationBy registering your willingness to attend a ceremony, you will be seated on the stage at the Dunedin Town Hall during the ceremony.  You can also take part in the procession along the main street of Dunedin prior to the ceremony.

Academic regalia is required to be worn during the procession and at the ceremony.

Approximately three months prior to each round of ceremonies you will be able to register to attend via your eVision staff portal.

Please register your attendance at least two weeks prior to the ceremony to ensure that your name will appear on the staff procession list.

Graduation ceremony dates

How to access your eVision staff portal

If you do not have access to the Graduation section of your eVision staff portal, or need instructions on how to register your willingness to attend a ceremony:

download instructions on how to access your eVision staff portal (PDF)

Academic dress

Hiring academic dress

Staff wanting to hire academic dress from Graduate Women (Otago) to wear at a graduation ceremony, need to submit an order via their eVision staff portal. The Graduation Office will then be charged for the hire.

Please note that Graduate Women (Otago) cannot provide academic dress for universities other than Otago, and that hoods for some Otago disciplines may not be available for staff to hire.

If you have any queries please contact the Graduation Office

Collecting academic dress

To collect, go to the Academic Dress rooms located in the Basement of the Clocktower Building.

Academic dress for the graduation ceremonies can be collected on any of the following days immediately prior to each ceremony, at the times indicated below:

Collection dateCollection time
Thursday5:30pm – 7:00pm
Friday11:00am – 2:00pm OR

5:30pm – 7:00pm


(day of the ceremony)

8:30am – 12 noon

Returning academic dress

Academic dress for the graduation ceremonies must be returned on any of the days immediately following the graduation ceremony, at the times indicated below, note that the venue differs:

(day of the ceremony)
Town Hall (Access is via the Glenroy Auditorium entrance located on Harrop Street)2:00pm – 6:00pm
SaturdayBasement of the Clocktower Building2:30pm – 4:30pm
SundayBasement of the Clocktower Building9:00am – 5:30pm

Purchasing academic dress

For information about purchasing academic dress:

visit the Academic Dress (Regalia) information page

Staff tickets

Staff who would like a guest ticket for a seat in the main body of the Dunedin Town Hall need to submit a request via their eVision staff portal.  You will find instructions for accessing eVision above.

A limited number of tickets are available for staff.  Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thanksgiving Service

The University Chaplaincy Team invites you to attend a brief ecumencial thanksgiving service for graduands, families, friends, and staff. Nau mai, haere mai! Everyone is welcome.

This will be held at First Church 415 Moray Place on the day of the ceremony, from 10:40am until 11:10am.

Please wear academic regalia if possible. The service will finish in plenty of time should you wish to join the procession of graduands to the Town Hall.

Graduation brunch

A brunch will be hosted by the University providing an opportunity for graduands to celebrate with family, friends, and staff. The brunch will be held at Te Wao Nui, School of Business (corner of Clyde Street and Union Street East) from 9.00am to 10.30am on the day of the ceremony.

Student and academic procession

Those taking part in the academic procession in the Dunedin Town Hall are invited to join the procession of graduands which leaves from First Church and travels along Moray place via the Octagon to the Dunedin Town Hall.

On the days where two ceremonies are held, there will be only one procession, departing at 11:30am.

Please assemble 15 minutes prior to the departure time.

Procession of academic staff into the Dunedin Town Hall

Marshalling of the academic procession will begin promptly 25 minutes before the ceremony commences, and will take place in the Dunedin Centre.

The entrance to the Dunedin Centre is located on Harrop Street. Staff will be on hand to direct you.

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