Information for Golden Graduates

Our connection to the University of Auckland is something we carry with us throughout our lives.

Who are our Golden Graduates?

You’re a part of this special group if you graduated from the University of Auckland 50 or more years ago or if you’re a graduate aged 70 or over.

Gwynne Urquhart and Kathleen Rodgers accidentally reunited at a University’s Golden Graduates Lunch and had not seen each other since 1946.
Gwynne Urquhart and Kathleen Rodgers accidentally reunited at a University’s Golden Graduates Lunch and had not seen each other since 1946.

What are the benefits of being a Golden Graduate?

Golden Graduates Lunch

One of the main benefits is that you will be invited each year to our Golden Graduates Lunch. At this annual reunion you can:

  • Enjoy a delicious two-course meal with wine
  • Meet up with fellow graduates
  • Hear University news from the Vice-Chancellor
  • Find out about stimulating research at the University
  • Network and make new friends

Lifelong learning

Public lectures and seminars on campus

The University offers many fascinating lectures every month that are free and open to members of the public.

Browse University events

Library discount for alumni

Alumni are entitled to a 30% discount on associate memberships to the University Library, ensuring continued access to knowledge and resources after graduation.

Find out more about the Library discount

Public Programmes

Public Programmes provides you with opportunities to learn about cutting edge research, stimulate your thinking, engage with important issues and debate your ideas with others. Programmes include overseas study tours, courses and the opportunity to attend lectures at the University alongside current students.

In a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, you’ll explore new areas of personal and professional learning and gain new skills and knowledge. What better way to explore your passions and stretch your mind. We invite you to participate in the diverse learning opportunities offered and look forward to welcoming you to the University of Auckland Public Programmes either as a returning student or a new lifelong learner!

Visit the Public Programmes website

Free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from the University

The University currently offers 3 MOOCs via Future Learn, with courses on critical thinking, data insights and academic integrity

Access the courses

Other alumni benefits

Discounts with Goldie Wines and Auckland University Press are some of the additional alumni benefits you may be interested in.

How does the University keep in touch with its Golden Graduates?


  • Ingenio magazine, mailed to your postal address – or sent to your email address if you prefer
  • The monthly @auckland electronic newsletter, sent to your email address
  • University News, published each month
  • An email on your birthday, with a special birthday offer

Update your details

To make sure you receive these communications, please let us know if your contact details change. You can update your details by filling out the form on our website:

Or you can contact us by email or phone:

Our Alumni Relations and Development staff are here to assist you.

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