Autumn 2020 Graduation postponed

Here you’ll find important information on what to do if you were attending the May Graduation ceremonies.

University of Auckland postpones May Graduation

Following recent advice from the NZ Government on large public gatherings, the University of Auckland has regrettably decided not to proceed with the May Graduation ceremonies. More ceremonies will be added to the Spring Graduations in October instead.

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If you already contacted us to defer your graduation, you do not need to do anything.

If you applied to attend one of the May Graduation ceremonies, you have two options:

Graduate in Absentia

You can apply to graduate in absentia from a meeting of Council in April. This means you will be able to receive your certificate.

If you wish to progress with an application to graduate in absentia, please log into Student Services Online to access your application and change your existing application from in person to in absentia.

The online form will be available by close of business today, 19 March. We will then contact you in the next few weeks with details on how we will get your certificate to you. If you would like to change your application to graduate in absentia you need to do this by 5pm NZ time on 14 April when the online form will close.

Defer your graduation

You can defer your graduation to formally graduate in person at a later date. This means we will send you an invitation to graduate at the next opportunity. At this stage, we have booked extra days in October 2020.

If you would like to defer your graduation, you do not need to do anything. After 14 April we will process your application to be deferred and later this year, you will receive an invitation to attend a future graduation ceremony in person.

In the first instance, this will be for the October graduation ceremonies and applications will become available in Student Services Online in mid-June 2020. You will need to complete a new application to graduate (at that time) if you wish to attend the Spring/October Graduation ceremonies.

Please note: If you initially applied to graduate in absentia from the May ceremonies, you are not affected and will now graduate from a Council meeting in April. You do not need to do anything further.

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