Key information

Here you’ll find important information for graduands.

Information for graduands ebook

For information about last years Spring Graduation event, you can view the 2017 Information for graduands ebook.

Deferring your graduation

  • If you don’t want to graduate in Autumn 2018, simply do not complete the application form when it opens on Student Services Online.
  • If this is the first time you’ve deferred your graduation, you’ll be sent a new invitation to apply for the next graduation season.
  • In the meantime, you’ll still receive reminders until the graduation closing date.
  • If you apply to graduate and change your mind, you can defer your application by contacting us before the application closing date.
  • If you do not advise the Graduation Office before the application closing date that you wish to defer, you will graduate in absentia from the ceremony. This means you will not be able to attend a future ceremony for this qualification.

Request for late deferral of graduation

The final date to defer your graduation for Autumn 2018 was 2 April.

After this date it is not possible to defer, and if you are unable to attend the ceremony you will graduate in absentia. No correspondence will be entered into regarding deferral after this date.

The Graduation Office is unable to make changes after this date as convocation data is collated and finalised. Any late requests would disrupt critical, time-sensitive processes such as printing certificates and programmes, ceremony scripts and allocating student and guest seats. There is no right of appeal against a decision from the Graduation Office to decline a late deferral.

If you’d like to request a deferral of graduation, before the closing date, contact our Student Support team.

Scholarships

The following scholarships are recognised at graduation.

The University of Auckland scholarships

  • Doctoral
  • Māori and Polynesian Graduate
  • Masters/Honours
  • Faculty
  • Senior Scholar

Other scholarships

  • Rhodes
  • Woolf Fisher
  • Commonwealth
  • Bright Future Top Achiever Doctoral

The scholarship must be based on the degree in which you are graduating and must have been accepted by you through the University by the application closing date.

Guest tickets and seating

  • If you choose to be an ‘in person graduand’, you can request guest tickets on your graduation application form (note that graduands do not require a ticket).
  • The ceremony venue can accommodate three guests per in person graduand.
  • We will guarantee orders of up to three tickets for your ceremony if you request them before the application closing date.

Special needs

If you need special seating arrangements due to disability, or need a place for a wheelchair, email the Graduation Office as soon as possible but no later than two weeks before graduation.

Email: graduation@auckland.ac.nz and include:

  • Your Student ID number
  • The qualification with which you will be graduating
  • The details of your special requirements

We’ll contact you approximately two weeks before your ceremony to confirm arrangements.

Owing a debt to the University

If you have any outstanding fees or fines, you can still apply to graduate but your certificate may be withheld.

Once the debt is paid, the hold will be removed from your account, and your certificate will be made available.  

Graduation Procession

On graduation day the formalities start with a street procession from the University to the Aotea Centre. There are three processions in Autumn graduation and one in Spring.

Assemble for the street procession at 9am in the University of Auckland Pavilion, on Old Government House grounds.

The procession will exit the Pavilion at 9.30am sharp, and process towards Aotea Square via Queen Street. Graduands in ceremonies starting later in the day may report directly to the Aotea Centre at their appointed time, but are encouraged to participate in the procession on their graduation day.

For more information about procession protocol and a route map please see the 'information for graduands' ebook which is provided via email to all graduating students approx. 4-5 weeks before the event.

In the unlikely event that the procession from the University is cancelled, graduands in the Pavilion will be informed and asked to make their own way to the Aotea Centre. Notice will also be available through the Student Contact Centre, 0800 61 62 63, and on Facebook.

Autumn 2018 Faculty Celebrations

Faculty of Arts

Congratulations to our Arts graduands on your incredible achievement. The Dean of Arts warmly invites you and your guests to celebrate with the Faculty staff at breakfast in the Alumni Marquee.

Date: Wednesday 9 May 2018
Function: Breakfast
Time: 7.30am – 8.50am
Place: Alumni Marquee, Old Government House lawn
RSVP: Please RSVP by 12pm, Monday 30 April - https://arts-graduation-may-2018.eventbrite.com
Contact: Charlene Nunes, artsevents@auckland.ac.nz

Faculty of Business and Economics

The Faculty of Business & Economics invites its 2018 graduands and guests to morning tea in the Pavilion, on Old Government House Lawn. The Dean and staff members of the Faculty will attend to informally congratulate the graduands.
Date: Monday 7 May 2018
Function: Morning tea
Time: 11am-12pm
Place: The Pavilion; Old Government House Lawn, Princes Street Auckland City
RSVP: Friday 27 April 2018
Contact: Tiffany Peters, tiffany.peters@auckland.ac.nz

Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries

Congratulations to our graduands on your achievement. The Dean of Creative Arts and Industries invites you and your guests to celebrate with the Faculty staff at breakfast in the Pavillion.

Date: Friday 11 May 2018
Function: Breakfast
Time: 7.30am
Place: The Pavilion, Old Government House
RSVP: Please RSVP by Friday 4 May bit.ly/CreativeGraduation2018
Contact: Tera Hanson, graduation.creative@auckland.ac.nz  

Faculty of Education & Social Work

The Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work congratulates you on your achievement and extends a warm invitation for you and up to three guests to celebrate with Faculty of Education and Social Work staff by joining them for a morning tea reception prior to the graduation ceremonies.

Date: Wednesday 9 May
Function: Morning Tea
Time: 11am – 12.30pm
Place: Alumni Pavillion, Old Government House Grounds
RSVP: by Monday 30 April www.autumn-graduation2018.eventbrite.co.nz
Contact: Helen Pengelly, h.pengelly@auckland.ac.nz

Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences

The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences congratulates all its 2018 graduands and invites them and their guests to attend an afternoon tea before the graduation ceremony. The Dean and staff members are looking forward to this opportunity to meet and celebrate the success of the graduating students.

Date: Monday 7 May, 2018
Function: Afternoon Tea
Time: 3pm – 4.30pm
Place: The Pavilion
RSVP: Please RSVP by 5pm Monday 16 April, fmhs-events@auckland.ac.nz
Contact: Tanya Carter, tanya.carter@auckland.ac.nz  

Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law congratulates its graduands on their achievement. The Dean of Law and Faculty staff warmly invite you to attend a celebratory light breakfast before the graduation ceremony.

Date: Friday 11 May
Function: Light breakfast
Time: 8am – 8.45am       
Place: Fale Pasifika, Wynyard Street
RSVP: Please RSVP to www.forms.auckland.ac.nz/en/public/law/law-graduation.html by Friday 27 April.
Contact: Sarah-Jane Crewther, sj.crewther@auckland.ac.nz  

Faculty of Science

All Science graduands and their guests are invited to join the Dean and Faculty staff at a Celebration Morning Tea. We look forward to sharing this special occasion with you.

Date: Friday 11 May
Function: Celebration Morning Tea
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm
Place: University Pavilion, Old Government House Lawn
RSVP: Not required
Contact: Judith Poland, j.poland@auckland.ac.nz  

Department of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering invites its 2018 graduands and guests to breakfast at the Pavilion. The Dean and staff members of the Faculty will attend to informally congratulate the graduands.

Date: Monday 7 May 2018
Function: Breakfast
Time: 7.30am – 8.45am
Place: The Pavilion
RSVP: Registration form
Contact: Zoe Jamieson, foe-events@auckland.ac.nz

School of Environment

The School of Environment invites all their graduands and guests to a celebratory function.

Date: Friday 11 May 2018
Function: Morning Tea
Time: 10am
Place: Building 302, Room 680 (Level 6 breakout space)
RSVP: Thursday 3 May 2018
Contact: Anna-Marie Simcock, am.simcock@auckland.ac.nz    

Department of Statistics

The Department of Statistics invites its 2018 graduands and guests to a breakfast at the 38 Princes Street, Building 303, Level 3 Common Area. The Dean and staff members of the Faculty will attend to informally congratulate the graduands.  

Date: 11 May 2018
Function: Breakfast
Time: 8am
Place: Building 303, Level 3 Common Room
RSVP by date: 18 April 2018
Contact: Liza Marie O'Donnell, l.odonnell@auckland.ac.nz

School of Chemical Sciences

The School of Chemical Sciences warmly invites all its graduands and guests to a celebratory morning tea before the graduation ceremonies.

Date: Friday 11 May
Function: Morning Tea
Time: 10-11am
Place: Plaza (305-G00L1) ground floor outdoor area between Science buildings
RSVP: No RSVP required
Contact: Sue Western, s.western@auckland.ac.nz

Department of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science warmly invites all its graduands and guests to a celebratory morning tea before the graduation ceremonies.

Date: Friday 11 May
Function: Morning tea
Time: 10am -10.45am
Place: Level 4 common area in building 303
RSVP: No RSVP required
Contact: Emma Gavenda, e.gavenda@auckland.ac.nz