WITT Graduation Ceremony


All Certificate, Diploma and Degree students will graduate in one ceremony on Friday 28 February 2020

Venue: TSB Showplace

Time: Ceremony starts at 5:30pm

Changes for 2020: All eligible graduands will be in one ceremony starting at 5:30pm.  

Note you need to register even if you don't intend to come to the ceremony

More details will come closer to the date.  Please keep an eye on your emails.  While we will make every attempt to contact everyone who is eligible to graduate it is important that you check your emails regularly so you don't miss out.  


All graduands are expected to wear traditional academic attire.                                        

Certificate Students Gown $20.00
Diploma Students Gown and stole $60.00
Degree Students Gown, hood and trencher (hat) $70.00
Graduate Diploma Students
Gown and stole - if you do not hold a Degree
Gown, stole and trencher- if you hold a Degree


The hireage of all gowns includes a refundable $20.00 bond. Eg Certificate students will pay $20 and recieve $20 back when they return the gown.

Note: Please email us on graduation@witt.ac.nz if you wish to wear your own traditional attire (Korowai, Saree etc) or have any questions about the gowns.

Instructions will be given closer to the graduation date on collection times and how to wear your gown.


Please deposit the money into our WITT Bank Account:
TSB Bank Account Name – WITT
Bank Account Number - 15-3953-0512826-000
(include as your reference – Graduation, your Student ID Number and your Surname)

If you are unable to pay via online banking please phone our reception team on 0800 948 869 to arrange another payment method.

In cases of genuine hardship some assistance may be available. Please email graduation@witt.ac.nz for more information.

Note: You will not be able to collect your gown unless payment has been made by Friday 21 February 2020.




The Street parade starts at 4:30pm at the back of the TSB Showplace.The parade will travel along King Street, down Egmont street (towards Centre City), Ariki Street, Currie Street and Devon Street before returning to the main entrance of the TSB Showplace.  

We encourage everyone to show your support and cheer on our graduands as they march through town.


There will be one ceremony held at the New Plymouth TSB Showplace:

Graduation - 5:30pm

This ceremony is for students who have obtained a Certificate, Diploma, Degree or Graduate Diploma qualification and will be held on Friday evening, starting at 5:30pm.

TBC Students are to sign in with their department administrator in the Theatre Royal of the TSB showplace
4:30pm Street Parade
5:10pm Students are lined up in preparation for the ceremony
5:30pm - 7:30pm Graduation Ceremony

All students are expected to wear traditional academic attire. Please click here to view the gown details.

Additional tickets will be available to purchase through Ticketek from mid February.


Frequently asked questions

Before the ceremony:

Where can I get tickets for my guests?
All students are eligible for two free guest tickets which will be posted to them three weeks before the ceremony. Because the ceremony is so popular, additional tickets are not made available until mid February to ensure that all students get the opportunity to bring at least two guests. Live streaming is also available for guests who are unable to attend the formal ceremony.   

What happens at the parade?
All students that want to participate in the parade will start inside the TSB Showplace and be directed into lines as per your academic department. The students will follow the academic staff members and leave the Showplace on King Street at 4.30pm. The parade will travel along King Street (towards Centre City), Ariki Street, Currie Street and Devon Street before returning to the main entrance of the TSB Showplace.

Can my guests bring babies and children?
Yes, guests can bring children, however, please be aware that the ceremony will take over two hours and can be a long time for children to sit still.

If you have not paid all outstanding debts (eg: Library fines, fees etc), you will not receive your certificate, instead, you will receive an empty envelope on stage. Once all your fees have been paid you will receive your certificate in the mail. 

At Graduation:

When should I arrive?
All graduands should arrive two hours before the ceremony.
IMPORTANT: All students need to sign in with the department administrator otherwise your name will not be called on stage. 

Where can I park?
There are various parks around the TSB Showplace, be mindful that it can take awhile to find a park and it might be 5-10 minute walk from the venue. Some carparks in town are metered until 5pm, make sure you put money in the machine to avoid getting a ticket. 

What should I wear?
Graduation is a formal event, we expect everyone to dress to a smart and tidy standard.

All students are required to wear an academic gown and a stole or hood in the institutions colours. Gowns will be ordered for you once you register and you will be informed of times when you can collect the gown. NOTE: Gown costs apply.

Where will I be sitting?
After signing in, students will be directed into class lines then will get seated into the showplace. Do not swap seats as this is the order the names will be called on stage.

Where will my guests sit?
Your guests will be seated in either the stalls, circle or gallery. They are based on a 'first in, first served' basis. Please note that entry is by ticket only.

What happens during the ceremony?

  • Students and visitors stand as academic staff enter the auditorium. Everyone remains standing during the karakia and the singing of the national anthem.
  • Shortly before the presentation of your award ushers will guide you from your seats around the back of the auditorium to line up on the side of the stage.
  • When your name is called, cross the stage towards the announcer who will hand you your graduation documents and shake your hand as your photo is taken.
  • Move to the far side of the stage to wait for your fellow classmates to receive their graduation documents
  • When prompted, leave the stage as directed by the usher and return to your seat

DO NOT leave the showplace during the ceremony as this is disruptive and disrespectful to fellow students and guests.

  • At the end of the ceremony, staff on stage file off stage and form a guard of honour for you to walk through as you leave the auditorium. Guests are expected to remain in their seats.
  • Graduates proceed out of the auditorium.
  • Guests leave last. Ushers are on hand to help where needed.

The ceremony should last no longer than two and a half hours. 

You and your guests will receive a graduation booklet outlining the order of ceremony, and listing the names of the graduates.

Again, as this is a formal occasion, and as a show of respect for everyone at the event, students and guests are expected to REMAIN SEATED until the end of the ceremony.

Please ensure all mobile phones are turned off before entering the showplace.

Is there any help for people with disabilities?
If you or any of your guests have a disability and require special assistance please contact the TSB Showplace.

Can I or my guests take photos during the ceremony?
There are no problems with people taking photos of video during the ceremony. 

Can I take something to drink into the showplace?
You can take a water bottle into the showplace with you but no other food or drink is allowed.  

What happens if I show up late for graduation?
Ceremonies start promptly. If you do not sign in on time with your department administrator your name will not be called during the ceremony and you will not be able to walk across the stage or be seated with your classmates.