WITT Graduation Ceremony

Graduation is a time to acknowledge the hard work you have put in to achieve your qualification, celebrating the successes you’ve had along the way. Join us to celebrate this milestone with your classmates, whānau, tutors and the wider WITT community.

Friday 19 February 2021
TSB Stadium at 3pm
(note new venue and time for 2021)


Street Parade 12:30pm
The Street Parade will leave from Puke Ariki, travel along Devon Street and return to Puke Ariki.  

If you have a question that hasn't been answered from the information here, you can contact graduation@witt.ac.nz and we will get in touch with you.

Frequently asked questions

Before the ceremony:

Where can I get tickets for my guests?

All students are eligible for up to 4 free guest tickets.  When you register you will select how many tickets you require (note graduating students do not need a ticket).  If you would like to request additional tickets email graduation@witt.ac.nz.  Once registrations have closed we will allocate the limited numbers of additional tickets as fairly as possible to those that have requested them.  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 meet at Puke Ariki landing at 12:15pm.  The students will follow the academic staff members and leave the landing at 12:30pm. The parade route will travel along Devon Street and final route details will be released in January.

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?

Sign in for graduands is between 1:45pm and 2:15pm.   
IMPORTANT: All students must sign in with the department administrator by 2:15pm or your name will not be called on stage. 

Where can I park?

Parking is free at TSB Stadium and Māori wardens will be there to help guide you.   

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.

Can I wear traditional garments or cultural decorations?

We encourage all graduands to wear traditional garments such as kākahu, korowai, sari ta'ovala or lei. However, please ensure that your academic hood is worn over the top of any other clothing. If you wear cultural decorations such as a headdress for cultural or religious reasons, we recommend you still hire a trencer, but you do not need to wear it. We would like you to carry it in your left hand when you walk up on the stage and after leaving the stage with your certificate, instead.

Where will I be sitting?

After signing in, students will be directed into class lines then will get seated into the stadium. 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 built in seating in the stadium. Ushers will guide your guests to their seats and they are based on a 'first in, first served' basis. Please note only that those on the guest list will be able to enter.

What happens during the ceremony?

  • Students and visitors stand as academic staff enter. 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 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.
  • When prompted, leave the stage as directed by the usher and return to your seat

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

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 stadium.

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 Stadium.

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 ceremony?

Do not take drink bottles, handbags, food etc with you into the ceremony.    

What happens if I show up late for graduation?

The ceremony will start promptly. If you do not sign in on time with your department administrator your name will not be called during the ceremony.  You will not be able to walk across the stage or be seated with your classmates.


Got a question that's not answered here? Email us at graduation@witt.ac.nz and we'll be in touch.