WITT Graduation Ceremony

You can view and download photos from the WITT Māori and Pacific Celebration here 

You can view and download photos from the WITT Graduation and Street Parade here

Below is the link to your Graduation Info Pack.  It contains all the important details you need to know about gown collection, signing in for the ceremony, how to collect guest tickets, the street parade and more.  Please make sure you take a few minutes to read it through well in advance of the ceremony and feel free to forward it on to friends and whānau who might be attending.




The ceremony will be livestreamed so friends and family near and far can watch your big day.  The livestream details will be available closer to the day.  




Street Parade 12:30pm - come cheer them on!

Graduands will assemble at 12:15pm at Puke Ariki and the street parade starts at 12:30pm.

The parade travels from Puke Ariki along Ariki Street, Egmont Street, Devon Street West and returns to Puke Ariki via Currie Street.

Important Timings 


1:00pm - 6pm: Gown collection from TSB Stadium


9:00am-12:00pm: Gown collection from TSB Stadium

12:15pm: Graduands gather at Puke Ariki Landing

12:30pm: Street Parade departs from Puke Ariki along Ariki Street, Egmont Street, Devon Street West, Currie Street and returns to Ariki Street. Don’t forget to invite everyone to cheer you on!

1:30pm-2:00pm: Registration opens at La Mer Lounge, Pukekura Raceway

2:00pm: Preparing for the graduation ceremony. You will be guided on the ceremony proceedings, class photos will be taken, and graduands will be arranged into seating order.

2:55pm: Graduands will proceed from La Mer Lounge to TSB Stadium (approx 120 metre walk)

3:00pm: Graduation ceremony begins

5:30pm (approx): Graduation ceremony concludes

Please ensure that you return your gown after the ceremony to collect your bond refund ($20).

Frequently asked questions

Before the ceremony:

Where can I get tickets for my guests?

Guest tickets were reserved when graduands registered to attend the ceremony.  Guest tickets can be collected when you collect your gown (see times above).  Live streaming is also available for guests who are unable to attend the formal ceremony.   

When & where can I collect my gown from?

Gowns can be collected from TSB Stadium the day before Graduation or on the morning of the ceremony. Please bring your own bag for your gown.
Time:     Thursday 18th February 1pm - 6pm
               Friday 19th February 9am - 12noon
If you are unable to collect your gown at the times indicatedabove, please arrange for a family member or friend to do so on your behalf.  Gowns must be paid for by 5th February.  

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 departs from Puke Ariki, travels along Ariki Street, Egmont Street, Devon Street West, Currie Street and returns to Ariki Street.

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 1:30pm and 2:00pm.   
IMPORTANT: All students must sign in with the department administrator by 2:00pm 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. Please arrive early as parking will be very busy.  

What should I wear?

Graduation is a formal event, we expect everyone to dress to a smart and tidy standard.  Everyone attending the graduation ceremony are required to dress in a formal manner and appropriate attire should be worn.

The following items are not appropriate to wear on the day: jeans, singlets, extremely high heels, jandals, work boots, miniskirts or mini dresses. Please be mindful that the graduation gowns can be quite warm so you will need to wear appropriate but cool attire.  

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.  Please note only that those with guest tickets will be able to enter.

Accessible seating is available.  Please email graduation@witt.ac.nz to arrange this.

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 graduation@witt.ac.nz .

Can I or my guests take photos during the ceremony?

There are no problems with people taking photos of video during the ceremony.  A photographer will be taking photos of each graduand as they cross the stage.  These will be free to download by 5pm on Monday following 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.