Staff Information

Stage attendance

All academic, research and senior administrative staff are invited to attend the graduation ceremonies and participate in the processions. A strong staff presence helps to ensure the success of these events and your participation is appreciated. Lecturers have the authority to cancel their classes if they wish to attend.

Seating may be limited, both on stage and in the audience.  We will make every attempt to accommodate staff, but once we reach capacity of 70 on stage per ceremony, we are unable to accommodate any further applicants. 

Completing the online registration does not automatically ensure you have a seat or gown hire. Confirmation emails will be sent to you two weeks prior to the ceremonies.   As seating on stage and in the auditorium is finite, it is important that you know that you actually have a seat before coming to a ceremony.  Please don’t put the Marshal in the unpleasant position of having to tell you that you do not have a seat.


Audience attendance

If you wish to be seated in the audience please email with which ceremony you wish to attend and the number of tickets required.

Gown hire

Academic dress must be worn on stage and can be hired from Academic dress hire, a service run by the Graduate Women Manawatū Charitable Trust inc.

If you hired regalia from Academic Dress Hire for the same ceremony last year, you will be sent a form to confirm that the information held is still correct and you would like to repeat the previous order.

If you are a new staff member or did not hire regalia last year, you can complete an online hire form on their website -

Due dates for staff academic dress hire

  • 13th April annually for May graduation
  • 12th October annually for November graduation

Please ensure you order your academic regalia before this date. The correct regalia may not be obtainable during the two weeks prior to graduation.

Massey Waiata

Please note that the ancient latin anthem Gaudeamus Igitur has been replaced with the Massey waiata Te Kunenga Ki Pūrehuroa. Staff are encouraged to join in singing the waiata and a recording can be accessed here.

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