Graduand procession

Subject to fine weather, there will be a Graduand procession prior to each ceremony. All those receiving awards should participate in this traditional part of graduation. There will be three groups processing: Graduands, University staff and University Officials. A band will lead the parade.


In preparation for the Graduand procession you will be required to report to The Commons, (McKenzie Precinct – 21 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna. Please refer to procession route map below). Please bring your numbered 'Graduand' ticket and report no later than the following times:

Ceremony One: Tuesday 16 April 2019 at 9:30am; parade departure at 9:45am

Ceremony Two: Tuesday 16 April 2019 at 1:30pm; parade departure at 1:45pm

Ceremony Three: Wednesday 17 April 2019 at 9:30am; parade departure at 9:45am

Ceremony Four: Wednesday 17 April 2019 at 1:30pm; parade departure at 1:45pm

Ceremony Five: Thursday 18 April 2019 at 9:30am; parade departure at 9:45am

Ceremony Six: Thursday 18 April 2019 at 1:30pm; parade departure at 1:45pm

All participants will group into fours and will proceed under the direction of the parade marshals. Master and PhD graduands will be invited to lead their Colleges' processions. The processions will depart promptly on time. The route will be as follows: Leaving from The Commons onto Hurstmere Road and then left into The Promenade to outside the Bruce Mason Centre. Graduands will proceed directly to the Level 2 Conference Rooms (upstairs to the left). Here you will be ordered according to the number on your 'Graduand' ticket. When ready, you will be led down stairs and into the auditorium, in single file.

Note: Please email if standing for long periods is a problem (a seat will be provided).

Procession Route

As you will not be returning to your original seat in the auditorium at the Bruce Mason Centre, it will not be appropriate to carry handbags, satchels, cameras, hand-held wallets or other small items during the procession through Takapuna. Participants are requested to leave such items with their families or friends prior to arriving in The Strand courtyard.

Families and friends are invited to welcome the parade outside the Bruce Mason Centre in The Promenade. Once the graduands have proceeded upstairs, family and friends are encouraged to take their seats in the auditorium.


Please note a change to the Graduand parade cancellation information on the printed Graduation Checklist:
If the procession is cancelled due to bad weather an announcement will be made on the Massey website homepage at approximately the following times:
Ceremonies 1, 3, 5: 8.00am
Ceremonies 2, 4, 6: 12.00 noon

Reporting times to Bruce Mason Centre if the Graduand parade is cancelled:
Ceremonies 1, 3 , 5: 10.00am
Ceremonies 2, 4, 6: 2.00pm  

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