Wellington graduation ceremony checklist , Te rārangi tohu whakapōtaetanga i Te Whanganui-a-Tara

Use our graduation ceremony checklist to ensure you are ready for the big day and find out what happens.


Check the date, time and location of your ceremony and procession

All graduands and their guests must be seated in the Michael Fowler Centre 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

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Hire gowns and academic dress (regalia)

Make you sure you have arranged well before the ceremony (preferably one month before) to hire the correct academic dress for your qualification. The receipt you receive after placing your order will show you when and where to pick it up and return it. Collection of your regalia is from the campus so allow enough time for this.

Massey has a preferred supplier arrangement for hiring academic dress with Academic Dress Hire.

Place your order on the Academic Dress Hire website.

Print tickets and organise seating

You'll receive a notification in your student portal (login required) when your ticket is available to download. This will be approximately 2 weeks prior to the graduation ceremony.

Make sure you print this ticket and bring it with you on the day of graduation as it states your row and seat number. It is very important that you sit in the seat allocated to you.

All graduands and their guests must be seated in the Michael Fowler Centre 30 minutes before the start of each ceremony.

You will be seated in a reserved section of the auditorium according to the order in which you will go on stage to receive your award.

Cell phones

Please make sure all cell phones are turned off or on silent before entering the Michael Fowler Centre.

Guest seating and tickets

Guest tickets will be available for downloading in the student portal at the same time as your ticket. Guests may sit in any area that has not been reserved. Note your guests will only be admitted to the auditorium if they hold a ticket.

If you have general admission tickets you will not use, please contact the Events Office on wgtnevents@massey.ac.nz.

Special seating requirements

Guests wishing to avoid stairs are advised to take the elevator from the ground floor to level one and enter through doors three and five. As guest seating is unreserved, those requiring an aisle seat are advised to arrive early.

For any other seating requirements, please contact the Events Office on email wgtnevents@massey.ac.nz.

Find out about the ceremony

Graduation programme

You'll receive a complimentary copy of the programme at the ceremony.

Limited copies of the programme will be available for purchase by friends and whānau in the Michael Fowler Centre foyer for $5.

Entrance of the academic and official procession

The audience is requested to rise as the academic and official processions enter at the commencement of each ceremony.

This is followed by a karanga (welcome), the University waiata (song) and Chancellor's address.

Receiving your award

At the appropriate time, the College Pro Vice-Chancellor will announce the various degrees, diplomas and certificates. Recipients will be guided by an usher to the stage.

Those graduating for the first time will carry their trencher (graduation hat) in their left hand, with the tassel placed on the left side of the trencher.

Previously capped students should wear their trencher during the procession and into the venue. However, as you leave your seat and approach the stage to have your award presented you must then remove your trencher.

When the College Pro Vice-Chancellor calls your name, approach the stage and stand directly before the Chancellor.

For certificate and diploma recipients the Chancellor will shake your hand. You should then put on your trencher.

For degrees and other qualifications the Chancellor will ceremoniously cap you by holding a ceremonial trencher over your head, and shaking your hand. You should then put on your trencher or bonnet.

All recipients then cross the stage to receive their graduation certificate, taking it in their right hand. You will then be guided by an usher back to your seat. Wear your trencher or bonnet for the remainder of the ceremony until after you are outside the venue.

Conclusion of the ceremony

At the conclusion of the ceremony, everyone will remain standing until those on the stage have left the auditorium. Graduates will then follow the staff in procession out of the venue.

View photography options

The official photographer for our Wellington graduation ceremonies is Woolf Photography.

Capping photographs

Each graduate will be photographed as they are presented with their qualification and then when they come off the stage, at the bottom of the stairs. These photos are taken in quick succession due to the volume of people passing through, therefore they are not able to be posed.

Roving photographers will also be working throughout the day. Feel free to approach them if you would like informal photos taken.

Viewing and purchasing photos

Photos will be available to view and purchase within 48 hours on the Woolf Photography website.

Studio portraits

Before and after your ceremony there will be studio setups in the foyer of the Michael Fowler Centre for posed portraits. Graduates and/or their families are given extra time to pose for these photographs. No bookings are necessary.

Payment must be made before the photographs are taken. Cash, EFTPOS and major credit cards are accepted.

Photographer contacts

Phone: +64 4 917 6861
Email: hello@woolf.co.nz
Website: www.photographybywoolf.com
Address: Level 3 Malcolm Pacific Building, 276 Lambton Quay, Wellington

Share the live streaming link with friends and whānau

Our graduation ceremonies are streamed live to allow friends and whānau from around the world to view graduation as it happens.

A video recording of the full ceremony will also be available online shortly after the ceremony.

Graduation livestream

Get help on the day

On graduation day, a helpdesk is located in the Michael Fowler Centre foyer one hour prior to each ceremony to assist with graduation enquiries and seating requests. You can also contact us for assistance.


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