Pacific students graduation celebrations & events Ngā kaupapa & whakapōtaetanga mō ngā tauira Pacific

The Pacific Student Success team organises events throughout the year to support and connect our Pacific students, including celebrations to honour Pacific graduates.

Pacific student with family at graduation


Date: Friday 28 May, 2021

Time: 6.30pm

North Harbour Stadium
Stadium Drive

Palmerston North (Manawatū)

Date: Tuesday 4 May, 2021

Time: 6.30pm

Crossroads Church
220 Church Street
Palmerston North


Date: Tuesday 20 April, 2021

Time: 6.30pm

Tea Gardens
Dominion Museum Building 10C
Massey University
15 Buckle Street
Mount Cook

How to register to attend a celebration

In order to graduate at an official graduation ceremony you need to apply to graduate. When you apply you can also register to attend a celebration to honour Pacific graduates.

Apply to graduate

There is no cost to attend the celebration – you are our honoured guests.

If you have Pasifika as well as Māori ancestry, you are welcome to attend both the Pacific @ Massey and Māori @ Massey celebrations if you wish. Please ensure you register for both events when you apply to graduate.

About the celebration

You are welcome to bring up to 10 guests with you to the celebrations. Children are welcome – it is inspiring for our children to see the success of their family.

At our celebrations, graduates are given the opportunity to have a short message read out as they walk across the stage. This message of thanks is your opportunity to acknowledge those who have helped you along the way. As your message is being read out, we encourage your families and friends to take this opportunity to gift you with ula lole (lolly leis) and kahoa lole.

Your graduation certificate will be presented to you at your graduation ceremony. At this celebration you will receive a special certificate from the Pacific Student Success, Office of the Provost.

You do you not have to graduate at the Massey campus where you studied – you can choose to attend a graduation celebration at the Massey location that suits you best.

What to wear

Graduates will be required to wear academic dress and the hood of your discipline. These are available for hire.

On the night of the celebration, graduates are able to give us their gowns, hoods and trenchers to us and we will return it on their behalf.

For more information about what to wear and hiring academic dress see the Academic Dress Hire website.

Academic Dress Hire


Before the start of Semester One and Semester two each year, Massey University runs orientation programmes on each campus. These include a Pacific orientation, which is a great opportunity to meet other Pacific students and find out what’s happening, what support is available and who you can talk to.

There will also be community orientation events in Northland, Auckland, Napier and Wellington to connect with Massey distance students around orientation time.

Find out more about orientation at Massey University on the orientation page.

Orientation at Massey University

You can also contact the Pacific Learning Advisors to find out more information about the Pacific Orientation Programme.

Pacific Learning Advisors

Pacific @ Massey events

The Pacific Student Success team regularly organises events, forums, celebrations and more, designed to connect, support and celebrate our Pacific students, our cultures and achievements. To keep up to date with what’s happening on your campus, join the Pacific @ Massey Facebook page.

Pacific @ Massey Facebook page

Contact the office

Celebrations to honour Pacific graduates