The Graduation ceremony is a big day, especially if you are a Graduand, about to receive your qualification and officially graduate. This page gives you an outline of what happens on the day.
- Make sure your guests are OK then make sure you are ready for a 2 hour ceremony.
- You must have your hands free when on stage so it is strongly advised that you give handbags, flowers or personal belongings to your guests before leaving them in the foyer.
Report and register at the Registration Area no later than 30 minutes prior to the ceremony start.
- The doors will be closed after this time to enable graduand checking and ordering to commence.
- If you arrive late you will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.
- Once assembled keep in order
- Prior to the start of the ceremony, all graduands will be lined up in the sequence of their graduation.
- A final check of names will be carried out by the marshals which may result in some reordering. This is a very important process and you’re asked to cooperate and listen to instructions to ensure you get your own degree or diploma and not someone else’s!
Inside the Auditorium
- You will be part of a group supervised by a marshal who will lead you into the appropriate seating row.
- You will proceed into the auditorium after all other officials and guests are seated.
- There will be a karanga (call) and you will start filing in during this time.
- It is important that you proceed quickly and quietly and remain standing until instructed to sit.
- Enjoy the ceremony and be ready for your time on stage
- At the appropriate time, marshals will ask graduands to leave their seats and file in order quietly to the right hand side of the stage where a marshal will do a final check of names.
On the stage
- If you’re receiving a degree you should keep your trencher tucked under your left arm, tassel to the front
- When your name is called, you should walk directly to the Chancellor who will be standing in the centre of the stage.
- The Chancellor will then shake your right hand and hold a ceremonial trencher either over your head or your shoulder (depending upon the qualification that’s being granted).
- Once you have shaken the Chancellor’s hand, move directly to the Vice-Chancellor who will also shake your right hand and then present you with your degree/diploma/certificate which you will take in your left hand.
- You may then place your trencher on your head.
Congratulations! You have now graduated, and become a part of the AUT Alumni Network
Following this you should walk directly off the stage.
Marshals will then direct you back to your seats (which may not be the same seats you originally sat in).