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Graduation

Graduation is the official celebration for students and their friends and whānau. We encourage you to attend your graduation ceremony and to make the most of your big day.

We hold several graduation ceremonies a year in Timaru and Christchurch and ceremonies are streamed live on the Ara website.

Detailed information and start times for all graduation ceremonies will be made available on this web page as soon as they have been decided.

2023 Graduation Dates
  • Thursday 16 February 2023 - Timaru
  • Friday 31 March 2023 - Christchurch
  • Friday 15 September 2023 - Christchurch
Graduation Photos and Videos

Photos from the Spring graduation in Christchurch on 16 September are now available for purchase. You can view and purchase them here.

Watch the Morning September 16 Graduation here

Watch the Afternoon September 16 Graduation here

Register to Graduate

Once you have successfully completed your programme, you'll receive a letter from Ara advising you of this and inviting you to register for graduation. You'll then need to complete the online graduation form to register for your ceremony. Once we receive your graduation registration form, we’ll send you further details regarding the ceremony, including how to order your regalia.

All graduates receive their qualification by post, regardless of attendance at a graduation ceremony. When you cross the stage at graduation, you will receive a ceremonial parchment scroll.

Guests at Graduation

Limited guest tickets are available at no cost. All graduates are guaranteed at least two tickets.

Extra tickets may be requested when you register for graduation but are not guaranteed. You will be notified if there are any issues with your request.

Guest tickets will be available for pick up along with your regalia at GWC Regalia Hire.

Special Assistance

If you or anyone else has special mobility or access needs, or if a Sign Language interpreter is needed, please let us know by emailing graduation@ara.ac.nz.

Graduation Regalia

The hiring of academic dress is a voluntary service provided by GWC Regalia Hire who manage the regalia for Ara graduation ceremonies. The proceeds from hire fees are used to finance scholarships and awards to graduates and students and for charitable purposes.

Once you have registered for graduation, you will be emailed a special link to order your regalia with GWC. Regalia orders will open approximately six weeks prior to the graduation ceremony date. Please wait until you receive this unique link and do not order directly on the GWC Regalia Hire website.

Multiple qualifications

When you apply to graduate, please ensure you select the qualification you wish to graduate under. You will then be able to order the regalia associated with that qualification. Graduates receiving multiple awards will not cross the stage twice in one ceremony.

Timaru Graduation will be held on 16 February 2023 at Caroline Bay Hall.

Registrations for Timaru Graduation will open on 9 December and close on 8 February 2023.

Timaru Graduation Guide

IMPORTANT: You can’t register to attend graduation until your results have been confirmed by your department. This process needs to be completed by the closing dates above in order for you to attend graduation.

Autumn Graduation will be held on 31 March 2023 at the Christchurch Town Hall.

Registrations for Autumn Graduation will open on 13 February 2023 and close on 6 March 2023.

March Graduation Guide – available soon

IMPORTANT: You can’t register to attend graduation until your results have been confirmed by your department. This process needs to be completed by the closing dates above in order for you to attend graduation.

September Graduation will be held on 15 September 2023 at the Christchurch Town Hall.

Registrations for September Graduation will open in 19 June 2023 and close 21 August 2023.

September Graduation Guide – available soon

IMPORTANT: You can’t register to attend graduation until your results have been confirmed by your department. This process needs to be completed by the closing dates above in order for you to attend graduation.

If you can’t attend your graduation ceremony, that’s ok. Attendance at graduation is optional. You will still receive your qualification in the mail. You can also choose to defer your attendance to another ceremony date. You may only defer to a future ceremony once. If you can’t make the following ceremony, we can’t hold your place for a future ceremony.

If you’d like to chat to us about graduation, you can call us on 0800 24 24 76 (free call in NZ) or +64 3 940 8000 (international) or email us on graduation@ara.ac.nz. Our call centre hours are Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm, Fri 9am-4.30pm (NZST).