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Autumn Graduation postponed

As a preventative measure to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, Unitec's Autumn Graduation on Tuesday 31 March has been postponed, along with Kahurangi 2020 and the Pacific Celebration.

Like many other event hosts in New Zealand, this decision was made in response to the rapidly changing situation around Coronavirus and advice from the New Zealand Government surrounding large scale events. The health and well-being of our students, staff and the wider Unitec whānau is of primary concern. 

We appreciate this is hugely disappointing news for graduands, whānau, friends and staff. Unitec will consider holding graduation ceremonies later in the year if the circumstances allow and will update our graduands once the situation becomes more clear.

Next Steps

How will I receive my official qualification?

Because Autumn Graduation on Tuesday 31 March is now postponed, you will automatically graduate in absentia.

By graduating in absentia, your graduation qualification and official transcript will be mailed to you as soon as our staff can return to campus. Please ensure we have your correct postal address by emailing the Graduation Office so we deliver your Graduate Certificate to the right place.

You can still have the graduation experience by attending a ceremony at a later date. However, we are unable to confirm the date of the next Graduation Ceremony at this stage due to the evolving situation around COVID-19

In the mean time we will issue you with a letter of confirmation. You will receive this via email after Tuesday 31 March. 

If you have any questions, email

What if I have purchased tickets?

If you have purchased additional tickets to Unitec's Autumn Graduation there are two ways you can receive a refund:

If you booked your tickets from a Ticketmaster outlet or box office, you must go back to the same outlet to obtain a refund.

If you booked your tickets online or over the phone, Ticketmaster will automatically deposit your refund back to the credit card used to make the booking.

What if I hired regalia?

If you have hired regalia from Academic Dress Hire and require a refund please email here.

Please note: you can still hire graduation gear for photos at a discounted rate, however, this is non-refundable.

Need to contact us?

If you have any queries regarding graduation please contact the Graduation Office via Email or Phone +64 9 815 4231

Please ensure your message contains your name, student ID, and Programme of Study graduating from.