Attending the Ceremony

We are happy to announce that we have set a date for the Spring Graduation Ceremony which will be held on Monday 14 September 2020.

The graduation ceremony is an amazing event where we come together and celebrate this huge accomplishment in front of peers, friends and whānau.

Below is some information that you might find useful in preparation for your big day!


Aotea Centre, Queen Street, Auckland 

Ceremony times

Ceremony One - 9:30am

  • Health and Social Practice
  • Community Studies
  • Environmental and Animal Sciences
  • Applied Business
  • Creative Industries
  • Computing, Electrical and Applied Technology

Ceremony Two - 12:45pm

  • Architecture
  • Building Construction
  • Trades & Services
  • Bridging Education & Others

Ceremony Three - 3:30pm

  • Graduates of March 2020 (All programmes)

Important information for Graduates


Graduation is a formal event and graduands will be required to wear regalia according to your qualification. You are responsible for getting your own regalia and can either hire, or purchase you own for the occasion. 

Hire regalia
Regalia can be hired from Academic Dress Hire and can be ordered online. 

Academic Dress Hire

Purchase regalia
If you wish to purchase regalia our preferred supplier is Etude Classique. You can email or call them on (09) 522 5241

Etude Classique

Dress code

Dress code is smart casual so you are expected to dress accordingly. Wearing Korowai or garlands over your regalia is permitted and encouraged.

Guest Tickets

Each graduating student who is attending Graduation can redeem up to 3 complimentary tickets so that friends and family join in the celebration of your great achievement. Extra tickets will be available for purchase at $5.00 per ticket on a first come first served basis and are very limited. Any unclaimed guest tickets will be made available for the public purchase the week prior to the ceremony. Further information on ticket sales and redemption dates will be sent to you via email once you are confirmed eligible.


Children over the age of two need a ticket. They must be closely supervised and accompanied by an adult (who is not graduating) at all times as there are no childcare services. Graduation ceremonies are formal occasions and children can often find them uncomfortable. Guests with young children should sit next to or near an aisle so they can easily leave the hall if necessary.

Official Photographer

Global-Pix is our official photographer on the day capturing your moment on stage, portrait sittings and certificate framing. The team will be situated on the BNZ foyer in Aotea Centre. If you would like to pre-order, enquire or pre-book a sitting time, please visit their website.


iMAX Florists provide a range of flowers and graduation momentos available for purchase on the day. They will be situated on the right hand side as you come through the main entrance to Aotea Centre. You can also pre-order and pick up on the day.

Pre-order flowers

Hunua Room

All Graduands must report to the Hunua Room upon arrival so that we can put you in the correct order that you will cross the stage. At this time, please ask any guests accompanying you to find a seat in the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre.

View Aotea Centre Floorplan


Parking is available all around Aotea Square with early bird parking available at some car parking facilities. Please remember that it will be busy so to ensure you aren't rushing, please arrive early. For more information on Civic car park, parking facility under Aotea Square, visit the Auckland Transport website

Civic car park

No longer able to attend

If you are no longer able to attend the graduation ceremony, or if any of your contact information has changed, please notify the Graduation Office as soon as possible.

Graduation is a public event

Programme: Graduation ceremonies at Unitec are a public and ticketed event. This means that the names and award titles of all graduands (including those graduating in absentia) are published in the graduation programme, which is available to anyone attending the ceremony.  By applying to graduate you agree to your name being included in the graduation programme. 

Photography: There may be a Unitec engaged photographer present at the event. By attending, you and your guests give permission for Unitec to use any shots taken of you in Unitec printed publications and on our website. 

Filming: Footage of the ceremony, including crowd and individual shots, may be taken at the ceremony. This footage may be used on Unitec’s website and other promotional material. By attending the event, you and your guests consent to Unitec using any footage which includes your (or their) image which is collected immediately before, during or after the ceremony. 

Contact us

Phone 0800 10 95 10