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Graduation Procedure

Full instructions will be given to you on the day. There will be marshals at Te Kōpū Mānia Marae and Claudelands Event Centre where you assemble, explaining what you have to do.

Click here to view a short video explaining graduation procedures.

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  • At all times

    • Please be on time. If you are late, we may not be able to allow you to graduate at the ceremony.
    • Please be respectful of others.
    • Dress appropriately – graduation is a formal occasion therefore no rips, tears, holes, singlets, jandals or shorts please.
    • It is important you remain in the order you have been placed in until the ceremony has finished. This is the order in which you will be asked to come on to the stage to receive your qualification.
  • Pre Ceremony: Claudelands Event Centre

    • Entry will be through Entrance No 5 on Heaphy Terrace .
    • Graduating students should make their way to the Upper Concourse to register.
    • Please make sure you arrive at least half an hour before the start of the ceremony.
  • Pre Ceremony: Te Kōpū Mānia Marae Graduation Pōwhiri

    A Māori welcome onto the Te Kōpū Mānia Marae is a pōwhiri where the hosts (tangata whenua) wish to
    formally greet a group of visitors (manuhiri). Māori is the language used during the pōwhiri.

    Basic pōwhiri include the following steps:

    • Gather together at the waharoa (gateway) of the Te Kōpū Mānia Marae.
    • Women should be at the front of the group, men at the back.
    • Wait to be called (Karanga) onto the marae.
    • When directed by the Kuia Karanga (callers), move smartly to the seats provided.
    • Observe Tainui tikanga by having men sit in the front rows and women in the back rows.

    For the ceremony, graduands will be placed in alphabetical order for each qualification and a Wintec staff member (marshal) will explain procedures.

    Do not worry if you're unfamiliar with the pōwhiri ceremony – just follow the lead of those more familiar and experienced with pōwhiri.

  • Conferring of Qualifications at all Graduation Ceremonies

    Following the Pōwhiri at Te Kōpū Mānia Marae, or having been lead into Claudelands Arena, you will be shown to your seat.

    Once seated, the process is as follows:

    • Before the name of each award is announced, you will be ushered to the side of the presentation area.
    • Graduands will be given a name card (cue card) by a marshal. This has your legal name on it and matches the certificate you are about to receive. It may also show the phonetic spelling of your name (how it sounds in the English language), this is asked for on the Application to Graduate form. Please do not alter your name card – this may result in a blank certificate being issued to you.

    Degree graduates receiving a further Degree or Masters
    Wear your trencher while seated with fellow graduands. After your name is called, as you walk across the stage or the grass area, remove your trencher and hold it in your left hand (right side up). Give the trencher to the Chair of Council who will "cap" you for your further degree by accepting your trencher and placing it on your head. He/she will present your certificate and shake your hand. This is when the photograph will be taken. Proceed down the stairs at the events centre or across the presentation area at the Te Kōpū Mānia Marae and return to your seat.

    Degree graduates receiving a Certificate or a Diploma
    Wear your trencher at all times, even when receiving your award from the Chair of Council. After your name is called, cross the stage or grass area to the Chair of Council who will present your certificate and shake your hand. This is when the photograph will be taken. Proceed down the stairs at Claudelands or across the presentation area at the Te Kōpū Mānia Marae and return to your seat.

    Graduands receiving a Degree
    Hold your trencher in your left hand (right side up). When your name is called, cross the stage or grass area to the Chair or Deputy Chair of Council and give him/her your trencher. He/she will "cap" you by accepting your trencher and placing it on your head. He/she will present your certificate and shake your hand. This is when the photograph will be taken. Proceed down the stairs at Claudelands or across the presentation area at the Te Kōpū Mānia Marae and return to your seat.

    Graduands receiving a Certificate or Diploma
    When your name is called, cross the stage or grass area to the Chair or Deputy Chair of Council who will present your certificate and shake your hand. This is when the photograph will be taken. Proceed down the stairs at the Claudelands or across the presentation area at the Te Kōpū Mānia Marae and return to your seat.

  • During the Ceremony

    Please do not leave Claudelands or the Te Kōpū Mānia Marae at any time during the ceremony.

  • After the Ceremony

    After the ceremony is finished, graduates, together with family and friends, are invited to join Wintec Staff for light refreshments.