Te Rā Whakawhiwhi Tohu Graduation

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Graduation at Ara

Ara holds four graduation ceremonies a year. One in February for the Southern campuses and two in March and one in September for the Christchurch campuses. See our ceremony dates for more information.

Graduation is a celebration of your academic achievement which can be shared with family, friends, fellow students and the whole Ara community.

If you are entitled to attend a graduation ceremony when you have successfully completed an approved programme you will receive a letter or email .

How to graduate

To graduate from Ara Institute of Canterbury you will:

  • Receive a letter or email advising you if you're eligible to graduate

If you choose to attend graduation in person, for Christchurch the ceremony will be held at the Horncastle Arena, Christchurch and for Timaru at the Southern Trust Event Centre.

You will be able to access our online graduation form to register for our Christchurch ceremonies and for Timaru you will be sent a graduation pack.

Note:.If you are completing an on-line graduation form and you cannot remember your student portal username and password you will need to contact the ICT Service Desk at 03 940 8800 or ictservicedesk@ara.ac.nz

Graduation guide

If you choose to attend the graduation ceremony, please read the Graduation Guide which outlines all the ceremony information regarding regalia, assembly, procession and tickets. You are required to wear the regalia appropriate to your qualification. Note there is a separate guide for the Christchurch ceremonies and the Timaru ceremony.

Graduation regalia

See Graduation Regalia for more information about your gown, scarf or hood.

Graduating in absentia

If you request to graduate in absentia, your qualification document will be mailed to you or held for you to collect after the graduation ceremony date from the Central Academic Records office situated in N block, room N118 at the Madras Street Campus, Christchurch or for Southern Campuses Room TA115 in A block Timaru campus.

You will need to bring proof of identity when collecting your qualification, e.g. your student ID card or driver's license.

Online streaming

If your friends or family are unable to attend your graduation, our graduation ceremonies for Christchurch are all streamed live on the Ara website on the day. Please see our graduation live streaming requirements for technical information.

Confirmations

When we receive your forms indicating your graduation choice, we will send you a letter or email confirming that we have received your application.

Guest tickets

Up to five tickets for guests are available on request.There are no reserved seat numbers. You will be given the opportunity to request extra tickets. Extra tickets requested will be posted, if available, approximately two weeks before the ceremony.

Special needs

If you or any of your guests have special mobility or access needs, please let us know either on your application form or by contacting us on (03) 940 8542  or graduation@ara.ac.nz nearer the date.

If you or any of your guests communicate by NZ Sign Language, please let us know early so we can arrange for an interpreter to be on stage during the ceremony by phoning 03 940 8542 or email graduation@ara.ac.nz.

Photographs

A photographer will be at the ceremony. Every graduate will be photographed as they are presented with their award on stage. These photographs will be are available for purchase as either prints and/or digital files.

View the September 2016 Graduation video here.

Further questions?

If you have any further questions about applications to graduate, qualification queries or regalia, please email graduation@ara.ac.nz.

Graduation guides

Timaru graduation guide (PDF:3MB)

Christchurch graduation guide (PDF:1MB)