Te Rā Whakawhiwhi Tohu Graduation

Christchurch Spring Graduation

Friday 18 September 2020
Christchurch Town Hall Auditorium
86 Kilmore Street, Christchurch

Our Spring Graduation includes March 2020 graduates as well as Spring 2020 graduands.

10:00AM: Trades, Humanities, Engineering & Architectural Studies, Applied Sciences and Social Practice, and Health Practice

2:00PM: Enterprise and Digital Innovation, Hospitality and Service Industries and Creative Industries

The ceremonies are preceded by Ara graduand street parades from the Arts Centre to the Town Hall. Graduands should congregate in Market Square at the Arts Centre.

Assembly times are:

Morning ceremony 8:45AM
Afternoon ceremony 12:45PM

September 2020 Graduands: Once you have completed your qualification and been confirmed as eligible to graduate you will receive an email from Ara inviting you to fill in a form. You must complete the form so we know whether you want to graduate in person or graduate in absentia. If you do not fill in this form you will not be able to cross the stage and receive your qualification on the day.

March 2020 Graduates: Registrations for the Spring Ceremony are now closed.

Autumn Graduation 2020 - Frequently Asked Questions

Timaru Graduation

2:00PM, Thursday 18 February 2020
Southern Trust Events Centre
70 Morgans Road, Glenwood, Timaru

We hope that all our Timaru 2020 Ara graduands, friends and whanau can attend our 2021 February ceremony as a visible testimony to our student’s achievements.

The ceremony will be preceeded by an Ara graduand street parade from Canon Street down Stafford Street, finishing at George Street.  Assembly time for this is to be advised closer to the time.

Online streaming

If your friends or family are unable to attend your graduation, our Christchurch graduation ceremonies are streamed live on the Ara website.

Ara Graduations

Ara holds four graduation ceremonies a year.

For the Southern campuses the ceremony is held in mid-February. As part of the graduation celebration there is a street parade for staff and graduands through the centre of Timaru followed by the graduation ceremony at the Southern Trust Events Centre at 2pm.

For the Christchurch campuses there are three ceremonies – two in March and one in September, however this year due to Covid-19 there will be two ceremonies in September.

The Christchurch Town Hall auditorium is the venue for the September 2020 ceremonies. The ceremonies will be preceded by street parades from the Arts Centre to the Town Hall.

Graduation guides

There are separate Graduation guides for Christchurch and Timaru; these provide all the information you need about your ceremony, including how to apply to graduate, the cost of regalia hire, venue details, guest tickets. The Timaru graduation guide will be uploaded in October 2020.

Graduation regalia

As part of the formal graduation ceremony, you’re required to wear Ara regalia. Details about regalia items, the cost of hiring them, how to order them and where and when to collect them are all outlined in the graduation guide above. Regalia needs to be ordered directly: Graduate Women Canterbury (GWC) from 1 August 2020.

Graduands are responsible for obtaining their own academic regalia and we encourage you to organise yours early to ensure availability (please do not contact them prior to 1 August 2020). Academic regalia must be collected from the offices of Graduate Women Canterbury (located on the Dovedale Campus, corner of Dovedale & Solway Avenues) the day before the ceremony and returned there as soon as possible after the ceremony.

The hiring of academic dress is a voluntary service provided by Graduate Women Canterbury who own and maintain the regalia for UC ceremonies. Please do not wear academic regalia in the rain.

Proceeds are used to finance GWC scholarships and awards to graduates and students and for charitable purposes.

Future Graduation Dates

Christchurch Graduations

September 18 2020
March 26 2021
September 17 2021
March 25 2022
September 16 2022
March 31 2023
September 15 2023

Timaru Graduations

February 18 2021
February 17 2022
February 16 2023
February 15 2024