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Te Rā Whakawhiwhi Tohu


Graduation is the official celebration for students and their friends and whānau. We encourage you to attend your graduation ceremony and to make the most of your big day.

Watch the Morning September 16 Graduation here

Watch the Afternoon September 16 Graduation here

Graduation photos

Photos from the Spring graduation in Christchurch on 16 September are now available for purchase. You can view and purchase them here.

Ceremony dates

We hold several graduation ceremonies a year. The next ceremonies will be held on 16 September 2022 at Christchurch Arena at 10am and 2pm.

To find out more about your graduation ceremony, check out the Graduation Guide (September 2022).

Ceremonies are streamed live on the Ara website. 

How it works

If you're eligible to graduate, you'll receive a letter from Ara advising you of this. You'll then need to complete the online graduation form to register for your ceremony. Once we receive your graduation form, we’ll send you further details regarding the ceremony including how to order your regalia.

All graduands will receive their qualification by post regardless of attendance at a graduation ceremony.

You can order guest tickets when you register for graduation.  You are guaranteed up to three guest tickets.

If you or anyone else has special mobility or access needs, or if a Sign Language interpreter is needed please let us know by emailing

If you’d like to chat to us about graduation, you can call us on 0800 24 24 76 (free call in NZ) or +643 940 8000 (international) or email us on Our call centre hours are Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm, Fri 9am-4.30pm (NZST).