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Graduation

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 conditions and current ‘traffic light’ settings, Ara Institute of Canterbury has made the difficult decision to cancel the Timaru and Christchurch Autumn Graduation ceremonies scheduled for 14 March and 1 April 2022 respectively.

Further communications will be sent to all eligible graduands seeking expressions of interest to attend a Spring Graduation ceremony in September 2022, pending COVID-19 restrictions at that time. Ceremony date(s) to be determined based on indicated attendance levels.

We’ve made this decision now to allow time for you and your guests to change travel plans if necessary.

All graduands eligible for the cancelled Autumn Graduation ceremonies will be couriered their qualification (we are now starting this process).

If you would like to attend a Spring Graduation in September 2022
Please wait for Ara to get in touch for you to express your interest in attending.

  • If you’ve previously booked regalia you can EITHER hold your booking (it will be transferred to September 2022) OR use your regalia now for private celebrations and photos, and submit a new booking for September 2022, for which you’ll be charged at the same rate.
  • If you want to keep your regalia booking for private celebrations or photos you’re more than welcome to – please contact info@gwcregaliahire.nz to arrange a contactless collection. This will be available from 1 March 2022.
  • If you still need to book regalia for Spring 2022 you’ll be able to do so once you’ve registered to attend a ceremony (further communications to come).

If you do not want to attend a Spring Graduation in September 2022
You will be able to let us know when we ask for expressions of interest.

  • If you no longer require your previous regalia booking, contact the GWC Regalia Hire at info@gwcregaliahire.nz, before 31 March 2022, who will refund your order on your request. If you choose to get a regalia refund and then decide to attend a Spring 2022 Graduation, you will need to put in a new regalia hire request.
  • If you want to keep your regalia booking for private celebrations or photos you’re more than welcome to – please contact info@gwcregaliahire.nz to arrange a contactless collection.  This will be available from 1 March 2022.
  • If you still need to book regalia for a private celebration or photos please go online and book a casual hire at www.gwcregaliahire.nz.  This option will be available online from 1 March 2022. Please note you’ll need to upload a photo of your qualification once it’s been couriered out to you.

If you’d like to talk to someone about graduation, please call Ara on 0800 24 24 76.

Darren Mitchell
Acting Chief Executive