We love to celebrate our student’s success, so graduation is a big deal and one that the whole organisation gets involved in. We typically have three graduation ceremonies throughout the year, in Dunedin (March and September) and Auckland (October).

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Dunedin graduations

Dunedin graduations take place at the Dunedin Town Hall. To take part in the graduation ceremony you must register to attend - find more information here about registering to graduate.

Graduation ceremonies are so much fun. There are normally pre-grad celebrations that take place on campus, with your classmates and lecturers. Followed by the iconic street parade, down George Street in procession behind the town piping band. It’s a special moment and one your whānau can enjoy too. The street parade ends at the Town Hall, where you are invited onto stage to receive formal recognition of your achievement.

To graduate, you must come in academic regalia, which you hire from us. Each qualification and school has its own hood and sash colour! We encourage our students to come to graduation as it is such a great opportunity to celebrate.

Upcoming graduation dates

Date Ceremony location Status
Thursday 22 September Dunedin Registrations are now closed.
Monday 17 October Auckland Registrations open.
Registrations close 05 September.
Friday 16 December  Dunedin Registrations open.
Registrations close 04 November.
Friday 10 March, 2023 Dunedin Registrations open.
Registrations close 03 February

Please note: Registrations may close prior to the above dates if ceremony capacity is reached.


Pre-graduation dates

Date Campus Status
17 October 2022 CapableNZ (in Auckland) Check closer to date
September 2022 Dunedin, Central, Capable NZ Check closer to date
December 2022 Dunedin, Central, Capable NZ Check closer to date
March 2023 Dunedin, Central, Capable NZ Check closer to date

Auckland Graduations

If you’re an international student who studied at our Auckland International Campus (AIC), find out all you need to know about the next graduation ceremony here.

Wintec Graduation

Students based in Hamilton, studying Occupational Therapy with Otago Polytechnic and Wintec can graduate at the Wintec Graduation Ceremony at Claudelands.

OP graduates attending a Wintec ceremony register in the same way as other OP graduates.

Staff at Wintec will be in contact closer to the ceremony regarding guest tickets and specific arrangements.

For more information on Wintec graduation please visit the Wintec graduation webpage.


Contact us

If you’re not sure what to study and would like some guidance, we’re here to help. Feel free to chat to us directly about any questions you may have.