Graduation

Information for guests

We're looking forward to welcoming you so you can share this special day with your loved one.

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Information for guests

Getting here/parking 

If you're planning to travel to Dunedin on the day of graduation, please make sure you leave plenty of time as the roads into the city can be busy. 

Due to the inner-city upgrade, there are currently a lot of roads in the centre of town that are closed. This will mean that the area around the Dunedin Town Hall is very busy and there will be little to no car parking available.

We would recommend that you park outside of the main centre of town (if possible). This Where you can park webpage on the Dunedin City Council website might be useful for planning. The “inner city” is the area around the Octagon (Moray Place, Stuart Street, Princes Street etc).  

Another option is parking a distance away and getting a bus into the centre of town. You can find Dunedin bus info here

Attending guests

Guests don’t need tickets to attend a graduation ceremony.

Due to the capacity of the Town Hall, we ask graduates the total number of guest seats they require when they register. If a graduate wants to increase the total number of guests coming along, they can update their registration via the Student Hub or, once registration closes, let us know by email at graduation@op.ac.nz

All guests can sit in any unreserved seating in the Town Hall. Reserved seating will be marked with a sign so it'll be clear where guests can sit. 

Please let us know if any guests need assistance on graduation day. e.g. an elderly guest with limited mobility or anyone specifically requiring ground floor seating. Email graduation@op.ac.nz

Parade and ceremony details

We will add the September 2024 ceremony details closer to the time.

Find the schedule of the ceremonies here and a map of the parade route below. 

Graduation Map Route 2 2023

Parade route

Our graduation parade route is a little different from normal at the moment due to roadworks. Graduands need to gather at First Church (415 Moray Place, Central Dunedin).

Professional ceremony photography

McRobie Studios take a photograph of everyone who crosses the stage at the Graduation Ceremony. Photographs will be taken as degrees are conferred and awards are presented.

These photographs, along with frames and mattes with the Otago Polytechnic and Te Pūkenga logos, are available to view and order online at McRobies. There are alternate ways to order, please enquire about this directly with McRobie Studios (details on their website).

View at mcrobie.co.nz

Contact us

If you need some guidance, we’re here to help. Feel free to chat to us directly about any questions you may have.