Otago Polytechnic

We're looking forward to graduation on Friday 11 December and hope you are too! To keep everyone safe, please find our Covid-19 Graduation Protocols below. 

Graduation at Alert Level 1

There is no limit on the number of people who can attend a social event or enter a public facility at Alert Level 1. It's perfectly safe to do so. To keep everyone comfortable on the day, we'll be following best practice, government advice on track and trace, and public safety. 

When to stay home 

Do not come to graduation (or attend gatherings or public events) if you are:

  • unwell
  • a confirmed or probable case of Covid-19 
  • waiting for a Covid-19 test result 
  • self-isolating. 

If you feel unwell before graduation day, please email graduation@op.ac.nz and let them know you won't be coming. 

If you feel unwell on graduation day, please freephone 0800 762 786 and let them know you won't be coming. 

What will happen during the ceremony?
  • We will not be shaking hands during the ceremony and will instead present awards to recipients.
  • Mask wearing is optional for anyone who wants to wear one. 
  • Mask wearing is also optional for Otago Polytechnic staff. Dunedin Venue staff will be wearing masks. 

How to track and trace 

Businesses must legally display Covid Tracer QR code posters in prominent places to help you keep track of where you've been. Dunedin Town Hall will be displaying these QR code posters - we recommend you use the Government Covid Tracer App to scan this QR code when you arrive at the Town Hall. Guests will be provided with a flyer which includes a printed QR code that they can scan. 

Please remember that you can't take any bags, flowers, other items into the Town Hall as you will change seats during the ceremony and can't carry items across the stage. 

We have a desk at the front door where you can check your items in before the ceremony and collect them again at the end. We have staff minders who look after these items to ensure they are secure. 

Hygiene practices 
  • We encourage everyone to keep using good hygiene practices to keep each other safe. 
  • There are plenty of hand washing facilities at the Town Hall (with soap, water, hand dryers/paper towels).  
  • Organisers have said they will be providing alcohol-based hand sanitiser. 
  • If you cough and sneeze, please do so into your elbow. 
Anything else?

To help prevent further spread of Covid-19 and other viruses (e.g. the common cold or flu), you may want to practice physical distancing where possible. While the risk of exposure to Covid-19 is low, it may re-emerge and you should always follow basic hygiene to prevent spreading the virus. 

People at higher risk of Covid-19 infection are encouraged to take extra precautions when leaving home to protect your own health. Use your judgement. You may personally want to avoid large gatherings or choose to wear a mask.