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December 2021 postponement information



Latest update

5 November 2021

The December 2021 graduation ceremonies have been postponed to the second week of March 2022.

Otago Polytechnic will be holding three graduation ceremonies across two days that week – two on Thursday 10 March, and one on Friday 11 March.

Check the ceremony schedule on the graduation important dates webpage to see whether your replacement ceremony is on Thursday 10 March or Friday 11 March.

We will be in touch in the next couple of weeks with what we need you to do.

We have created a set of FAQs which answer the common questions we have already received.

This webpage, and the FAQs, will be updated as details are confirmed.


Previous updates

29 October 2021

Due to the ongoing uncertainty around Covid-19 alert levels, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone the December 2021 graduation ceremony until early 2022. 

This is not a decision that has been made lightly as we know and appreciate that celebrating and acknowledgment of your mahi is an important part your Otago Polytechnic journey, as well as a proud moment for your whānau, community and our staff.  We looked at a number of alternatives for the ceremony but the restriction on numbers, physical distancing and the challenge of some learners and whānau in Alert Level 3 areas has guided our decision making.

We realise this is disappointing for you after the mahi you have put in to cross the stage, however, this is a postponement not a cancellation.

At this stage, we’re looking at holding the ceremony in early 2022, once we have confirmation of the new date, we’ll let you know as soon as we can.

With the rapid change of alert levels, disruption to travel throughout the country and strong potential for levels and limits on attendance to change, we believe this is the safest course of action for everyone – our learners, our staff and our community.