Otago Polytechnic

Wintec Graduations:
Te Kōpū Mānia Marae 
Week commencing 19 March 2018


Claudelands Event Centre
Week commencing 19 March 2018


For Hamilton-based
Otago Polytechnic
Occupational Therapy students.

Registrations open February 2018!

Hamilton Occupational Therapy Graduation

Students based in Hamilton, studying Occupational Therapy with Otago Polytechnic and WINTEC can graduate at the WINTEC Graduation Ceremony at either Claudelands or Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa.

 Registering for Graduation

You must register for graduation online via the link sent to your email address. The link will be sent to both your personal and Otago Polytechnic email address, however you only need to respond once.  When registering for graduation you will be asked to tell us: 

  • whether you will be graduating in person or in absentia
  • which ceremony you will be attending, Claudelands or Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa
  • whether you will be attending your School Pre-Graduation Function at the Gallagher Event Centre
  • about any special seating arrangements required for yourself or your guests
  • your academic dress height and head size information
 Ceremony Information

For information about the Claudelands or Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa ceremonies, please visit the Waikato Institute of Technology website here 

 Tickets for guests

Each graduand is entitled to a certain number of guest tickets to the ceremony at which they are graduating. Due to the venue change, the number of guest tickets supplied is currently being decided and will be updated soon.  This includes those graduating at Te Kōpū Mānia Mārae.

Extra tickets may also be availble for each ceremony. Extra ticket numbers will be limited and any additional tickets available will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. To apply for extra tickets please email gina.roberts@op.ac.nz.

For further information regarding guest tickets, please visit the WINTEC website here >

 Academic Dress

Students based in Hamilton, graduating with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from Otago Polytechnic and attending one of the WINTEC graduation ceremonies, wear academic dress from Otago Polytechnic.

Hiring Academic Dress

Otago Polytechnic operates a hire service for academic dress, the proceeds of which go towards cleaning and maintaining the academic dress stock. 

Academic dress will then be sent from Otago Polytechnic's Dunedin Campus to WINTEC approximately one week prior to the ceremony dates.

The charge (inclusive of GST) for hiring a set of academic dress is:

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy $62

To make your academic dress hire payment you can:

  • Call Otago Polytechnic Customer Services on 0800 762 786 to make a credit card/debit card payment over the phone
  • Email graduation@op.ac.nz with your credit/debit card information including:

- Card number

- Card expiry date

- Card holder name

If you have not registered for graduation in the required timeframe you will not be able to hire a gown or attend the ceremony.
Cancellations should be reported promptly to Otago Polytechnic's Customer Services Graduation Team graduation@op.ac.nz at least five days prior to graduation. Cancelled orders will be fully refunded by cheque. The processing of refunds takes approximately 14 days.

Replacement costs will be charged for any lost, damaged or soiled items of academic dress. The replacement value of a full set of Otago Polytechnic academic dress is $1000.00. It is the graduating student’s responsibility for the safe and prompt return of academic dress.

About Otago Polytechnic Academic Dress

The academic dress worn at Otago Polytechnic was designed in 1994 by third year students of the Otago Polytechnic Diploma in Fashion and Design course. By taking a Scottish style bachelor's gown as inspiration, the designers maintained the traditional Celtic link with Dunedin, while adapting the unique colours and motif from the Otago Polytechnic shield. By combining these two influences, the students established an appropriately traditional but unique and very distinctive look.

What you need

Bachelor Degree: wears a navy gown with gold edging, gold facing, navy and gold hood and a navy trencher. You must attend the ceremony wearing the correct academic dress.


Bachelors' graduands carry their trencher in their left hand. Once capped and having received their award, they then put their trencher on their head and continue walking across the stage.