The University of Waikato will be holding its first graduation at the new Tauranga campus on 7 June 2019, and at the same time will be launching a new style of graduation ceremony.

Graduation is time of celebration for universities, graduating students and their families, and an important acknowledgement of the hard work that goes into completing a degree. The graduation ceremonies themselves are usually 2-3 hours long can be a lengthy experience for the audience,  who are usually there to see only one or two students cross the stage.

This June, Tauranga graduates will be treated to a day of celebration in Te Manawaroa on the first floor of the new building. Food and drink will be served to guests throughout the day, and there will be the opportunity to take photos and share memories with fellow graduates and staff. The individual graduation ceremonies will be no longer than 45 minutes – a more intimate experience, but retaining the ceremonial style and feel.

Each graduand can bring three guests into the ceremony itself, and other guests will be able to watch the livestream on a big screen in Te Manawaroa.

The Tauranga community is invited to celebrate with the graduates, during the city procession. This starts at Red Square on Spring St, and moves through the CBD to the new campus. The start time is 11am (weather dependent).

This new style of graduation will eventually be rolled out to Hamilton graduation ceremonies as well, when the new Pā complex is complete.

Congratulations to our first Tauranga students to graduate in our new campus. We look forward to celebrating with you on 7 June.

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