Graduation at the Claudelands Events Centre

Claudelands Events Center


Public Parking is available at the Claudelands Events Centre at a cost of $5.00. Further details on parking will be included in the graduation information pack sent to graduands.

Graduation Procedure

All graduands are asked to make their way to the ground foyer at the Northern side of the Heaphy Terrace entrance to the Claudelands Events Centre. From there you will be directed down to the exhibition halls for the event registration.

You should arrive 60 minutes before your ceremony is due to commence. Please leave all coats and other personal belongings with friends or family.

When you arrive at the registration and marshalling area there will be a number of boards in the area with marshalling lists on them. It is important that you look up your name, which will be listed in alphabetical order under the qualification you are receiving. Next to your name will be a letter and a number. This letter and number is your graduation number. The graduation number refers to the order in which you will go on to the stage to have your qualification conferred. It is important you find your graduation number as soon as you arrive at the marshalling area as it will assist you to find your correct place in the marshalling lines. Student Marshals will be there to help you.

Ten minutes before the ceremony is due to commence, the graduand procession will be led from the marshalling area and proceed to the entrance of the Claudelands Event Centre.

Marshals will advise when to enter and will guide graduands to their places in the reserved section. Graduands should remain standing until all members of the procession have reached their seats. Everyone will then be seated.

At the conclusion of the opening speeches you will be asked to stand as a collective group.The Chancellor will then say "I Chancellor of the University of Waikato by virtue of the authority vested in me, do now confer the following degrees and award the diplomas and certificates to the candidates here today and those listed in the programme but not in attendance".  You will then place your trencher on your head.

Student Marshals will lead each row (in strict numerical order) to the steps at the foot of the stage on the left-hand side of the arena at the appropriate time during the ceremony. The graduands will be announced for each specific qualification (e.g. to the Degree of Bachelor of Arts).

When your name is called, cross to the centre of the stage to the Chancellor and shake hands. As a graduate you will then walk across the stage to the Vice-Chancellor/Dean to be presented with your certificate and have your photograph taken. Proceed down the stairs and return to your seat.

At the conclusion of the ceremony a student marshal will indicate to you when you are to process out of the arena.

Additional Tickets

All graduands at the Claudelands Events Centre are allocated two guest passes free of charge. You are welcome to purchase additional tickets from Ticketek if you have more than two guests attending. Graduands themselves do not require a ticket.


All graduating students and their guests are invited to an informal social gathering after each of the ceremonies. Light refreshments will be served offering an opportunity to mingle with academic staff and other graduates. There is no admission fee.