The Graduation Ceremony
Lincoln University holds two graduation ceremonies - held on the same day in the Christchurch Town Hall
The morning ceremony is for Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce graduands and the one in the afternoon is for graduands of the Faculties of Environment, Society and Design and Agriculture and Life Sciences. Both are held at the Christchurch Town Hall.
Each ceremony runs for approximately one and a half to two hours and is preceded by a procession from the Christchurch Art Gallery to the Christchurch Town Hall.
Check the following to see if you will be graduating in the morning or afternoon ceremony.
If you are receiving two or more qualifications you will have all of your qualifications announced when you cross the stage at graduation, and you will receive all your parchments at the same time.
If you are graduating with more than one qualification, and they are listed under different ceremonies (i.e. one in the morning and one in the afternoon) the graduation office will let you know closer to the ceremony date and which ceremony you will attend to receive both qualifications together.
Please contact the graduation office if you have a preference or want to confirm so that you can make plans for the big day with your friends and family.
If you are uncertain which graduation ceremony will include your qualification, please email [email protected] to confirm this.
Procession marshalling begins at 9am, the procession departs at 9.20am and and the ceremony begins at 10am. The ceremony then runs for approximately 1.5 hours.
This ceremony includes all qualifications from the Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce.
Procession marshalling begins at 1pm, the procession departs at 1.20pm and and the ceremony begins at 2pm. The ceremony then runs for approximately 1.5 hours.
This ceremony includes all qualifications from the Faculty of Environment, Society and Design and the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
If you attend the graduation ceremony you must wear regalia (academic dress) – you will look great. There is no set dress code for the day, but most graduands and guests choose to wear smart, semi-formal day wear.
If you are not wearing academic dress (regalia) you will not be allowed to join the procession into the graduation ceremony. Your qualification will therefore be conferred in absentia.
Graduands will wear the regalia appropriate to the qualification being awarded.
- Diploma in Agriculture, Diploma in Farm Management, Diploma in Horticulture and Diploma in Horticultural Management recipients will wear the undergraduate diploma gown.
- Those who will be receiving an undergraduate Diploma will wear the black gown.
- Those receiving a Degree or Masters will wear the black gown, the appropriate hood for their qualification and a trencher with tassel.
- Graduate and Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate recipients will wear a gown, trencher with tassel, and a Lincoln University grey hood.
- Doctoral recipients will wear the PhD gown, a black bonnet and a hood of ultramarine and Indian yellow.
Regalia (academic dress)
You will hire your regalia for the Graduation Ceremony directly from GWC Regalia Hire.
Lincoln University will supply GWC Regalia Hire with a list of names and qualifications of everyone who applies to graduate at the ceremony.
When you submit your hire form to GWC Regalia Hire they will match your details to the list Lincoln has supplied and determine the correct regalia for the qualification you are graduating with.
The cost will depend on how many items you need to hire for your qualification. For May 2021 the GWC Regalia Hire costs were: $20 for the trencher (hat); $20 for the hood and $40 for the gown. Please check their website for the current hire cost.
Profits from this service go towards providing scholarships, grants, awards and prizes for students of Canterbury and Lincoln universities, Ara Institute of Canterbury and Summer Studentships for the University of Otago – Christchurch School of Medicine.
Times for collecting and returning regalia from GWC premises will be confirmed before the event. Collection is usually the day before from 8am – 7pm, and return is after the ceremony before 7pm.
If you have any questions about or issues with payment methods, or special pickup requirements (i.e. someone to collect on your behalf), please contact GWC Regalia directly by phone: +64 3 369 0604 or email: [email protected].
If you are receiving two qualifications you need only hire one set of regalia. You will not have time to change your regalia on the day during the ceremony. You will typically wear the regalia for the higher qualification you will be receiving.
Please email [email protected] you have questions or concerns.
Please check the information on GWC Regalia’s Frequently Asked Questions. You will also be given further information once you have placed your order.
GWC Regalia Hire is located on the University of Canterbury Dovedale Campus, on the northwest corner of the campus (in the old music block building), located on Dovedale Avenue between Rutherglen Ave and Solway Ave. It is easy to find and you can see the signage for GWC Regalia Hire from Dovedale Avenue.
The best campus car park is Car Park 2, and there is good off street parking.
Graduation is a formal celebration of your academic achievement so please dress appropriately. Photos taken on the day of yourself with family and friends will be a precious memento of this occasion and looked at in many years to come.
There is no set dress code but most graduands and guests choose to wear smart, semi-formal day wear with their regalia. Dress to your comfort level and layers are key. May in Canterbury could mean anything from a bright sunny day to rain with a cold wind.
Graduation gowns do not have pockets so please arrange for someone to carry items for you (e.g., wallet, camera, keys, mobile phone).
Please wear smart but comfortable shoes. You will be doing a lot of walking and standing, and you will need to go up and down stairs when you cross the stage to receive your award. If you are planning to wear heels please consider a low heel, and this is not the day to break in new shoes. Sneakers are not appropriate footwear.
The wearing of the gown is straightforward, it is left open in front to show your clothes beneath – best to avoid slippery fabrics.
The hood can be difficult to keep in place. It is held in position by a neckband that joins the two sides together at the neck. The neckband V is anchored mid-chest to a button under your tie or held by a pin. The hood is draped correctly when the coloured lining is showing on the left shoulder and covered on the right shoulder.
Embellishing with garments of honour from your cultural tradition, such as a tribal or family korowai, ta’ovala or corsage is perfectly acceptable. The korowai is worn over the gown and beneath the academic hood.
|Bachelor of Agriculture, Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons), Master of Agricultural Science||Emerald green|
|Master of Horticultural Science||Pea green|
|Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Hons), Master of Applied Science, Master of Science, Master of Science in Food Innovation, Master of Science in Plant Breeding, Master of Pest Management, and Master of Water Resource Management||Ultramarine|
|Bachelor of Agribusiness and Food Marketing, Agriculture and Professional Accounting, Commerce, and Commerce with Honours; Master of Business in Accounting and Finance, Master of Business in Finance, Master of Business in Global Management and Marketing, Master of Commerce and Management, Master of Management in Agribusiness, Master of Management in Agricultural Systems, Master of International Rural Development (Agribusiness, Economics or Finance), and Master of Fintech and Investment Management and Master of Professional Accounting (CPA)||Indian yellow|
|Bachelor of Commerce (Ag), Master of Commerce (Ag), Bachelor of Commerce (VPM), Bachelor of Commerce (T&L), Bachelor of Commerce (H&IM), Bachelor of Commerce (Forestry), Bachelor of Commerce (Food Industry), Master of Property Studies, Master of Professional Studies||Spectrum orange|
|Bachelor of Sports and Recreation Management, Bachelor of Sports and Recreation Management (Hons), Master of Sports and Recreation Management||Neyron rose|
|Bachelor of Tourism Management, Bachelor of Tourism Management (Hons), Master of Tourism Management||Dusty pink|
|Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Hons), Master of Landscape Architecture||Chartreuse yellow|
|Bachelor of Environmental Management, Bachelor of Environmental Management and Policy, Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Planning (Hons), Master of Resource Studies||Mauve|
|Master of International Rural Development - Tourism specialisation||Mauve|
|Master of International Rural Development - Agribusiness, Economics or Finance specialisations||Indian yellow|
|Master of Natural Resource Management and Environmental Engineering||Violet|
|Bachelor of Software and Information Technology, Bachelor of Software and Information Technology (Hons), Master of Software and Information Technology||Turquiose|
|Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Social Science (Hons), Master of Social Science||Cherry red|
|Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology, Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology (Hons)||Champagne|
|PhD||Ultramarine and Indian yellow|
|Undergraduate Diploma||Black gown or black gown with emerald green facings|
|Postgraduate Diploma and Certificates||Lincoln grey|
The practice of wearing academic dress (regalia) at formal university events is a historic link to the medieval origins of the university and academic life.
In keeping with English universities, those in New Zealand have a system of academic dress or regalia which is worn by graduates to indicate their degree.
The hiring of academic dress is a voluntary service provided by Graduate Women Canterbury (GWC) who own and maintain the regalia for Lincoln ceremonies. Graduate Women International is a network of women graduates founded in 1921. There are over 50 countries represented with a membership of around 250,000, and consultative status with UN bodies. The purpose of Graduate Women International is to promote understanding, friendship and cooperation among women graduates; to further the development of education; to encourage research work by women graduates.
What to expect on they day
Well done! You should be really proud of yourself and what you’ve accomplished, so it is well worth celebrating. Graduating in person is an exciting and well-deserved experience filled with tradition and pride.
Each ceremony will be preceded by a procession from the Christchurch Art Gallery to the Christchurch Town Hall. It takes about eight minutes to walk the procession route.
It is important to be at the Christchurch Art Gallery in good time to register for the procession (this is when you are given your seat number, which is the order in which you will cross the stage at the Town Hall).
- Please be there by 9.00 am for the morning ceremony
- Please be there by 1.00 pm for the afternoon ceremony
If you don’t want to walk in the procession, please go straight to the Town Hall for the same registration time, and go to the Ticketek booth in the main foyer so we can note your attendance and provide you with your seat number.
What happens if it's raining?
In the event of wet weather, there will be no procession and all graduands should go directly to the Christchurch Town Hall.
If there is no procession due to wet weather graduates should be at the Town Hall by:
- 9.10 am for the morning ceremony (with all guests seated by 10.00am)
- 1.10 pm for the afternoon ceremony (with all guests seated by 2.00pm).
If it is wet on the day, please check the Lincoln Facebook page to see if the procession has been cancelled due to the weather.
- For the MORNING ceremony – please check from 7.30am
- For the AFTERNOON ceremony – please check from 11.15am.
How long is the ceremony?
Each graduation ceremony is between one and a half and two hours in duration.
Please let your guests know they need to wait until the ceremony has finished before they leave in order to avoid any disruption during the ceremony.
What happens during the ceremony?
The ceremony will begin with a fanfare. The academic procession will enter the auditorium led by the Esquire Bedel who carries the University mace.
The Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Council members and academic staff make up the academic procession, all wearing academic regalia.
All those graduating rise and remain standing until the mace is in place and the Chancellor gives the signal to sit.
As they stand, all those graduating remove their trenchers or bonnets and should not replace them until their award has been conferred.
Both ceremonies will begin with a pōwhiri (welcome ceremony). The PhD graduands will enter the auditorium after the academic procession is seated. There will then be a whakatuwheratanga (a speech of blessing). This will be followed by a waiata (song). During the singing, the pounamu (greenstone carving) will be presented to the Chancellor by one of the graduands.
The presentation of awards
The Chancellor of Lincoln University presides over the ceremony. He will welcome guests and graduands, confer the degrees and award the diplomas and certificates.
As the name of the degree, diploma or certificate is called, recipients of that award should rise, one row at a time, and prepare to proceed to the stage as directed by the marshals.
As you reach the side of the stage, a Graduation Officer will check your name and give you a tap on the shoulder to indicate you should proceed up the stairs.
You walk to the centre of the stage, where the Chancellor will be standing, for the degree to be conferred or the postgraduate/graduate diploma/certificate or diploma to be awarded.
If there is no trencher (hat) as part of your regalia the Chancellor will shake your hand. If the trencher (hat) is part of your regalia the Chancellor will first ‘cap’ you by placing a trencher on your head and then shake your hand (you are then free to put on your own trencher).
You will then walk to the Vice-Chancellor who will hand you your parchment and shake your hand, before you go down the stairs in the centre of the stage and return to your seat as directed by the marshals.
Your trencher or bonnet is worn throughout the remainder of the ceremony, except during the singing of the National Anthem.
Honorary degrees and medals
Any honorary degrees or medals, such as the Bledisloe Medal and Lincoln University International Alumni Medal, will be presented during the ceremonies.
The ceremony conclusion
At the end of the presentations, the Chancellor will call all present to rise and sing two verses of the National Anthem.
The ceremony concludes with the singing of Gaudeamus.
The academic procession then leaves the auditorium, followed by the graduates and diplomates.
The audience should remain standing until the graduates and diplomates have left the auditorium.
Light refreshments will be available in the downstairs foyer at the conclusion of each ceremony.
Graduands and diplomates are expected to remain in the auditorium throughout the ceremony.
Advice and Tips
The morning ceremony commences at 10.00am - guests with tickets must be seated by 9.50am.
The afternoon ceremony commences at 2.00pm - guests with tickets must be seated by 1.50pm.
Should there be available seats in the auditorium, guests without tickets will be permitted in at 9.55 am and 1.55 pm. No one will be let in whilst the stage party and graduands are processing in and on to the stage, or during the National Anthem.
You do not need a ticket for yourself. Tickets are ordered as part of the graduation application process. Guest tickets are posted out two weeks before the Ceremony date. Your tickets will be sent to the address you selected in your application, unless you choose to collect your tickets in person. You can have a friend or family member collect your tickets on your behalf – please email [email protected] with their name so we can add it to the front of the envelope.
If you choose to collect your tickets they will be held at the University main reception desk, George Forbes, for pickup anytime in the fortnight prior to graduation. On the day of graduation your tickets will be taken to the Town Hall venue and can be collected from the Ticketek desk on the ground floor in the main foyer.
Tickets will not be sent to an international address as they will not arrive in time for you. If you only have an international address your tickets will be held for collection.
How many graduation guest tickets can I have?
Graduands may request up to 4 tickets (limit is 4 tickets per graduand). You do not need a ticket for yourself.
How do I request extra tickets? (Deadline 1 March)
You can request extra tickets by the deadline of 1 March by forwarding your submit confirmation email to [email protected] and noting the number of extra tickets you require. Every effort will be made to accommodate your request but it will depend on overall numbers at the venue.
You will receive an email prior to the graduation date to confirm the extra tickets requested (i.e.: in addition to your 4 tickets) are confirmed for you. There is no cost associated with the tickets.
What do I do if I can’t get as many extra tickets as I would like?
Should there be available seats in the auditorium, guests without tickets will be permitted in at 9.55 am for the morning ceremony and 1.55 pm for the afternoon ceremony.
No one will be let in whilst the stage party and graduands are processing in and on to the stage, or during the National Anthem.
Guests with tickets to the morning ceremony must be seated by 9.50am.
Guests with tickets to the afternoon ceremony must be seated by 1.50pm.
The Ceremony is live streamed and will remain available after graduation to view on the Lincoln University website.
If you have young children who will not enjoy being seated for up to two hours in a formal ceremony, arranging for a friend or family member to babysit them is a great option. All guests, including children of any age, will require a ticket to the ceremony. Please consider that family members who need to take upset children out of the venue may well miss your important moment.
If you need to make arrangements for mobility-impaired family members please email [email protected] before the event so we can advise on options or organise support.
View car parking options near the Christchurch Town Hall. Please allow yourself and your guests plenty of time to arrive.
Dress to your comfort level and layers are key. May weather in Canterbury can mean anything from a bright sunny day to rain with a cold wind.
Graduation gowns do not have pockets so please arrange for someone to carry items for you (e.g. wallet and mobile).
Linton Photography have been appointed the official photographer, they are a local company with experience in a wide range of event photography, including graduations.
On stage photos
Every award recipient will be photographed as they are presented with their award on stage. These photographs are available for purchase, and there are a number of print sizes and options available.
Onstage photographs may be ordered directly with Linton Photography. Photos can be viewed on their website.
Portrait sessions are available at a number of times and locations and there are a range of packages and session options. There are also special deals only available for sessions photographed in the two weeks up to and including Graduation Day.
Locations for sessions are:
- At Lincoln University: If the weather is fine sessions will be available outdoors in the vicinity of Ivey Hall, otherwise an indoor studio will be used.
- At studios set up at the Town Hall. No bookings are required but it is recommended that you do so to avoid disappointment.
- At their studio which is located at Unit 2, 16 Bernard Street in Addington, Christchurch.
Numerous package options are available. Bookings are essential at the studio and they have most regalia available, please phone and book a time that suits. Remember to book early as session times fill quickly.
Full information about portrait packages and prices will be included in a separate brochure sent out with your graduation pack, or you are welcome to call their studio.
Linton Photography are qualified professional members of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography. All their work has a full satisfaction guarantee.
Lincoln Bookshop have plenty of the graduation frames in stock and you can pop in at any time to have a look in the campus store. The frames cost $95.00 each.
Parchment sizes for framing
Degree size parchment is: 345 x 245 mm
This is the size of parchment for all Bachelor's, Master's, PhD, Diploma, Graduate Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma qualifications.
Certificate size parchment is: 297 x 210 mm
This is the size of parchment for all Graduate Certificate and Postgraduate Certificate qualifications.
Other graduation events
Other Lincoln graduation events held are the Ball, Rā Whakamana, Future Leaders and Sports Scholars graduation celebrations, and a celebration for Pasifika graduands.
Come along to the 2022 LUSA Graduation Ball and celebrate your success with friends and family! The Graduation Ball hosted by LUSA is a great chance to catch up with friends and celebrate in style.
Future Leaders and Sports Scholar graduation celebrations
Where: Stewart Foyer and Stewart 2 Lecture Theatre
When: Thursday 12 May 2022, from 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Graduating scholars of the Future Leader and Sports Scholarship programmes, and their family and friends are invited to an event to celebrate their achievements with the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and support staff.
The celebrations will include time to mingle (snacks provided) from 4pm. Presentation of certificates to each scholar and an update of current achievements, followed by group photos from 4.30pm.
Invitations to this event will be sent out in early March, if you have any questions please email [email protected].