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2020 graduation ceremony rescheduled

The 2020 Graduation Ceremony, cancelled for 24 April and 8 October 2020 due to COVID, has been rescheduled for Thursday 13 May 2021.

2020 graduation ceremony rescheduled

The 2020 Graduation Ceremony, cancelled for 24 April and 8 October 2020 due to COVID, has been rescheduled for Thursday 13 May 2021.

The 2020 Graduation Ceremony, cancelled for 24 April and 8 October 2020, has been rescheduled for Thursday 13 May 2021. Please put this date in your diary and let your whānau know.


The event will mark the achievements of the 2020 graduate cohort. More information on the ceremony event to be held on 13 May 2021 will be provided, the format will be as planned for the 24 April graduation. The graduation office will re-check your RSVP and ticket requirements for the ceremony event closer to the time. Here you will be individually recognised and honoured by name as you walk across the stage.


To make the most of your day, and for details on the professional photographer and frames, please see our tips and advice page.


Regalia Hire through GWC Regalia

* IMPORTANT: Please download the guide to selecting and ordering the correct regalia (pdf) for your qualification so that you know what regalia to order with GWC.


* Please order and pay for your regalia through GWC’s ordering system www.gwcregaliahire.nz– use the pdf guide to help you complete the form.


* Times for collecting and returning regalia from GWC premises will be confirmed before the event – usually collection is the day before, and return is following the ceremony. Due to the back to back ceremonies planned for 2021 (Thursday 13 for 2020 cohort, and Friday 14 for 2021 cohort) the collection and return plan has yet to be confirmed.


* GWC Regalia Hire is located on the University of Canterbury Dovedale Campus, on the northwest corner of the campus on Dovedale Avenue between Rutherglen Ave and Solway Ave

View the location on google maps.


If you hired regalia to take photographs on 9 October 2020 you will be able to rehire the same regalia to wear to the ceremony on 13 May 2021 at no charge.


If you have any questions about or issues with payment methods, or special pickup requirements (ie someone to collect on your behalf), please contact GWC Regalia directly: Phone: +64 3 369 0604 | Email: info@gwcregaliahire.nz



Frequently Asked Questions


If I was meant to graduate at the ceremony on 24 April have I graduated?

Yes, all qualifications were conferred as planned on 24 April 2020, if you were confirmed as graduating at the ceremony on 24 April 2020 the University has officially conferred your qualification and you have graduated. Hard copy parchments have been mailed to graduands, with digitally certified transcripts and parchments issued in My eQuals.


What will happen at the ceremony planned for Thursday 13 May 2021?

The event will mark the achievements of the 2020 graduate cohort, the format will be as planned for the 24 April graduation. There will be a procession prior to the ceremony and you will be individually recognised and honoured by name as you walk across the stage. The traditional photograph taken onstage at the moment that the Chancellor ‘caps’ each graduate and shakes hands will be exactly the same as usual. The only difference will be that you will not be given your parchment as you depart the stage.

The graduation office will re-check your RSVP and ticket requirements for the ceremony event closer to the time.


What should I do if I have not received my hardcopy parchment?

If you have not yet received your parchment please contact graduation@lincoln.ac.nz. The parchments were not dispatched without you first confirming your address was correct. Apologies if for whatever reason the emails have not connected as they should, please email with your address and we will dispatch immediately.


Do I have to attend the ceremony to graduate?

No, your qualification has been officially awarded to you. Every year, some students apply to graduate “in absentia” or “by Council”, which means they are awarded their qualification without attending the ceremony.


I hired regalia for the photo afternoon on 9 October 2020 – do I have to pay again?

No, if you hired regalia to take photographs on 9 October 2020 you will be able to rehire the same regalia to wear to the ceremony on 13 May 2021 at no charge. GWC Regalia has a list of your names and will match you up for the ceremony from our RSVP attending list.


I have further questions. Who should I contact?

Email graduation@lincoln.ac.nz. If you are a graduate, please include your student number in the subject line.