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On the day

Find out about what to expect on graduation day.

On the day

Find out about what to expect on graduation day.

Graduating in person is an exciting and well-deserved experience filled with tradition and pride.


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The procession

Each ceremony will be preceded by a procession from the Arts Centre to the Christchurch Town Hall.

View the Christchurch Town Hall location on Google Maps.


Wet weather

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:

•  9.10am for the morning ceremony (with all guests seated by 10.00am)
• 1.10pm 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

During the ceremony

Each graduation ceremony is between one and a half and two hours in duration.

The ceremony will begin with a fanfare. The academic procession will enter the stadium 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.


The Pōwhiri

Both ceremonies will begin with a pōwhiri (welcome ceremony). The PhD graduands will enter the stadium 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 degree 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 conclusion of the ceremony

At the end of the presentations, the Chancellor will call all present to rise and sing two verses of the National Anthem (one in Te Reo Maori and one in English).

The ceremony concludes with the singing of Gaudeamus.

The academic procession then leaves the stadium, followed by the graduates and diplomates.

The audience should remain standing until the graduates and diplomates have left the stadium.

Refreshments will be available on the University campus at the conclusion of each ceremony.

Graduation is an important and memorable occasion for everyone involved, and one in which all attending should share the achievements of Lincoln University’s students.

Graduands and diplomates are expected to take part in all the proceedings and to remain in the stadium throughout the ceremony.

Please impress on your guests they must wait until the ceremony has finished before they leave in order to avoid any disruption during the ceremony.


Receiving more than one award

If you are eligible to receive two qualifications you have to complete an application for each, regardless of whether you are graduating 'in person' or 'in absentia'.

If you are receiving two awards you will receive them both together when you cross the stage.

Due to space constraints at the venue, if you are receiving two awards across two ceremonies, you must choose which ceremony to attend.