The Ceremony will take approximately two hours. As a sign of respect to those graduating, please make sure that you and your guests remain seated until the end of the Ceremony.


Order of Ceremony

  • Karanga
  • Haka Powhiri
  • Procession

Guests stand as the official party, academic staff and graduands enter the Great Hall

  • Karakia Whakapumau
  • Welcome Speech
  • Guest Speaker
  • Conferment of Qualifications
  • Student Speaker
  • Special Awards
  • Karakia Whakakapi
  • Guests stand as the graduates, academic staff and official party leave the Great Hall


  • Following the Ceremony, light refreshments will be served to you and your guests.

Procedure for Conferment of Qualifications

  • Programme cohorts line up near the stage in alphabetical order 
  • When it is your turn, you will be announced by your full name as it appears on official WelTec and Whitireia documents 
  • Walk across the stage to have your qualification conferred 
  • If you are receiving a Degree, the ceremonial trencher will be held over your head and you will be instructed to put your trencher on your head. A photograph will then be taken. 
  • Walk across the stage to your academic/programme leader who will hand you your qualification 
  • Leave the stage and return to your seat