The Ceremony will take approximately two hours.  As a sign of respect for 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 auditorium
  • Karakia Whakapumau
  • Welcome Speech
  • Guest Speaker
  • Conferment of Qualifications
  • Student Speaker
  • Closure
  • Karakia Whakakapi
  • Conclusion
    Guests stand as the graduates, academic staff and official party leave the auditorium


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