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A highlight of the UCOL calendar is commemorating the achievements of our students at Graduation. Everyone who is involved in our students' study journey - from lecturers to whānau, gather together for what is a formal and enjoyable occasion.

This year, 1787 UCOL graduates received their qualifications at the graduation ceremonies held at Manawatū, Whanganui, Wairarapa, and Horowhenua. UCOL Chief Executive Dr Linda Sissons mentioned graduation as a great achievement, acknowledging students and staff efforts in rising to the challenges posed by the pandemic. Dr Sissons said that graduation is a highlight of the year and graduates' chance to celebrate with their family, friends, and UCOL staff.

In 2020, the Bachelor of Nursing was the largest graduating classes at UCOL's Manawatū (111 graduates), Whanganui (27), and Wairarapa (27) campuses. Meanwhile the NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care Level 4, with 24 graduates, was the biggest at UCOL Horowhenua.

The Horowhenua graduation ceremony also celebrated 55 graduates who have completed programmes delivered in partnership with Horowhenua Learning Centre (HLC).

Rising in popularity are UCOL’s Early Childhood Education programmes, which have some of the largest graduating cohorts on each campus. This year also saw the first graduating classes from the Bachelor of Applied Science (Laboratory Science) and the NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Business Pathway).

Graduation Ceremony 2022 Dates

Horowhenua - Friday 25 March 2022, at the Focal Point at 1:00pm.

Wairarapa - Monday 28 March 2022, at the Carterton Events Centre at 1:00pm.

Manawatū - Tuesday 5 April 2022, at the Regent on Broadway at 1:00pm, for all Certificate programmes and Engineering & Applied Technology Diploma graduands.

Manawatū - Wednesday 6 April 2022, at the Regent on Broadway at 1:00pm, for all all Degrees, Humanities & Business & Health & Sciences diploma graduands.

Whanganui - Friday 8 April 2022, at the Whanganui War Memorial Centre at 12:30pm.

Apply to Graduate

If you are eligible to graduate (as a result of completing your programme at UCOL you will be sent an email to help you apply. Once you have applied we will send you a graduation pack in January/February with everything you need to know about the Ceremony.

For all graduands, academic regalia is required. A Korowai may be worn by Māori graduands over their gown.

We wish you every success in the future and look forward to you keeping in touch as UCOL Alumni. Register as UCOL Alumni and follow our LinkedIn page.   

Graduation Booklet 2022 (Will be updated soon)

Family and friends of the graduates can purchase the copies of the Graduation Booklet for a gold coin donation. The proceedings of the sales goes to the student hardship fund. 

Academic Records

Your academic record will be sent to you on completion of your programme. If you have any questions, contact Academic Records on (06) 952 7001 extn 70771, or email

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