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Palmerston North Ceremony


Dates for Palmerston North's 2017 graduation ceremonies are confirmed for Tuesday 21 March and Wednesday 22 March 2017.

If you are eligible to graduate (as a result of completing your programme at UCOL) you will need to apply to graduate and confirm your address so you are able to receive your award – whether it is via post or at a ceremony. You will be sent an application form with your academic record at the conclusion of your study. Please note that if you have any outstanding student debt (e.g. course fees, library fines), UCOL has may withhold your award until the debt has been cleared.


Ceremony Details

Information is provided to all students who have indicated on their application forms that they will be attending graduation, via graduation packs distributed in January/February. These packs also contain items such as guest tickets, academic regalia hire information, photographer information and maps. Graduands may invite a maximum of four guests to the ceremony and refreshments that follow. 

At the end of the ceremony, the official academic party and graduates exit the theatre to form a procession. Guests are invited to join in on the end of the procession which will proceed through town (weather permitting) to the UCOL Atrium for refreshments.

An official photographer will attend all ceremonies to take photos of graduates receiving their awards. For portrait packages the photographer will be available in the Atrium before and after the ceremonies. A leaflet will be enclosed within graduation packs outlining the prices and ordering information. Individuals are welcome to take photos and videos during the ceremony.


Academic Regalia

For Diploma and Degree graduands in Palmerston North, academic regalia is required. 

Academic regalia is available from Academic Dress Hire in Palmerston North; an academic regalia form will be included in graduation packs and must be returned by the date stated on the form. Please visit the UCOL Regalia Guide on the Academic Dress Hire website for more information on academic regalia requirements, e.g. hood and stole colours.  A Korowai may be worn by Māori graduands over their black Cambridge Gown. Certificate graduands in Palmerston North should wear smart casual attire. 


Academic Records

Your academic record will be sent to you on completion of your programme and will be free of charge. If you do not receive your transcript within three months of your programme completion date please let Academic Records know by emailing them at After this timeframe an additional transcript copy will cost $15.00.


For More Information

If you have any questions about Palmerston North graduation ceremonies please use the contact list below:

  • Faculty of Humanities and Business: please contact Wendy Oswin on 06 952 7067 or 06 952 7001 extension 70067 or email
  • Faculty of Health Science: please contact Suzanne Drysdale on 06 952 7001 extension 70784 or email 
  • Faculty of Trades and Technology: please contact Jen Trow on 06 952 7001 extension 70218 or email

If you have any concerns about your eligibility to graduate or your application to graduate please contact UCOL Academic Records on 06 952 7001 extn 70771. You can also talk to Academic Records or email if you are unable to attend a graduation ceremony and would like your award posted to you.