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Students attending the graduation ceremony

A highlight of the UCOL Te Pūkenga calendar is commemorating the achievements of our students at hui whakapūmau (graduation). Everyone who is involved in our students' study journey - from lecturers to whānau - gathers together for what is a formal and enjoyable occasion.

Dates and locations for our 2024 graduations are as follows:

Manawatū, Palmerston North (Regent on Broadway):
Tuesday, 19 March 2024: All Certificates and Diplomas
Wednesday, 20 March 2024: Degrees

Horowhenua, Levin (Focal Point Cinema):
Monday, 25 March 2024

Wairarapa, Masterton (Carterton Events Centre):
Wednesday 27 March 2024

Whanganui (War Memorial Hall):
Friday 5 April 2024

Note: As UCOL is part of Te Pūkenga, learners who begin studying with us from 2023 onwards will be awarded Te Pūkenga certification when they graduate.


Manawatū – Photography by Brendon Lodge

Wairarapa – TBC

Horowhenua – Photography by UCOL photographer

  • Ceremony photos available of graduands receiving their qualifications.
  • Casual photos available after the ceremony.
    Photos will be made available for download afterwards. No pre-booking or payment is required.

Whanganui – TBC

Apply to Graduate
All UCOL Te Pūkenga ākonga can graduate in person at a UCOL Te Pūkenga Graduation Ceremony, in absentia or per the arrangements made by the graduation committee based on the circumstances.

If you are eligible to graduate, we will send an email to help you apply. Please ensure your contact details with us are updated before December 2023. Once you have applied, you will receive a graduation pack with everything you need to know about the graduation.

Hiring Regalia
For graduands with a diploma or degree, academic regalia is required. For graduands with a certificate, academic regalia is optional. In addition, Māori graduands may wear a Korowai over their gown. Academic regalia needs to be ordered by 23 February 2024. You can order it here.

It is your special day, and you are welcome to bring your whānau, friends or supporters to your graduation ceremony. There will be a limitation on the number of guests you can bring – we will inform you of this closer to the graduation dates.

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