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An outstanding 2019 graduation at the Town Hall

UC returned to the newly reopened Christchurch Town Hall this week for the first time since the 2010/11 earthquakes, to celebrate the graduation of 1109 graduands over three ceremonies.

UC’s new Vice Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Professor Cheryl de la Rey and Chancellor | Tumu Kaunihera Sue McCormack presided over their first graduation in their new roles, assisted by Senior Management Team | Te Ohu Whakahaere, the Records, Examinations and Graduation team and academic staff.

Our many nationalities
UC values the diversity on our campus and has over 100 nationalities represented amongst our students. Students from 46 different countries graduated during this week’s ceremonies with the highest number of students coming from China, followed by India and Malaysia. 

Honorary Doctorate
The gifted editor and publisher Elisabeth Calder was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) at the University’s Arts and Science graduation ceremony on 18 March. Read more here >

Livestream and photos
The ceremonies were livestreamed on Facebook to enable families outside of Ōtautahi Christchurch to be part of the events and we later published an album of photos celebrating our graduands and their whanau. See the photo album here >

Graduands – making a difference
On Tuesday 16 April, the College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha, College of Business and Law | Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture, and College of Education, Health, and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora celebrated 813 qualifications, awarded to 768 graduands.

Almost 30 graduands received Doctoral Degrees, 139 received Masters Degrees and 92 graduands were international students.

On Thursday 18 April the College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata and College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao celebrated 341 graduands receiving 353 qualifications, including 21 Doctoral Degrees and 92 Masters Degrees. Of these, 35 graduands were international students and 11 graduands were Māori. 

Ongoing relationships
Graduates become part of the UC Alumni community and the University continues to celebrate their success throughout their careers. Read more here >

A long history of celebrating success
The first Canterbury College degrees were conferred in 1878 in the Canterbury Provincial Chambers with the ceremonies moving to the College Hall, now the Great Hall of the Arts Centre, after its completion in 1882. Read more here>

Looking ahead

There are seven Graduation Ceremonies held in Ōtautahi Christchurch each year, as well as one ceremony held in Rotorua for College of Education students based in the Te Ika a Maui North Island centres. End of year graduations will be held on 18 and 20 December 2019.


A reminder that nominations for the 2020 Canterbury, Cambridge and Oxford Fellowships and Grants are now open.

Nominations for visits to UC (fellowships) and visits by UC academics (grants) are due into the Erskine Programme Office by 10 May 2019.  Visits will take place during 2020.

Further information and the nomination forms can be found here>

Canterbury Fellowships and Grants are available for non-Erskine Schools/Departments being:

  • the College of Arts (excluding the Departments of Philosophy, Linguistics and NCRE);
  • The College of Education, Health and Human Development (exuding the School of Health Sciences); and
  • The School of Law.

All Schools and Departments can apply for a Cambridge and Oxford Fellowship or Grant.

If you have any questions, please contact the Erskine Programme Office at

UCMe is live!

The UCMe campaign for 2019 is now in market. 

As with previous years the campaign features our amazing UC students, however the look has evolved with the introduction of icons to help tell individual stories.

We will have a strong national outdoor presence in bus stops, bus backs and traditional and digital billboards, as well as a strong online and social media presence. The images will be also used throughout our publications and events.

Check out our new website and read their inspiring stories.

UCGo one month since launch

3,601 people have downloaded and registered for UCGo, the mobile app for students, since it launched on 11 March – that’s 20% of the student/staff population!

UCGo aims to make organising and managing day-to-day study easier for students, giving them access to student email, LEARN, their class timetable and more, from their mobile phones so they can easily access information while they’re on the go.

One month in, statistics show the average user is using UCGo daily, especially to see their class timetable (30,234 clicks) and to access LEARN (11,630 clicks) and their student email (7,225 clicks).

Positive feedback and ideas for future functionality is being provided by users through the app and you can make suggestions in the comments below. The project team is committed to making continuous improvements where possible.

Coming soon is fully integrated Ngā Puna Mātauraka o Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha |UC Library functionality allowing students to see at a glance their loans, holds and fines as well as search for titles, book rooms, renew books and cancel holds.

Staff can also download and log in to UCGo using their staff log in details. This is a great way for staff to see what is being communicated to students and also receive emergency push notifications.

Download UCGo from the App Store and Google Play now!

See frequently asked questions to understand how UC staff can use UCGo>

UCGo functions include:

  • My timetable
  • Student email
  • Library
  • Security
  • Notices from Insider’s Guide
  • Student support on campus
  • RecCentre class timetables
  • Campus maps
  • Push notifications for use in emergencies.