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April Graduation volunteers required

Volunteers are required to assist with the April graduation ceremonies at the Town Hall.   Roles available are either as an usher or a banner bearer.

The programme is:

Tuesday, 7 April

Morning:    College of Engineering

Afternoon: Colleges of Business & Law and Education, Health & Human Development

Thursday, 9 April

Morning: Colleges of Arts and Science

If you wish to share in what is one of the most enjoyable occasions of the academic year please contact:

Barbara Albertson 
Records, Examinations and Graduation

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.

Important Graduation update – city street processions cancelled

UC has decided to cancel the city street processions for the upcoming April Graduation following advice from the police. The Graduation ceremonies will continue as planned. Please see the details below.

While there is no information to suggest a specific risk to our graduands and attendees, UC takes the safety and wellbeing of all students and staff seriously. The events of 15 March have had a deep impact on our community and UC will continue to work with police as appropriate for future Graduation ceremonies.

On the day

Graduands
Congregate in the Limes Room by 9.00am (morning ceremonies) and 1.00pm (afternoon ceremony).  

Staff party
Arrive by 9.20am (morning ceremonies) and 1.20pm (afternoon ceremony) at the Kilmore Room (mezzanine above the foyer).

VIP guests
Arrive by 9.30am (morning ceremonies) and 1.30pm (afternoon ceremony) at the Kilmore Room (mezzanine above the foyer).

Graduand guests/ticket holders
The auditorium doors will open at 9am (morning ceremonies) and 1pm (afternoon ceremony) and graduands guests/ticket holders need to be seated by 9.20am and 1.20pm. Doors will stay open until 9.40am and 1.40pm. No one will be let in in whilst the stage party and graduands are processing in and on to the stage or during the National Anthem.