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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

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.

Final week – applying to graduate December 2018

Students who are eligible to graduate as a result of their 2018 exams can apply online to graduate through myUC.

Applications for the December 2018 ceremonies are open from 1–31 August 2018,  this Friday.

Students can apply for the December ceremonies in anticipation of passing their remaining courses required in Semester 2, 2018. Applications for the April 2019 ceremonies will open in February 2019. 

Please note that applications to graduate at a ceremony must be submitted by the required date or applicants will miss the ceremony. 

Students can also apply to graduate in absentia and receive their diploma by mail.

If you need more information about graduation, please visit the graduation webpage or contact graduation@canterbury.ac.nz


UC launches digital academic documents with My eQuals

Graduating students and alumni can now get certified digital copies of their transcripts, degree certificates and official letters through a secure cloud-based system, My eQuals. Over 500 graduates have already accessed their documents through this internationally recognised system, developed by a consortium of Australasian universities.

The digital documents are marked as certified by UC, and can be securely shared with third parties such as employers and other universities. Find out more here.

 What is My eQuals?

The My eQuals project was delivered by the Student First Programme, and is an important part of our work to transform the student administration experience at all stages of the student journey right through to graduation. It provides another convenient digital service for students that’s responsive to their needs, will reduce manual workload for staff, and the cost and paper associated with printing hard copy records.

Who else is using the system?

UC joins 20+ other Australasian universities using the My eQuals system, including AUT, The University of Auckland and the University of Otago. My eQuals is also being used by a growing global network of higher education institutions committed to creating a more globally mobile student and graduate experience through easy online sharing of credentials.

Who can use it and what are the costs?

Students graduating after July 12, 2018 will get a certified digital copy of their testamur (degree certificate) and transcript at no cost, as well as the usual physical copy at their ceremony. Other students and alumni will need to pay a one-off fee for access, and hard copies are still available for those who require them. More information is on the Transcript webpage here.

For questions about digital documents on My eQuals, contact transcript@canterbury.ac.nz.

Congratulations Rachel Collins

We congratulate another staff member on their graduation – Team Leader UC Logistics Rachel Collins, who is graduating with a Post Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership.

We ask Rachel why she chose to embark on study at UC.

Q: What motivated you to embark on this? 
A: Initially I was encouraged to take a couple of papers for professional development but I quickly decided that the completing the whole certificate would be much more fun. 

Q: Why are you interested in this area of study?
A: These courses were so relevant to my professional life and the knowledge I have gained is proving invaluable on a daily basis.

Q: What is your advice for anyone else juggling work and study?A: You need to be organised. Don’t leave assignments until the last minute and read a little every day. Never be afraid to ask for help or talk through any issues with your tutors – they are all willing to help and want  you to succeed.

Q: What does it mean to you to graduate?
A: I feel proud of my achievement and have chosen to attend graduation in person to celebrate finishing and passing. I’m looking forward to seeing others from my classes again.

I have realised it’s never too late to further one’s education. I’m grateful to the University for offering this opportunity and supporting me through my study.  As general staff it was interesting to see the University from a student perspective too and I learnt much that I brought back to the team.

Christchurch Graduation Ceremonies April 2018

Please find information below about upcoming graduation ceremonies.

  1.  General

Graduation Ceremonies will be held on 18 and 20 April 2018 in the Horncastle Arena as follows:

Wednesday 18 April 2018

10.00am  College of Engineering
 2.00pm    Colleges of Education, Health & Human Development, and Business & Law


Friday 20 April 2018

10.00am  Colleges of Arts and Science

  Council members are encouraged to attend any or all ceremonies and staff are also encouraged to attend the ceremony connected with their own Faculties.   They may of course attend any as they wish.

All University of Canterbury staff are invited to be part of the stage party and there will be ample room for those who wish to participate.

Full academic dress will be worn. Hire of this should be arranged through departmental offices.  Hired regalia may be collected on the day before Graduation from Graduate Women Canterbury at 9 Creyke Road, Ilam.  Please note that the NZFGW hold very limited stocks of Waikato PhD regalia so, where applicable, prompt ordering is advised.

Printed programmes will be provided in the Arena. All those joining the Platform Party for any ceremony are requested to inform Karen Reynolds (ext 6881) (karen.reynolds@canterbury.ac.nz) that they intend to be present, not later than 4.30pm on Monday 9 April. Staff are reminded that seats will not be available unless there is prior notification.

Admission for the General Seating in the Arena will be by ticket only.  Members of Council and Staff requiring ticket(s) for a family member or friend for any Ceremony should advise Karen (Ext. 6881) not later than 4.30pm on Monday 9 April.

 In the case of staff, tickets will be forwarded by internal mail before the date of the ceremonies unless a request is received to forward them elsewhere.

  1.     Arrangements for the ceremonies at 10.00am on Wednesday 18 and Friday 20 April

All members of the Platform party are requested to assemble near the sign-posted area on Twigger Street, directly down the path from the main entrance to the arena, by 9.20am.

Arrangements for the ceremony at 2.00pm on Wednesday 18 April

All members of the Platform Party are requested to assemble near the sign-posted area on Twigger Street, directly down the path from the main entrance to the arena, by 1.20pm.

In the event of wet weather, please assemble on the landing of Stair 1 directly opposite Gate 1.

Jeff Field
University Registrar | Pouroki