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Important update on December’s graduation ceremonies

It is with heavy hearts we confirm the cancellation of the University of Canterbury’s December graduation celebrations.

The University is monitoring the Covid-19 Alert Levels closely and in response, our teams worked closely with Venues Ōtautahi to ensure our graduation ceremonies incorporated event safety considerations under Covid-19 Alert Level Two, and in anticipation of the ‘Orange’ category of the incoming Covid-19 Protection Framework.

It seems however, that even the strongest plans are no match for the unknown, which include the opening of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s borders, the recent community cases in Ōtautahi Christchurch and that guidance around incoming Covid-19 restrictions is not confirmed.

This decision is reinforced by ngā uara | our values and the practice of Tiakitanga, which underpins the importance of integrity and doing what’s right while demonstrating care and protection of others. Our individual and collective safety is of utmost importance.

What does this mean for our graduating students?
Our graduands are welcome to either graduate in absentia, or they can defer their graduation until a future date, e.g., April 2022. They will be asked to contact the Graduation Office by 1 December to confirm their decision.

We appreciate this outcome will be disappointing to many, and hope you understand that ensuring the safety of our graduands, staff and the wider University of Canterbury community, including our friends and whānau, was of utmost importance in making this decision.

If you have any questions or concerns, email communications@canterbury.ac.nz.