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A highlight of the UCOL calendar is commemorating the achievements of our students at Graduation. Everyone who is involved in our students' study journey - from lecturers to whānau, gather together for what is a formal and enjoyable occasion.

Graduation Ceremony 2020

Manawatū - 17 Mar, 1:30 pm at the Regent on Broadway (Ceremony for all Certificate programme graduands)
Manawatū - 18 Mar, 1:30 pm at the Regent on Broadway (Ceremony for all Degree and Diploma programme graduands)
Whanganui - 19 Mar, 1:00 pm at the Royal Wanganui Opera House
Horowhenua - 23 Mar, 1:30 pm at the Horowhenua District Council – Civic Area
Wairarapa - 26 Mar, 1:30 pm at the Carterton Events Centre

Here's a snapshot of the 2019 Graduation ceremonies in Palmerston North, Whanganui, Masterton and Levin.


Apply to graduate

If you are eligible to graduate (as a result of completing your programme at UCOL) you will be sent an email to help you apply. Once you have applied we will send you a graduation pack in January/February with everything you need to know about the Ceremony.

For all graduands, academic regalia is required. In Palmerston North this is available from Academic Dress Hire. A Korowai may be worn by Māori graduands over their gown.

Graduation booklet

Family and friends will be able to purchase their own copies of the Graduation booklet for a $2 gold coin donation an hour before each ceremony at the ceremony venue. Proceeds of the sale go to the student hardship fund. EFTPOS will be available.

Academic Records

Your academic record will be sent to you on completion of your programme. If you have any questions, contact Academic Records on (06) 952 7001 extn 70771, or email

Graduation Gifts and Souvenirs

UCOL banner imageGraduation gifts and souvenirs will be available for sale at each ceremony. We have:

- Bears
- Certificate frames
- T-shirts
- Hoodies
- Eco friendly coffee cups
- Drink bottles
- Graduation booklets

Cash and EFTPOS are available.