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Statement: UC April graduation ceremonies

18 March 2020

On 16 March the Ministry of Health advised that gatherings of 500 or more people should be cancelled to help limit the potential spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand.


In response to this, and due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, University of Canterbury (UC) graduation ceremonies scheduled for 7 and 9 April won’t go ahead. 

“This wasn’t an easy decision. We understand graduation is the culmination of much hard work and that this is disappointing for our graduands and their whānau, family and friends who will have been looking forward to the event,” UC Registrar Jeff Field says. 

“This decision has been made with the health and wellbeing of our graduands, staff and the wider Aotearoa community as a priority.”

UC has contacted graduands directly. Qualifications will be formally conferred in absentia on either 7 or 9 April and certificates will be posted to graduates after this date. There are also plans to hold graduation celebrations later in the year. 

“We don’t want this moment in time to pass without the chance to celebrate and recognise our graduates’ significant achievements,” Field says.

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