Ceremony dates

September Graduation Celebrations

Due to the continuation of COVID-19 Alert level 2 in the South Island, the UC Graduation Celebration ceremony and all associated events scheduled to take place in Christchurch on Tuesday 1 September, has been postponed until Monday 14 December 2020. 

December Graduation

Due to unexpectedly high numbers of applications for the December Graduation ceremonies, two additional ceremonies have been added and changes to the existing ceremony programmes have been made.

Graduates from the College of Engineering will now attend an afternoon ceremony, with a start time  of 2pm, on Thursday the 17th of December. Graduates from the School of Law, and Health and Human Development will attend an evening ceremony with a start time of 6pm on Wednesday the 16th of December. 

If you are graduating with a double degree in Law / Criminal Justice and Arts, you can elect instead to graduate at the Arts ceremony, which will be held on the 18th of December at 2pm. Please let the Graduation office know as soon as possible if this is your preference. Please note that those students graduating with a double degree in Law and Commerce must attend the evening ceremony.

An email has been sent to affected students who have already applied to graduate; please see this for further information.

There are seven Graduation Ceremonies held in Christchurch each year.

Celebration ceremony times:

14 December Celebration (postponed from September 1)Time Who
Morning Celebration ceremony 10.00am All PhDs, College of Arts, College of Engineering
Afternoon Celebration ceremony 2.00pm College of Science, College of Business and Law, College of Education, Health and Human Development

December Graduation ceremony times

Dates for December 2020 CeremoniesTime College 
Wednesday 16 December 2020 10.00am Education (Education and Teaching)
  2.00pm Business 
  6.00pm Law, and Health and Human Development*
Thursday 17 December 2020 2.00pm Engineering
Friday 18 December 2020 10.00am Science 
  2.00pm Arts



 Rotorua: Wednesday 9 December.

Dates for April 2021 CeremoniesTime College 
Wednesday 14 April 2021 - To be confirmed
  - To be confirmed
Friday 16 April 2021 - To be confirmed

 *Health Science, Clinical Teaching, Counselling, Palliative Care, Child and Family Psychology, Physical Education, Sports Coaching, Sports Science