Pacific Graduation Celebration

Graduation December 2017

The Pacific Development Team celebrates UC Pacific Graduates at the Pasifika Graduation Celebration. During the ceremony, Pacific students who have recently graduated are acknowledged by the university and the community in a Pacific celebration for both the graduate and their family.

For dates, times, locations and to register for one of our popular events, see UC Events. You should also watch our social media pages.



Dates: Tuesday 30 August 2022

Times: 3.30pm

Venue: Engineering Core, University of Canterbury




Dates: Tuesday 13th December 2022

Times: 3.30pm

Venue: Engineering Core, University of Canterbury





Information for Pasifika Graduates

Apply for Pasifika Graduation Celebration

Applying for Pasifika Graduation is a simple process, you simply email Viane ( to let him know that you would like to be part of our Pasifika Graduation Celebration. If you do not email him, he will send you an email to check if you would like to do Pasifika Graduation when we receive notice from the General Graduation that you have applied to graduate. In your email, please include:

  1. How many complimentary tickets you would like (maximum 3, see below for more information).
  2. The delivery address for your tickets.



On confirmation, graduates are eligible for up to three complimentary tickets; one for yourself and two (2) for guests. Please confirm if you will be needing all three tickets, your correct home address (tickets will be posted), and contact details as soon as possible so that we can post you your complimentary tickets. Tickets will not be posted until you have confirmed your address. Alternatively, they can be collected from the Pacific Development Team office, Te Ao Marama on Arts Road.


Additional tickets can be purchased for $20 each from the Pacific Development Team BEFORE 12 pm on the Monday of the week of your graduation. Numbers are strictly limited, so they will work on a first in first serve basis, we therefore strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets well in advance.


Please note you must bring cash to our office to purchase additional tickets.


Arrival requirements

Graduands and graduates are required to arrive at by 3:00 pm. This allows us time to go over the presentation process with everyone, have your family photos taken and ensure you and your family are seated first before other guests arrive. Please check in at the registration desk on arrival. From here you will be given further information.


Graduation Booklet

To honour our graduates and to allow you to acknowledge your families properly, we provide all guests with a Graduate Booklet. We ask that you submit a 300 – 400 word statement that sums up your time here at UC, as well as a high-quality photo of yourself (extra photo’s may be included). You can use this as an opportunity to thank any friends or family for their support, and also to give advice to other students. You should submit your content asap but no later than two weeks BEFORE Pasifika Graduation. Due to printing requirements, we cannot guarantee that late submissions will be included. For example, attached you will find last year’s booklet.

Please also indicate if we can use your blurb in the UC student blogs and on our Facebook page.



The programme will start with a blessing followed by a formal UC Welcome by one of our senior staff members and a guest speaker. Graduands and graduates will be called up to receive a Certificate of Acknowledgment. The programme will end with dinner.


Academic Regalia

Graduates are required to wear academic regalia to the Graduation Celebration.  If your graduation ceremony the day before Pasifika Graduation Celebration please contact the Federation of Graduate Women (364-3590), 9 Creyke Road, to request an extension on the hire of your gown to attend the Pasifika Graduates Celebration. This means you will return your gown the following day. If you are graduating the day after Pasifika Graduation, ask if you can pick up your gown earlier. A list of names will be provided to the Federation of Graduate Women so they are aware of your situation.




We will have a photo area where you can your families can have your photos taken.



You are welcome to bring your children but please let us know as only the children of graduates will be permitted. Children under the age of 13 are free.


General information

Dress code for this event is semi-formal, except for graduates who should wear their academic regalia.



  • Application for hire of academic regalia (364-3590), 9 Creyke Road.
  • Send your blurb to Viane as soon as possible
  • Request an extension on the hire of academic regalia to attend the Pasifika Graduation Celebration
  • Confirm attendance to the Pasifika Graduation Celebration – email Viane Makalio
  • Confirm the number of people you will be in attendance with
  • Inform Viane if you wish to bring your children.
  • Arrive no later than 3.00pm at the venue for presentation process, photos and seating.
  • Enjoy this moment and be proud of your accomplishment!


For more information please contact Viane Makalio or 369-5295 ext: 95295, or 027-200-8342.