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Events and graduation

While restrictions on gatherings and events remain in place because of COVID-19 Alert Levels, Massey University will not host any events or gatherings. Unfortunately, our graduation ceremonies in Auckland, Manawatū and Wellington in April and May will no longer go ahead. This also applies to our planned Māori and Pasifika celebrations.

However, graduands will still officially graduate, and special celebrations will be planned at a future date for those affected.

What does the cancelling of graduation mean for my status as a graduate?

While the ceremony is an important tradition, and very meaningful to those who participate, and their family and friends, it is not necessary to attend the “ceremony” to graduate.

As you will be unable to attend a ceremony, you will have your degree conferred to you by the Chancellor of the University, or their delegate, which means you will be able to officially claim completion of your qualification. This is the normal process used by the University when a graduand is not able to attend a ceremony for any reason.

It’s also important for those going through employment related, recruitment and registration board processes. For this reason we highly recommend you graduate now. It also means you will receive your graduation certificate and a certified digital version of your graduation certificate and academic record via My eQuals.

I am unable to attend the ceremony so have applied to graduate in absentia. What does this now mean for me?

The cancellation of the upcoming graduation ceremonies does not impact on those graduands who have chosen to graduate in absentia. If you have chosen to graduate in absentia, you will graduate via the special meeting of Council or its delegates and will receive your graduation certificate by courier. You will also receive a certified digital version of your graduation certificate and academic record via My eQuals.

The special celebration - what is it?

With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing and the Government’s directive to limit mass gatherings , it is difficult for us to schedule any future events at this point. We are constantly monitoring the situation and will confirm the dates of our special celebrations as soon as possible.

We understand that graduation ceremonies are an important tradition and very meaningful to those who participate, their family and friends. Since announcing the cancellation of our graduation ceremonies, we have received lots of feedback about the important elements of a graduation ceremony, like the opportunity to dress in academic regalia and take photos with family and friends. We are collating all this feedback and taking it into consideration when planning these celebrations. We want to ensure these celebrations are a special occasion.

Other graduation and events frequently asked questions

How will my graduation certificate be sent to me?

Your certificate is carefully packaged inside toughened cardboard. This packaging allows the certificate to remain flat, protecting it from damage. We use DHL to send packages internationally and Courier Post within New Zealand.

How do I get a refund on my regalia hire?

Academic Dress Hire will process refunds for regalia hire; this will be done automatically and there is no need to contact them. They have, however, asked for your patience as they have more than 2500 orders to refund.

What happens if a student hasn’t received the email but is due to graduate?

All students who had applied to graduate in the April and May graduations were emailed about the cancellation of these ceremonies on Wednesday, March 18. Those who chose to graduate in absentia were not emailed, because the cancellation of the upcoming graduation ceremonies does not impact on those who have chosen to graduate in absentia.

If you applied to graduate in these ceremonies and have not received the email, then please contact us.

Do Wellington and Auckland graduands have the option to defer to November?

Yes, all students who applied to graduate at the April or May ceremonies can defer to our planned graduation ceremonies in Palmerston North in November. However, students who defer should be aware that COVID-19 is making planning very difficult, so future graduation ceremonies may also be affected. If you defer to a future ceremony and the COVID-19 situation is no longer present, the ceremony will proceed in the usual manner.

If you wish to defer your graduation, email contact@massey.ac.nz before 6 April, 2020.

What if I’m a Palmerston North graduating student and I didn’t get the offer to defer to November?

All students who applied to graduate at the April or May ceremonies can defer to our planned graduation ceremonies in Palmerston North in November or next year. If you wish to defer your graduation, email contact@massey.ac.nz before 6 April, 2020.

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