Graduation is a formal ceremony that recognises our students’ effort, commitment and achievements during their studies, and it's something we all look forward to. The students who walk across the stage at graduation have shown immense passion, grit and determination on their journey towards a better education. We celebrate our students’ success with graduation ceremonies in each of our locations; Rotorua, Taupō, Tauranga, Tokoroa and Whakatāne.

What to Expect on the Day

On arrival, graduands will register. View the schedule of events to see when registration opens.

The larger ceremonies will run for around two hours and the regional celebrations will be around an hour. Tautoko (support) in the form of waiata or haka from whānau and friends is warmly welcomed at all ceremonies.
We invite you and your guests to join us for light refreshments after each ceremony.

Rotorua Graduation

Pohiri and Poroporoaki

8.00am - Tangatarua Marae, Mokoia Campus, Mokoia Drive, Rotorua

Graduation day begins with a Pōhiri and Poroporoaki for all Toi Ohomai graduands. Family and friends are also invited to attend this special part of the day. Gather at the front entrance of the marae no later than 7.45am for the pōhiri, which starts at 8.00am.

Please ensure you allow enough time to find a park. The event will run for around 30-45 minutes, followed by a morning tea.

Dress code on the marae

No shorts are allowed on the marae. Men are to wear black pants and covered shoes, women are to wear a black skirt or dress below the knees and a black top (must have sleeves).

If you have collected your regalia, this will be perfect to cover anything underneath and provides a suitable length to wear on the marae.

The pōhiri takes place outside, so please ensure you prepare for the weather conditions. Photos may be taken outside the wharenui. Tickets aren't required for this event. Everyone's welcome!

Graduation Parade

The parade will start at 1.00pm sharp. Meet at The Village Green by the lake. There will be Toi Ohomai flags showing you where to meet. Please arrive no later than 12.45pm, for a 1.00pm start.

The parade will walk up Tutanekai Street turning left on Arawa Street and finishing at a Toi Ohomai refreshment station in Government Gardens.

Gowns and Dress Code

Graduation is a formal ceremony and you are expected to dress accordingly.

If you're graduating with a diploma or higher qualification, you'll need to submit your regalia requirements and make payment via the online registration form. Regalia will be available to be collected from the venue prior to the ceremony.

View the schedule of events to see when gowns can be collected.

Tickets for Ceremonies at Diploma Level and Above

Graduands can request up to four tickets for guests. If you need more tickets, email and we will look to put you on a waiting list, however there are no guarantees extra tickets will be granted. 

Please note that there are no refunds for unused tickets.

Graduands do not require a ticket to attend - you will be emailed a graduation confirmation letter, which needs to be presented on the day (either printed out or on your device) to collect your regalia.

Seating at the Venues

Guest seating is by general admission (you can sit where you like), and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The venue for each ceremony is usually filled to capacity, so it’s good to arrive early, particularly if you are with a group. Our ushers will do their best to ensure you are seated together.

There will be a reserved area for our guests in wheelchairs. If you or any of your guests need wheelchair access or any assistance, please contact the graduation coordinator before the day.

Graduands will be seated together in a particular order near the front of the venue, and not with guests. Please stay in your correct seats so that you receive the correct award when you cross the stage.

All ceremonies will be streamed live in the foyer so guests will be able to attend to children without disrupting proceedings


There is ample parking available at each of the venues. Please allow plenty of time prior to the start of the ceremony to find your parking space, and take a seat inside the venue.


Affordable family accommodation is available for a one or two night stay during graduation week and can be booked online through websites like BookaBachNew window icon, Holiday HousesNew window icon or AirBnB.New window icon

Replacement Certificates/Official Documents

If your graduation certificate ('parchment') or Transcript of Academic Record is lost or damaged please use these forms on this page to order a replacement.

Contact information

Graduation Team