Rotorua Graduations 2019

Venue for April 2019

The 2019 ceremonies for diploma students (and above) take place at Rotorua Energy Events Centre, Rotorua on Tuesday 2 April.

Ceremony Times

  • 10.00am Ceremony 1 - Business Management and Legal Studies, Engineering, Creative, Technology and Infrastructure, Primary Industries, Science and Environment, Tourism Hospitality and Service Industries
  • 3.00pm Ceremony 2 - Community Wellbeing and Development, Education, Health, Nursing and Social Services
  • See also: graduation schedule of events

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 will be 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 are not required for this event. Everyone is 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.

Seating at Energy Events Centre, Rotorua

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

The venue is usually filled to capacity for all of the ceremonies, so it’s good to arrive early, particularly if you're with a group. Our ushers will do their best to ensure you can be seated together.

There will be a reserved area for our guests in wheelchairs. Please contact the graduation coordinator before the event if you need any assistance.

Graduands will be seated together in a particular order near the front of the venue, and will not be sitting with the guests. Graduands need to stay in the allocated seats to ensure the correct award is received once on stage.

All ceremonies will be streamed live in the foyer so guests will be able to attend to children without disrupting proceedings. We will also have a live stream via this website for any guests unable to attend. Watch this space for details.

What to Expect on the Day

Graduation ceremonies run for about two hours. Tautoko (support) in the form of waiata or haka from whanau and friends is warmly welcomed at the ceremonies.

After each ceremony graduates and guests are invited to join us for tea and light refreshments in the foyer.

Gowns and Dress Code

Graduation is a formal ceremony and you're expected to dress to a smart and tidy standard and students graduating at level 5 or above are required to wear regalia.

Regalia will be available to collect form the Energy Events Centre prior to graduation. Watch this space for information on collection times.

Tickets for the Energy Events Centre Ceremonies

The graduation ceremonies are ticketed events due to limited seating at the venue. Graduands receive up to four free tickets for guests. If extra tickets are required a waitlist will be created. 

Graduands do not require a ticket but will need to bring photo ID with them to receive their regalia e.g. Student ID or driver license.


Ambient Photography will photograph all ceremonies and will be available for formal portraits and class photos on request before and after the ceremony.

There is no sitting fee and photographs will be available online for purchase. Visit for more information.

Photography by your guests is permitted, but please respect others in the auditorium and no guests are permitted on stage.

Photographs taken at the smaller, regional ceremonies will be made available for download via a link on this website. 

Contact information

Graduation Team