Rotorua Graduations 2019

Venue for April 2019

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

Ceremony Times

  • 10.00am Ceremony 1 - Business Management and Legal Studies
  • 3.00pm Ceremony 2 - Community Wellbeing and Development, Education, Health, Nursing and Social Services
  • 6.00pm Ceremony 3 - Engineering, Creative, Technology and Infrastructure, Primary Industries, Science and Environment, Tourism, Hospitality and Service Industries, Trades and Logistics
  • See also: graduation schedule of events

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 two 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