Te Mana Whakahaere o Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, our Council are pleased to announce our 2024 Graduation event will be held on: 


Friday 10 May 2024


We are excited to enjoy this day with our graduands and their whānau and will be providing more information as the event draws closer.  

Event Details

Location: Mataatua whare, Te Mānuka Tūtahi marae, 105 Muriwai Drive, Whakatāne

Pōwhiri: 8.00 am

Gown and Town Hikoi: 10.00 am

Graduation Ceremony: commences at completion of Hikoi.

Applications to graduate for 2024 are now closed.

All eligible graduands, both those attending in person and those wishing to graduate in absentia (receive their award via post) must apply in order to receive their qualification certificates.

Please ensure your contact details are correct with us to ensure you receive any relevant information and keep following our website and Facebook page for any updates.

If you need to contact us regarding your application or for any other enquiries relating to graduation, please email graduation@wananga.ac.nz 

Graduating in absentia
  • You will be posted your certificate following the graduation ceremony.
  • You must ensure your address details are correct as your certificate will be mailed to the address you provided at the time of enrolment. If your address details need updating, please contact us.

A time for celebration

Graduation is a celebration of months of hard mahi and sacrifice. Every year, whānau, friends and representatives of the wider community of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi come together to acknowledge the achievements of our graduates. 

Celebrating our tauira and their tohu is an opportunity to reflect on the path walked to get to where we are today, and to look to the future with hope. Reaching this milestone is a cause of great pride for our graduates who have worked immensely hard to achieve their goals. It is also an acknowledgement of the people in their corner – their whānau and loved ones – who walked alongside them throughout this journey.

Graduation is a time to celebrate your achievements and an opportunity to participate in the formal ceremony and associated ritual. It acknowledges the culmination of a period of study, the acquisition and production of knowledge and the development of expertise. As successful scholars have done for many hundreds of years, we dress in academic regalia, hold a procession, and honour each graduand in a formal capping ceremony. At Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, our Graduation traditions include rituals adapted from the time of ancient whare wānanga.

Graduation is always an uplifting and moving occasion. It is, deservedly, a time of great pride for our graduates who have worked hard to attain their goals, and for the family, friends and staff who have guided and supported them through their studies. It is an opportunity for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices and efforts of parents, grandparents, children, husbands, wives and other family members and friends who have enabled our graduates to attain their goals.

Importantly, it is also an opportunity to signal our hopes for our students’ future successes and achievements – a time when we urge our new graduates to move out into the world to make a difference, and to recognise that their qualification is not the end but only the beginning of their journey.


Helpful Information

Information for graduands



Whanau celebrating graduation
The Gown and Town Hikoi procession is a popular feature of every Graduation ceremony

The Gown and Town Hikoi procession is a popular feature of every Graduation ceremony

Whakapā mai

For general enquiries relating to graduation please contact our Graduation and Administration team.  For media enquiries please contact our Marketing Department.

Graduation Contact
Marketing Department
Marketing Team