Massey University Graduation

The New Zealand Government issued a directive to cancel events and mass gatherings. Massey University has responded to this by reviewing all our events, including graduation.  

Our graduation ceremonies in Auckland, Manawatū and Wellington in April and May will no longer go ahead. While this is so, our graduands will still graduate. Celebrations to honour Māori and Pasifika graduates have also been postponed.

 While we understand this decision will be disappointing for our graduands who have worked so hard to reach this milestone, it has been made with the health, safety and wellbeing of the whole community in mind. Special celebrations will be planned at a future date for those affected. 

Graduates will receive their graduation certificates by courier and a certified digital version of their graduation certificate and academic record will also be available via My eQuals.

We congratulate all our graduands on their achievement and look forward to celebrating this important milestone with them in person when the time is right.

For an update on Massey-related changes that are occurring because of coronavirus, go to

Apply to graduate

In order to graduate at a graduation ceremony or via Academic Board you need to apply to graduate. If you choose to graduate via Academic Board your graduation certificate will be sent to you and you will not be able to graduate in person at a ceremony at a later date.

Once you have completed your qualification, and graduation applications are open, you will receive a notification in your student portal with information about how to apply. Notifications are sent out after Semester One and Semester Two: 

Semester One: Mid-August
Semester Two: Mid-January

If you want to graduate via Academic Board you can request that an apply to graduate notification is sent to you at any time using the following form. 

Academic dress

Due to the importance of the occasion participants should be suitably dressed. Participants will not receive awards unless appropriately dressed. A tidy standard of dress is expected along with applicable academic dress. The final decision on whether dress is appropriate will rest with the University Marshal or the Deputy Marshal.

Māori cloak/Korowai and Pacific cloaks may be worn with academic regalia. It must be worn over the gown and under the hood. International students may prefer to wear their national dress with the academic regalia.


Staff are invited to celebrate academic achievement with students and whanau by attending the graduation ceremonies and participating in the public procession. Staff are encouraged to sit on stage – bookings are essential and academic dress is required. Further information for staff only can be found here (staff intranet access required).