Graduation General Information

What to expect on the day

Please ensure that you arrive during your allocated session time based on your location and faculty of study.

You will check in, get dressed in academic regalia if required and be ushered to queue for your photograph.

When your name is called you'll be presented with your parchment by a faculty representative and have your professional photograph taken. Your guests will be able to join you during the presentation of your parchment.

There will be photo opportunities available outside of the venue to take your own photos with your guests. At the end of the day you'll be required to return your regalia.


There is no cost to attend a session. Toi Ohomai will cover the usual $60 cost to hire regalia for diploma and above graduands. The professional photos will be available online after the sessions and you’ll be able to download these free of charge. We will send through the link via email to all registered graduands closer to the time. 

Graduate in absentia

If you can’t make your photography session or if you don’t wish to attend, there is nothing that you need to do. Once Toi Ohomai has confirmed that you’re eligible to graduate, a member of faculty will contact you to arrange collection or delivery of your parchment. 

Academic dress

Dress code at Certificate graduation ceremonies
No academic regalia is required for certificate graduation ceremonies. However, graduation photograhy sessions are a formal event so please attend dressed in tidy attire.

Dress code at Diploma and above graduation ceremonies
All students graduating at the Diploma and above graduation ceremonies are required to wear the appropriate academic regalia for your qualification. You'll need to submit your regalia requirements when you register to attend graduation.

Regalia collection will then be available from the venue the day of your session. You are required to return your regalia at the end of the day to avoid receiving a fine.

Handy tips to get your regalia measurements right!


Professional photographers will photograph the presentation of your parchment to you. Photos will be available online following the sessions for graduands to download free of charge. Please note, it can take up to three days for photos to be added from your session.