Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

November 2018 Graduation Ceremonies

The FMHS November graduations for clinical health programmes combine qualifying/completion ceremonies with the formal University of Auckland graduation ceremonies. The graduations immediately follow the completion of the final year of these programmes. Graduation provides the opportunity for those who have completed to make their oath of professional dedication; for the presentation of certificates, prizes, and awards; and for parents, relatives, and friends to witness these events. These ceremonies have been held every year since the inception of the medical, nursing, and pharmacy degree programmes. In 2017, for the first time, the faculty was delighted to welcome the optometry degree programme to this special occasion. Graduation is on Friday 16 November.

2018 Ceremonies:

Friday 16 November 2018, 10:30 am

School of Nursing Graduation & 17th Completion Ceremony  

School of Optometry Graduation & 2nd Completion Ceremony

School of Pharmacy Graduation & 16th Completion Ceremony

Auckland Town Hall,
Queen Street
Friday 16 November 2018, 1:30 pm School of Medicine Graduation & 46th MBChB Qualifying Ceremony 
Auckland Town Hall,
Queen Street

In addition to the ceremonies, students and their guests are invited to join members of the faculty for light refreshments.  

Please read the following information before proceeding to the end of this page to complete the online registration for your degree ceremony.

Registration deadline: Friday 5 October 2018.

IMPORTANT! You must register by 5 October as late applications will be declined.

Ceremony information

Regalia must be worn

The ceremony is a formal celebration which takes place during a Meeting of the University Council. You must wear the appropriate academic regalia in order to participate in the ceremony. Details on regalia hire will be provided by the Graduation Office to all registered attendees.

Graduation Schedule

These schedules provide ceremony details for each of the programmes.

Oath of Professional Dedication

During the ceremony you will recite the Oath of Professional Dedication in English and Māori. You will then be presented with a scroll containing the oath as well as your degree certificate.

Guest invitations

We are able to guarantee seats for four guests (during registration you are asked to indicate the number of guest tickets you require). You do not require a ticket for yourself. Tickets to the ceremony will be distributed by the Graduation Office and any changes to the number of guest tickets required will be handled by them. If you would like to request more than 4 guest tickets, please email fmhs-events@auckland.ac.nz by 5 October to make your request. The final number of tickets you receive will be confirmed once allocation has been completed and sent by the Graduation Office approximately three weeks before the ceremony. Please note the allocation of tickets over the number of 4 is subject to the size of that particular ceremony.

Tickets are issued as e-tickets. Each e-ticket has a unique barcode and is not transferable. The e-tickets are not allocated to specific seats, but your guests must either print their e-tickets or show them on their smartphone or iPad, etc. at the venue.

Children are welcome at graduation ceremonies, but ceremonies can be quite long. All children three years old and over require a seat and an e-ticket.

We ask that your guests be seated 30 minutes before the ceremony starts.

Class awards

There is one award each year awarded by the medical class. Members from the cohort are asked to nominate a person in their class for this award during online registration.

  • Brenda Dawson Award (MBChB): This award was established by Brenda Dawson to acknowledge and reward the medical student in the qualifying class who has shown the most altruism, support, and help for their peers throughout the medical programme.

Official class photograph

A class photograph will be taken on Graduation day (prior to the ceremony) and will be available to download together with general ceremony images taken throughout the event.

Further information

If you cannot or do not want to graduate in November it is possible to graduate at a later ceremony (e.g. May or November 2019). For more information about this please email Janine Joubert (fmhs-events@auckland.ac.nz).


Register online