Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

November 2017 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 is delighted to welcome the optometry degree programme to this special occasion. Graduation for the medical programme is on 17 November, and optometry will join the nursing and pharmacy programmes for a shared graduation on 24 November.

2017 Ceremonies Schedule :

Friday 17 November 2017, 2pm School of Medicine Graduation & 45th MBChB Qualifying Ceremony 
Auckland Town Hall,
Queen Street
Friday 24 November 2017, 2pm

School of Nursing Graduation & 16th Completion Ceremony  

School of Optometry Graduation & 1st Completion Ceremony

School of Pharmacy Graduation & 15th Completion 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 6 October 2017.

IMPORTANT! You must register by 6 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 Maori. 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, then email graduation@auckland.ac.nz by 6 October.

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 (i.e. be seated by 1:30 pm).

Class awards

There are two awards each year which are awarded by the medical and pharmacy classes. Members from each cohort are asked to nominate a person in their class for these awards 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.
  • Most Supportive Student Award (Pharmacy): This award was established by the School of Pharmacy in conjunction with Green Cross Health to acknowledge and reward the pharmacy student in the completing class who has shown the most altruism, support, and help for their peers throughout the pharmacy 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 September 2018). For more information about this please email Glenn Bell (fmhs@auckland.ac.nz).


Register online