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Graduation Dates & Information

SIT graduation ceremonies are held at the end of the year, each year.Graduation is an important event that we are delighted to celebrate with our students. Graduation ceremonies are held in August and December each year.

During the ceremony SIT not only confers your qualification, but acknowledges the effort you have put in to earn it. Congratulations on achieving your qualification at Southern Institute of Technology!

Graduation dates for 2017 are:

Register to Graduate

Online registration for the Degree & Diploma ceremonies held on Friday, 8 December will open in April and close on 6 October.

  • You will be invited to register online for your graduation ceremony, your regalia and your guest tickets. If you have forgotten your password, please phone SIT Helpdesk on 0800 748 435 and advise it is regarding Graduation
  • You will receive email confirmation of your registration as well as details about the ceremony
  • If you have not registered in the required timeframe above, a late registration fee of $50.00 will apply
  • No registration will be accepted after 18 October
  • Your registration is subject to your successful completion of the requirements of your qualification prior to the ceremony
  • Any outstanding fees or fines must be cleared two weeks prior to the date of the graduation ceremony; you will not be able to attend the ceremony if you have any outstanding fees or fines with SIT

Online registrations for Graduation 2017 have now been closed. If you still need to register for graduation, please contact your programme manager or administrator/tutor as soon as possible.

Christchurch Programme - 15 December 2017

Congratulations on achieving your qualification at Southern Institute of Technology!

Detailed below is important information for your graduation - please note times and dates.

Venue: Aurora Centre, Burnside High School, 151 Greers Road, Burnside, Chrischurch

Assembly: Friday, 15 December 2017 by 12.15pm - meet at Aurora Centre. There will be signs showing you where to assemble with your class.

Time of ceremony: 1.30pm sharp.

 

Regalia

Please come to administration at Southern Institute of Technology, Hornby on Wednesday 13 December 2017 between 2pm – 8pm or Thursday 14 December 2017 between 8am – 6:30pm.

If you are unable to uplift regalia and pay at this time, please arrange for a friend to do so on your behalf, or if you are arriving in Christchurch on the day of the Graduation, please contact your Faculty Administrator to find out the arrangements for collection and payment of regalia.

Cost:   $30.00 – for your gown and sash - Cash or Eftpost at time of collection. If you are collecting on the day of graduation at the venue - only CASH will be accepted. Your guest tickets will also be distributed to you at this time. 

 

Returning Regalia

Please return your regalia after the Graduation Ceremony at the Aurora Centre (staff will be available to collect your regalia). All regalia must be returned after the Graduation Ceremony.

Late return will result in a $50 penalty to cover late return courier costs. 

If your regalia is lost or damaged, the replacement cost is: Gown $350.00; Sash $110.00.

 

Ceremony Information

Please come to the Aurora Centre wearing your regalia by 12.15 pm (see dress code below). You will see signs inside the venue to show you where to assemble with your class.

You will be placed in recipient order prior to the entry procession.  It is important that you remain in this order until after the ceremony.

When you leave the stage after you receive your certificate you must return to your seat until the ceremony is over.

After the ceremony, the procession of the Official Party, SIT staff, and graduates, will move to the area in the front foyer where a light afternoon tea will be available.

You can then leave the procession and meet up with your families and friends for afternoon tea. A photographer will be available to take photographs.  More information will be sent out about prices and options. 

After the afternoon tea you can return your regalia to SIT staff at the Museum. You must sign off that you have returned your regalia or you will be charged for it.

 

Dress Code

As this is a formal occasion to celebrate your achievements, you are expected to wear your regalia and to dress appropriately. This means no t-shirts, no hats or beanies, no untidy jeans or sports shoes. 

  • For males – shirts and dress trousers or suits are preferred
  • For females - dresses, skirts or dress pants are preferred

Students not meeting an appropriate dress code will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

Please leave all items such as handbags and cellphones with your families/friends prior to the ceremony. Strictly NO smoking, alcohol or chewing gum, while dressed in regalia.

 

Special Assistance Requirements

We need to know if any students or guests require special assistance, e.g. wheelchair space, etc.  Please email this information to sit@sit.ac.nz by 27 November. 

 

Guests

You can invite up to 2 guests.

  • Your guest tickets will be distributed with your regalia
  • Each guest ticket entitles your guest to a seat to view the ceremony
  • Each guest ticket also entitles your guest to one free drink and nibbles at the afternoon tea
  • You may request additional tickets – this is on a first in - first served basis
  • Please ask your guests to be seated before 1pm
  • Admission is by ticket only and there is no charge

 

More Information

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact your Administration staff at sit@sit.ac.nz or 0800 867 883. 

Invercargill Degree & Diploma Graduation Programme - 8 December 2017

For diploma, degree, graduate diploma, graduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, postgraduate certificate and masters programmes.

Ceremony 1 ~ Friday 8th December, 2017 12.15 pm (assembly time 11.00 am)

Faculty of Trades and Technology & Faculty of New Media, Arts and Business (please check with your tutor if you are unsure of your Faculty)

  • 11:00 am - Graduands and diplomates assemble at the back of the stage at the Civic Theatre, entering through the stage door of the theatre (Esk Street entrance)
  • 11.15am - Doors to the Civic Theatre open for guests. Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis
  • 11.45am - Guests seated
  • 12:15 pm - Graduation Ceremony 1 commences. Please remain in the Civic Theatre for the entire ceremony
  • 1:45 pm approx - Ceremony concludes
  • 2:15 pm - Afternoon tea in Victoria Room, Civic Theatre
  • 3:40 pm approx - Graduation procession. Please assemble for the procession in the carpark next to the theatre
  • 4.15 pm approx - Drinks and nibbles at SIT Café, Main Campus

Note this ceremony is for graduates of the following programmes: National Diploma in Architectural Technology | National Diploma in Quantity Surveying | Bachelor of Visual Arts | Bachelor of Audio Production | Graduate Diploma in Audio Production | Diploma in Beauty Therapy | Postgraduate Diploma in Business Enterprise | Diploma in Commerce | New Zealand Diploma in Business - Accounting Technicians Requirements | Bachelor of Commerce | Graduate Diploma in Accounting | Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting | NZ Diploma in Business | NZ Diploma in Business and NZIM Diploma in Management | New Zealand Diploma in Mechanical Engineering | New Zealand Diploma in Civil Engineering | Diploma in Fashion Design | Bachelor of Fashion (Design and Technology) | Bachelor of Screen Arts | Diploma in Animation | Graduate Diploma in Screen Arts (Digital Filmmaking) | Graduate Diploma in Screen Arts (3D Animation) | Diploma in Professional Chef Practice | Diploma in Human Resource Management and NZIM Diploma in Management | Graduate Diploma in Management | Graduate Diploma in Marketing | Graduate Certificate in Management | Bachelor of Contemporary Music | Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Music | Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Music | Bachelor of Hotel Management | Graduate Certificate in Hotel Management | Graduate Diploma in Hotel Management | National Diploma in Veterinary Nursing | Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Rural Animal Technician)

Afternoon Tea following Ceremony 1
Following Ceremony 1, graduates and guests will be advised how to exit the theatre and proceed to afternoon tea in the Victoria Room.
 
Ceremony 2 ~ Friday 8th December, 2017 2.15 pm (assembly time 1.15 pm)

Faculty of SIT2LRN & Faculty of Health, Humanities and Computing (please check with your tutor if you are unsure of your Faculty)

  • 1:15pm - Graduands and diplomates assemble in the Scottish Hall, Esk Street, and process to the backstage area of the Civic Theatre at the appointed time
  • 1:50 pm - Guests enter the Civic Theatre, after Ceremony 1 guests have left the theatre. Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis
  • 2:15 pm - Graduation Ceremony 2 commences. Please remain in the Civic Theatre for the entire ceremony
  • 3:30 pm approx - Ceremony concludes
  • 3:40 pm approx - Graduation procession. Please assemble for the procession in the carpark next to the theatre
  • 4:15 pm approx - Drinks and nibbles at SIT Café, Main Campus

Note this ceremony is for graduates of the following programmes: Diploma In Digital Photography | Bachelor of Professional Communication | Graduate Diploma in Communication (Local Government) | Graduate Certificate in Communication (Local Government) | Graduate Diploma in Communication (Public Relations) | Graduate Certificate in Communication (Public Relations) | Diploma in Information Technology (Level 5) | Bachelor of Information Technology | Diploma in Information Technology (Level 6) | Graduate Diploma in Information Technology | Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology | Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology | National Diploma in Adult Education and Training (Level 6) | Bachelor of Environmental Management | Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management | Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management | Diploma in Digital Film | National Diploma in Mental Health (Mental Health Support Work) (Level 6) | Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (Level 6) | Diploma in Professional Coaching | Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management | Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management | Graduate Certificate in Applied Management | Bachelor of Applied Management (HR Management major) | Bachelor of Applied Management (Applied Management major) | Graduate Diploma in Event Management | Graduate Certificate in Event Management | Graduate Diploma in Applied Marketing | Graduate Certificate in Applied Marketing | Graduate Diploma in Applied Management | Bachelor of Applied Management (Event Management major) | Bachelor of Applied Management (Applied Marketing major) | National Diploma in Business (Level 5) | National Diploma in Business (Level 6) | Bachelor of Therapeutic and Sports Massage | Diploma in Therapeutic and Sports Massage | Bachelor of Nursing | Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate in Health Science | Diploma in Enrolled Nursing | Diploma in Project Management | National Diploma in Project Management | Graduate Diploma in Project Management | Graduate Certificate in Project Management | Bachelor of Applied Management (Project Management major) | Bachelor of Sport and Exercise | Diploma in Sport and Recreation | Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise | Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (Level 5) | Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (Level 6) | Diploma in Te Ara Reo Māori | Diploma in Te Arataki Manu Kōrero | Diploma in Te Aupikitanga ki te Reo Kairangi | Diploma in Hotel and Tourism Management 

Graduation Procession ~ Friday 8th December, 2017

Procession MapFollowing Ceremony 2, after the Official Party has been piped from the stage, staff will leave the Civic Theatre in procession. Graduates and diplomates from both ceremonies will then assemble in the car park beside the theatre for the traditional procession through the city streets. The procession concludes at SIT where you meet your guests for complimentary refreshments in the SIT Café and grounds.

Please note during the parade there will be no road closures and you are reminded to keep left of the white line.

The Ceremony

Procession into Theatre

SIT staff will place you in recipient order prior to the entry procession. Please ensure that you stay in this order at all times until the ceremony concludes.

Opening of the ceremony

Please stand when the Official Party enters the Civic Theatre at the beginning of the ceremonies. Each ceremony will last for approximately one hour and begin with Chairperson’s introductions, followed by the National Anthem.

Conferring of degrees and awarding of diplomas

The Chairperson will ask each Head of Faculty to announce the graduates and diplomates from their respective faculties.

Receiving your award on stage

Diplomas

  • When your qualification is called you will be told by staff when to stand up with a group of diplomates and wait in line in the right order for your turn on stage
  • When your name is called, walk up the steps and shake hands with SIT’s Chief Executive, Penny Simmonds
  • A photograph is taken at this point to capture the moment for you, so pause for a moment
  • The Chief Executive will give you a folder containing your graduation certificate
  • You then move across the stage, go down the steps and return to your seat

Degrees

  • Do not wear your trencher until you’ve been capped
  • When your qualification is called, you will be told by staff when to stand up with a group of graduands and wait in line in the right order for your turn on stage
  • When your name is called, walk up the steps holding your trencher in your left hand and shake hands with SIT Chief Executive, Penny Simmonds
  • The Chief Executive will give you a folder containing your graduation certificate
  • You then take a couple of steps towards Council Chair, Sarah Brown. She will hold a trencher above your head to “cap” you. This is the signal to place your own trencher on your head
  • A photograph is taken at this point to capture the moment for you, so pause for a moment
  • You then move across the stage, go down the steps and return to your seat

Postgraduate Diplomas/Postgraduate Certificates/Graduate Diplomas/ Graduate Certificates

  • You wear your trencher throughout the ceremony
  • When your qualification is called, you will be told by staff when to stand up with a group of graduates and wait in line in the right order for your turn
  • When your name is called, walk up the steps and shake hands with SIT’s Chief Executive, Penny Simmonds
  • The Chief Executive will give you a folder containing your graduation certificate
  • You then take a couple of steps and shake hands with Council Chair, Sarah Brown
  • A photograph is taken at this point to capture the moment for you, so pause for a moment
  • You then move across the stage, go down the steps and return to your seat

Film Coverage

The Graduation will be filmed by SIT2LRN Production Unit and will be available on SIT's You Tube channel.

Special Assistance Requirements

If you or your guests have a disability requiring special seating arrangements, you must indicate this at the time that you apply for a place in the ceremony and tickets, so that seats can be allocated in an appropriate area of the Theatre.

Wheelchair access to the Civic Theatre is via the side entrance from Tay Street.

Guest Tickets

You can collect your guest tickets with your regalia from Hansen Hall.

  • In addition to your own ticket you are guaranteed up to 2 guest tickets for seats in the Civic Theatre
  • Additional tickets (if there are any) will be available after all regalia has been collected. You may request additional tickets when you register online
  • Admission is by ticket only and there is no charge
  • Guests and graduates are entitled to one free drink and nibbles at the SIT function after the procession (upon presentation of your ticket). Additional drinks may be purchased

Academic Dress

For Staff

The great variety of regalia worn by the academic staff reflects the many different tertiary institutions throughout the world attended by our staff. Staff wear the regalia appropriate to the tertiary institution at which they were awarded their highest qualification.

For Graduates

Southern Institute of Technology gowns have been designed and produced by internationally known Pasifika couturier Lindah Lepou, who has created a unique woven yoke design with elements of Scottish tartan, Maori, and Pasifika design, blending with the traditional style of  academic gowns. 

Gowns

The weaving on the yoke of the gown symbolises the European, Maori, Pasifika and Asian peoples who comprise the population of New Zealand/Aotearoa, and who have “multiple perspectives and interpretations but who remain a united people all under the same sky, on the same planet... adapting to our own special environment, in our own special part of the world.” (Lindah Lepou). 

Hoods

The hood for the bachelor degree is lined with coloured satin representing the subject area and bordered with white fur. The hood for postgraduate qualifications is bordered with white satin. Graduate certificate/diploma students wear a stole in the colour of their graduate certificate/diploma discipline.

Stoles

The stoles for diploma qualifications are black lined with orange coloured satin and bear the SIT logo. Each diploma student wears the same stole, irrespective of subject.

Sashes

The certificate sashes are navy blue and bear the SIT logo. The design of the sash is a pattern symbolising the steps towards knowledge. Each certificate student wears the same stole, irrespective of the subject of study.

Graduate Regalia

Diploma

Black gown / Orange Stole without fringe

Diploma - frontDiploma - back

Degree (Bachelor)

Black gown / Trencher / Hood (Degree colour) with fur

Degree - back

Graduate Certificate

Black gown / Trencher / Stole (Degree colour) without fringe

Graduate Certificate - frontGraduate Certificate - back

Graduate Diploma

Black gown / Trencher / Stole (Degree colour) with fringe

Graduate Diploma - frontGraduate Diploma - back

Postgraduate Certificate

Black gown / Trencher / Hood (Degree colour) with white trim

Postgraduate Certificate - frontPostgraduate Certificate - back

Postgraduate Diploma

Black gown / Trencher / Hood (Degree colour) with purple trim

Postgraduate Diploma - frontPostgraduate Diploma - back

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Enterprise

Black gown / Trencher / Hood (Degree colour) with blue trim

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Enterprise - front Postgraduate Diploma in Business Enterprise - back

 

Master

Black gown / Trencher / Hood (Degree colour), no trim

Master - front Master - back

 

SIT Degree Colours

Applied Management

Audio Production

Commerce

Contemporary Music

Environmental Management

Fashion (Design & Technology)

Hotel Management

Information Technology

Nursing / Health Science

Professional Communication

Screen Arts

Sport & Excercise

Therapeutic & Sports Massage

Visual Arts

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Enterprise

Guide to Wearing Regalia

How to Wear Academic Regalia

Gowns: Your arm should emerge though the opening high up in the sleeve of your gown.

Hoods: The hood should rest high on your shoulders, the square panel lies against your back and the hood proper should be folded diagonally and fall to the left to show the lining and/or fur.

Trencher: The cap for graduates is a black trencher with a tassel. The shorter peak of the cap goes to the front. The board should be flat on your head and the tassel worn to the left. In the capping ceremony, the graduand carries the trencher; the Council Chair tips a cap over the graduand’s head, who then puts on his/her own cap as a graduate.

Diploma stoles: Diploma stoles are worn around your neck and sit over the top of your gown.

 

What to wear with your regalia

As this is a formal occasion to celebrate your achievements and you are expected to dress appropriately.

  • For males: dress trousers and shirts, or a formal suit
  • For females: dresses, skirts or dress pants
  • No jeans, sports shoes, caps, beanies, jandals, chewing gum, handbags, gumboots/boots, cellphones, cigarettes or alcohol

Students not meeting an appropriate dress code will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

Please be aware that graduation day involves a lot of walking, including going up and down stairs, so very high heels may not be practical.

Please leave all items such as handbags and cellphones with your families/friends prior to the ceremony, and collect them after the graduation procession. Strictly NO smoking or consumption of alcohol or chewing gum while dressed in regalia.

Regalia Collection

Location: Hansen Hall, corner Forth and Ythan Streets (behind First Church)

  • For the 8th December ceremony: Monday 4 December 10.00am–6.00pm or Tuesday 5 December 10.00am–5.00pm

If you are unable to collect your regalia at the times indicated above, please arrange for a family member or friend to do so on your behalf.

SIT2LRN and Queenstown Campus students

If you are arriving in Invercargill on the morning of the Graduation, you will be able to collect and pay for your regalia at SIT Hansen Hall, corner of Forth and Ythan Streets between 9am and 10:45am.

Regalia Return

All regalia must be returned to Hansen Hall either after the ceremony or by 12 noon on Monday 11 December. Late return will result in a $50.00 penalty. You will be required to pay replacement costs for lost or damaged regalia as follows:

  • Gown $350.00
  • Trencher $80.00
  • Hood $140.00
  • Stole $140.00

Regalia Hire Cost

You will be able to pay for your regalia hire either online when you register or when you collect your regalia:

  • $30.00 for Diplomates (students completing level 5-6 diplomas)
  • $50.00 for Graduands with bachelor degrees; graduate certificates; graduate diplomas; postgraduate certificates; postgraduate diplomas and masters)

In addition, $50.00 late registration fee if you register after 6 October.

Photographs

SIT arranges a photographer as a service to students, however when arranging and ordering photographs, students are to deal directly with Vicki Mae Stenton, Photographer, at the following address:

Vicki Mae Stenton Photography, 164 Yarrow Street, Invercargill, ph 03 217 6555 or 027 229 2894. Email vickimae@xtra.co.nz

Sizes and prices for crossing the stage photographs only.

Size Photo only Matted/Framed
(incl SIT insignia)
15x10cm (6 x 4”) $15 $60
18x13cm (5x7”) $25 $85
20x30cm (8x12”) $50 $150
25x38cm (10x15”) $85 $195

Also available: A4 certificate frames with SIT insignia on - Matt (14 x 11") $95 - must be requested.

During the ceremonies Vicki Mae Stenton, Photographer, will photograph graduates “crossing the stage”.  These photographs will be on display for ordering after the procession in the main SIT reception and at the studio the next morning, Saturday 10 December, from 9 am-12 noon at 164 Yarrow Street, Invercargill, thereafter by phone or email.  The photographs will be available either as a photograph only, or framed with a special embossed SIT insignia.

  • After the ceremony - Vicki Mae Stenton, Photographer, will be available  for individual, family and group photographs.  Please ask about this at the sales desk.  There is always a queue so please be patient
  • Personalised studio portrait sitting - For your personalised studio portrait sitting which includes your families, please phone early to book as there are limited spaces available.  Studio prices will apply.

Please double check your order before confirming.  The photographer will not take any responsibility for incorrect orders. No refunds will be given.

Photo only orders will be processed within 14 working days of payment being made.  (Photo only orders include standard post within NZ).  There is a pick up option and the studio will be open on specific days for picking up photos.  It will be your responsibility to ensure someone is available to pick up if you decide on this option.  All framed photos must include a courier fee. (South Island $12.00/North Island $22.00). The photographer will post framed photos overseas; only loose photos by prior arrangement.  Please contact the studio if you require a custom quote on overseas freight.

Copyright (the right to make copies) is legally owned by Vicki Mae Stenton, Photographer. The photographer asks that you respect this please. Any breach of copyright enables the copyright owner to liquidated damages of $500 and liability for Lawyer/Client costs of enforcement.

Congratulations to our Graduates

Our Graduation ceremonies are a highlight of the year, when we get to see the results of our staff and students’ hard work. It is enormously satisfying to see how proud the graduates are of their achievements and also how pleased their friends and family are for them. It is a lovely time of year for us at SIT.

Penny Simmonds
Chief Executive

Graduation - December 2016

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