Graduation is an important event that we are delighted to celebrate with our graduates. Graduation ceremonies are held in December each year.

During the ceremony, SIT not only confers your qualification but acknowledges the mahi you have put in to earn it.  He mihi whakamana ki a koutou / Congratulations on achieving your qualification at Southern Institute of Technology Ltd.

Our 2024 graduation dates are:

  • Telford Campus Graduation
    • Thursday 28 November
    • Te Pou o Mata-Au Clutha District War Memorial & Community Centre, Balclutha
  • Award Ceremony
    • Tuesday 3 December, 7.30pm
    • Civic Theatre, Invercargill
  • Certificate/Diploma/Degree Graduations
    • Friday 13 December (download the Graduation information booklet here)
      • Ceremony 1 – 10-11.30am (Health & Humanities)
      • Ceremony 2 – 12.15-1.45pm (SIT2LRN & Trades & Technology)
      • Ceremony 3 – 2.30-3.45pm (New Media, Art, Business & Computing and Queenstown)
    • Civic Theatre, Invercargill
  • Christchurch Campus Graduation
    • Tuesday 10 December
    • Riccarton Park - The Showgate Room, Broomfield, Christchurch
  • MAINZ Christchurch Campus Graduation 
    • Wednesday 5 February
    • Venue to be announced


NB – Graduates are entitled to TWO guest tickets which must be applied for on registration. There is no charge for guest tickets. Up to two extra guest tickets may be applied for online and these will be allocated on a first-registered basis in late October after actual numbers of graduates/guests are known.


Congratulations to our Graduates


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


Whāia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou

Seek after learning for the sake of your wellbeing

SIT Graduation Information

Online registration for the Certificate, Diploma and Degree ceremonies open in March and close the first Friday in October.  Students will be emailed with specific dates.

Please register online in MySIT by clicking Register to Graduate on the homepage.

  • 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. You are able to make changes to your registration details on MySIT until the closing date.
  • If you have not registered in the required timeframe above, a late registration fee of $30.00 will apply
  • 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 or you will be unable to attend the ceremony. 

Staff Academic Dress

The great variety of regalia worn by 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.

Graduating Students' Academic Dress


Southern Institute of Technology gowns have a unique woven yoke design symbolising Scottish tartan, Maori design and Pasifika design, to blend in with the style of the traditional academic gown.

Hoods for Bachelor Degrees; Graduate Certificates/Diplomas; Postgraduate Qualifications; Masters' Degrees

The hood for the bachelor degree is lined with coloured satin and generally bordered with white fur. The hood for postgraduate qualifications is bordered with satin, and the hood for the master's degree has no border. Graduate certificate/diploma students wear the stole in the colour of their graduate certificate/diploma discipline.


The traditional black academic headpiece is known as a mortar-board or trencher cap; hence the expression "to be capped" when the mortar-boards are placed on the heads of the new graduates for the first time after they receive their degree certificates.

 Graduate certificate/diploma and postgraduate students are not "capped" when they receive their awards.

Diploma Qualification

The diploma stoles are black, lined with orange coloured satin with a band and trim of the same colour. The design of the trim reflects a traditional pattern symbolising the steps towards the knowledge.

Each diploma student wears the same stole, irrespective of the subject of study. Mortar-boards or trenchers are traditionally not worn by diploma graduates.

Certificate Qualification

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 sash, irrespective of the subject of study.

Graduate Regalia

Diploma Qualification

Black gown / Orange Stole

Diploma - frontDiploma - back

Degree (Bachelor)

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

Black gownDegree a- 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


Black Masters' gown / Trencher / Hood (degree colour), no trim

Master - front Master - back


SIT Degree Colours

A different coloured hood is attached to each subject area. Hood colours for degrees, graduate certificates/diplomas, and postgraduate qualifications at Southern Institute of Technology:


Hood Colour

Applied Management


Applied Health Sciences


Architectural Technology


Audio Production

Bottle Green


Mid Grey


Dusty Pink

Contemporary Music

Special Camel

Engineering Technology


Environmental Management

Emerald Green

Fashion (Design and Technology)

Petral Blue

Hotel Management


Information Technology


Nursing / Art and Science of Health Care

Delphinium Blue

Professional Communication


Screen Arts


Sport and Exercise


Therapeutic and Sports Massage

Royal Blue

Visual Arts


Postgraduate Diploma in Business Enterprise

Gold, Blue Trim

Guide to Wearing Regalia

How to Wear Academic Regalia

Gowns: Your arm should emerge though the opening high up Regaliain 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.

Graduation - 8 December 2023

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