Christchurch Graduation


Monday 4 December 2023

Laidlaw College (CHCH)
6pm start

For those who are Christchurch campus-based students, we would love for you to join us for a graduation dinner.

This will be a night of catching up with your fellow graduates and Laidlaw staff and celebrating your achievements. We invite you to bring along a loved one, a spouse/partner, or someone who has been an important part of your journey. This is a free event for graduates; however we do require a payment from your plus one (more info to come).      



Friday 8 December 2023

Christchurch Community Church (Christchurch Chinese Church),
286 Greers Road, Bishopdale
7:30pm start

To register for this prestigious occasion, please apply to graduate and select the “I wish to graduate at the Christchurch ceremony in Dec 2023” option.

You should plan to arrive no later than 6.45pm at the ceremony venue so that we can brief you for the event. Please ask your guests to be seated by 7.25pm for a 7.30pm start. A light supper will follow the ceremony. 

It is optional to attend the ceremony, but if you wish to receive certification of your achievement, you must still apply to graduate. If this applies, please select a “NO CEREMONY” option that suits you.

The application cut-off date is Wednesday 1 November.



Laidlaw College hires academic regalia on your behalf, and it is available to collect from Laidlaw during campus hours the days prior to the ceremony. You will wear your required regalia pieces over formal clothing. Please plan to return all regalia to us directly after the ceremony; our vendor requires we honour a strict return schedule. To hire the regalia for you, we require a few measurements. 


  • Your height __________cm (measure from top of head to floor without shoes)  

MORTAR BOARD (HAT) (only for Bachelor, Graduate Diploma, PGDip, and MTh students) 

  • Your head-size _______ cm (measure around the head, just above your eyebrows) If you don’t have a tape measure you can either take a measure initially with a piece of string and then measure with a ruler.  

The cost for regalia hire is $40 for DipCS and DipCEd students. This is because you do not require a mortar board (hat).

The cost for all other students is $60. 

Laidlaw supplies the hoods for the qualifications earned with us; please remind us if you have earned more than one qualification with Laidlaw.  

If you would like to hire a surplus hood to represent a previous degree from another institution, please contact us with the details promptly and we will endeavor to secure the hire – the hire fee for a non-Laidlaw hood is $20.  

Please email your head-size and/or height to [email protected] and make your payments no later than Thursday 16 November.  

If paying by internet banking, please include the following information and let us know by email that you have paid for our records.    

Instructions for Internet Banking
Particulars: Your Name
Reference: 4612-0086 



At the graduation evening we read a brief bio about each graduating student. This makes it more interesting (and merry!) for the many people who come to the evening. We would like each of you to write 50-70 words introducing yourself and sharing a little about your Laidlaw journey and what has stood out for you. You can make it funny or heartfelt or both. This will be read over you as you come up to the stage - we really like to personalise your moment in the spotlight. Please send your bio to [email protected] no later than Friday 24 November (Bullet points are acceptable).  



You will receive an e-invite to graduation that you can distribute to your loved ones. This year we have a large number of students expecting to graduate, therefore you may invite 5 people. Please email mtaakimoeaaka@laidlaw on how many people you intend on inviting by Friday 1st December. We understand some people might want to invite more than 5 people, if that is the case, please speak to Mele.