Graduands should arrive at the assembly area at the Dunedin Centre, accessible via the Glenroy Auditorium entrance on Harrop Street, in your academic dress 1 hour and 10 minutes before the ceremony starts. Affix the numbered sticker from your guest ticket to the left side of your gown for procession organisation. A staff member will remove it before you cross the stage.

You'll be seated around 40 minutes before the ceremony. Advise your guests that they will need to be seated at least 10 minutes before the ceremony begins.

The ceremony will start with a procession of the Council, academic staff, and University of Otago affiliates. It will include singing the National Anthem in Māori and English, followed by the commencement of degree conferrals. The Graduation Address and singing of Gaudeamus will occur before staff departure, signalling the end of the event.

The graduation ceremony is approximately 90 minutes long. While children are welcome, it might be lengthy for very young ones. Children sitting on laps don't need a guest ticket, but those requiring seats do. Limited storage space is available for prams and pushchairs within the Town Hall complex.