The University of Waikato has more than 84,000 alumni – graduates of foundation, undergraduate, higher and postgraduate qualifications. This figure grows by more than 3000 each year following graduation ceremonies. All graduates of the University i.e. former students who have completed an assessed and approved qualification, current and former staff, former international, Study Abroad and Exchange students, and those with an active interest in the University are welcomed as members of our Alumni and Friends community.

Membership is free, and we encourage alumni to stay in touch as we seek to provide valuable learning opportunities to increase knowledge and skills, relevant news and updates, and networking opportunities. A number of benefits and resources are available to alumni, including free library membership and database access, careers and employment services, postgraduate study, and scholarships for further study. Alumni are also welcome and encouraged to give back to their University, including through volunteering, mentoring, sharing knowledge and expertise with students, and financially.

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Distinguished Alumni Awards

In 2007, the University of Waikato launched the Distinguished Alumni Awards to celebrate Waikato graduates who have made outstanding contributions in their careers or communities. Information on nominating a graduate can be found on the alumni website: