Graduation ceremonies

We hold graduation ceremonies twice a year, in May and December. You can learn more about them, and what you need to do to participate, here.

December graduation

There will be three ceremonies held in December.

Ceremony 1—Wednesday 10 December, 4.30pm

  • Victoria Business School
  • Faculty of Toihuarewa

Ceremony 2—Thursday 11 December, 10.30am

  • Faculty of Architecture and Design
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Science 

Ceremony 3—Thursday 11 December, 4.30pm

  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music

Deadlines and advance graduation

If you want to graduate in December you need to apply to graduate by 1 October. 

Advance graduation applications for December are due on 1 September.

May graduation

Applications for the May 2015 ceremonies close on 1 March 2015. Advanced Graduation applications for May are due on 1 February 2015.  

Academic dress

When taking part in any Victoria graduation ceremony you must wear academic dress. Graduands are reminded to apply for academic dress by 1 March for May ceremonies or 1 October for December ceremonies. More information is available at our Academic Dress page.


These processions are a highlight of graduation celebrations and graduating students from all ceremonies are encouraged to take part. During graduation week staff and students parade in full academic dress through Wellington city, proceeding from the Law School, Old Government Buildings on Lambton Quay through to the Civic Centre.

December parade

The street parade for December 2014 graduation will take place on Thursday 11 December, leaving from the Law School at 3pm. Graduates and graduands should assemble at 2.45pm wearing full academic dress.

Friends and family

The number of friends and family you can invite to your graduation ceremony is limited due to space restrictions at the Michael Fowler Centre. You will be informed about the number of guests you can invite in the material sent by the Graduation Office six weeks before your ceremony.

Te Hui Whakapūmau

Te Hui Whakapūmau is an opportunity for graduands and their whānau to celebrate their achievement in a Māori dimension through tikanga Māori. The ceremony is in addition to the main graduation ceremonies held at the Michael Fowler Centre where the actual conferring/granting of degrees takes place.

Which graduation ceremony do I take part in?

Ceremonies are held twice a year, in May and December, at the Michael Fowler Centre in central Wellington.

If you complete your qualification at the end of the year, you would normally graduate in the May ceremonies of the following year; if you complete mid-year, you would normally graduate in the December ceremonies. If you complete in Trimester Three you must apply for advance graduation if you wish to graduate in May. You can apply to graduate at a subsequent ceremony as long as it is within 12 months of completing your qualification.

Graduation photos

Take a look at photos from the May 2014 graduation parades and ceremonies.

Photos from the ceremonies can be found at Photography by Woolf (click Portfolios/Events/Graduations).