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.

May Graduation


The May graduation ceremonies will be held on 13-15 May.

Ceremony 1 – Tuesday 13 May, 1.30pm

  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Schools of English, Film, Theatre & Media Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations, Languages and Cultures, Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Te Kawa a Māui, Va'aomanū Pasifika, and the International Institute of Modern Letters)*
  • Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music

Ceremony 2 – Tuesday 13 May, 6pm

  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Schools of Social and Cultural Studies, Art History, Classics & Religious Studies, and the Graduate School of Nursing and Midwifery)*
  • Faculty of Education

Ceremony 3 – Wednesday 14 May, 1.30pm

  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Science

Ceremony 4 – Wednesday 14 May, 6pm

  • Faculty of Architecture and Design
  • Faculty of Law

Ceremony 5 – Thursday 15 May, 1.30pm

  • Victoria Business School (Schools of Accounting & Commercial Law, Government, and Marketing & International Business)*

Ceremony 6 – Thursday 15 May, 6pm

  • Faculty of Toihuarewa
  • Victoria Business School (Schools of Economics & Finance, Information Management, and Management)*

* Graduands from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Victoria Business School will be allocated across two ceremonies based on their school.  School allocations are determined by the first major from their faculty when listed alphabetically. Graduands from these faculties will be advised of their ceremony in mid March.

Further information on the May ceremonies is available in the Graduands’ Handbook which is sent to all graduands in late March. 

Applications for the May 2014 ceremonies are now closed.  

December graduation

Applications for the December 2014 ceremonies close on 1 October. Advanced Graduation applications for December are due on 1 September.

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.

May 2014 parades will depart at midday on Tuesday 13 May (Faculties of Education, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, Science and Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music) and Thursday 15 May (Faculties of Architecture and Design, Law, Toihuarewa and Victoria Business School).

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.

May 2014 graduands can apply for additional tickets using the Ticket & Name Response form. This form can also be used for indicating the pronunciation of your name, or indicating the name you wish to be read on stage.

Note: Additional tickets are not guaranteed. 

Apply for additional tickets 

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 3 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.