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.
The May graduation ceremonies will be held on 13-15 May.
Ceremony 1 – Tuesday 13th 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 13th May, 6pm
- Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Schools of Social and Cultural Studies, Art History, Classics & Religious Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, and the Graduate School of Nursing and Midwifery)*
- Faculty of Education
Ceremony 3 – Wednesday 14th May, 1.30pm
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Science
Ceremony 4 – Wednesday 14th May, 6pm
- Faculty of Architecture and Design
- Faculty of Law
Ceremony 5 – Thursday 15th May, 1.30pm
- Victoria Business School (Schools of Accounting & Commercial Law, Government, and Marketing & International Business)*
Ceremony 6 – Thursday 15th 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 home faculty when listed alphabetically. Graduands from these faculties will be advised of their ceremony in mid March.
Application for the May 2014 ceremonies close on the 1st March. Students completing in March must apply for Advanced Graduation through their faculty office by 1st February.
Graduands are reminded to apply for academic dress before 1st March. 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.
Te Hui Whakapūmau
Te Hui Whakapūmau is a celebration for Māori graduands and their whānau. It is held at Te Herenga Waka Marae preceding the formal graduation ceremony at the Michael Fowler Centre. The hui does not replace the graduation ceremony.
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.