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Celebrating Victoria’s newest graduates

Celebrating Victoria’s newest graduates

More than 2,220 students will mark the successful completion of their studies this week at six graduation ceremonies being held by Victoria University of Wellington.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford says graduation is a time to celebrate the culmination of many years of dedicated study, inspiration and achievement.

“A Victoria University degree is not gained lightly. I urge graduands not to underestimate the significance of their accomplishment or the depth of pride that their family, friends and teachers—both past and present—all feel in their achievements.

“During their studies at Victoria, our school leavers have matured into confident and knowledgeable young adults, while our adult learners have broadened their horizons and proved to themselves that they are capable of achievements their early circumstances did not allow.

“But as well as celebrating success, graduation week is also a chance to say thank you to parents, families, caregivers and friends for the immense contribution they have made to the milestone of graduation.

“I know that this week’s cohort of Victoria graduates will go on to make a valuable contribution to New Zealand and the world and I wish them every success in their future endeavours.”

During graduation week, 36 PhDs will be awarded, along with 2,509 degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Two honorary doctorates will also be awarded this week—award-winning author of The Luminaries Eleanor Catton will receive an honorary Doctor of Literature and public international law, human rights and criminal law scholar Professor Roger Clark will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws.

Parade details

The traditional street parades of staff and graduands will depart from the Law School in the Government Buildings Historic Reserve at noon on both Tuesday and Thursday, and will take around 30 minutes to parade along Lambton Quay and Willis and Mercer Streets to finish in Civic Square.

Parade one—12 noon, Tuesday 13 May
Faculties of Education, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music

Parade two—12 noon, Thursday 15 May
Faculties of Architecture and Design, Law, Toihuarewa and Victoria Business School.

If a graduation parade is cancelled due to wet weather, notification will be given on Newstalk ZB from 11am on the morning of the parade, and on the Victoria University of Wellington website: www.victoria.ac.nz.


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