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2200 students graduating from VUW this week – six ceremonies, two parades

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Wellington will abound with elated graduands this week as over 2,200 graduating students from Victoria University of Wellington celebrate the successful completion of their studies.

A total of 2,496 qualifications will be awarded to 2,256 students across six ceremonies, with additional celebrations for Māori and Pasifika graduands. Across the ceremonies, 52 will graduate with a PhD.

There are two formal parades of staff and graduands, starting at 12pm on Tuesday and Thursday. The parades run from Old Government Buildings along Lambton Quay to Civic Square.

A record 103 graduands have disabilities, the highest number for any of Victoria’s graduation periods, and Victoria University Chancellor Sir Neville Jordan says the University is especially proud to see these students graduate.

Sir Neville says graduating is a significant accomplishment, and for all graduating students, marks the culmination of many years’ hard work.

“Getting to this point requires not only serious study, but commitment, sacrifice and a willingness to challenge the mind. Throughout their study, our graduates have gained new knowledge, and importantly, developed new skills that will stay with them for life.

“They also now join Victoria’s alumni community who, here in Wellington and across the country and the globe, are contributing to the communities around them. Many have gone on to be leaders, entrepreneurs, creators and influencers, and whatever the chosen path of our new graduates, they can take pride in knowing they have in them, the foundations for success.

“It’s great to see our students with disabilities are achieving academically in large numbers. We take our responsibility in this area seriously and will keep working with our 1,400-strong community of students with disabilities to support their personal and academic achievement, and strengthen our commitment to inclusion.”

“On behalf of the University, I applaud each of the graduands for their academic achievements and wish them well in their future endeavours.”

Sir Neville encourages members of the public to celebrate with the graduands.

“Sharing graduation with the wider community is a memorable moment and makes each and every graduate feel special. We invite the public to come to the parades and enjoy the celebration.”

Graduation ceremonies

Tuesday 16 May

Ceremony One, 1.30pm
Victoria Business School (includes graduands from School of Information Management, School of Management, and School of Marketing and International Business)

Ceremony Two, 6pm
Victoria Business School (includes graduands from School of Accounting and Commercial Law, School of Economics and Finance, and School of Government)

Wednesday 17 May

Ceremony Three, 1.30pm
Faculties of Architecture and Design and Law

Ceremony Four, 6pm
Faculties of Engineering and Science

Thursday 19 May

Ceremony Five, 1.30pm
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (includes graduands from Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies, School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies, School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations, School of Languages and Cultures, and New Zealand School of Music)

Ceremony Six, 6pm
Faculties of Education, and Humanities and Social Sciences (includes graduands from the International Institute of Modern Letters, School of Linguistics and Applied, School of Language Studies, School of Social and Cultural Studies, Te Kawa a Māui and Va’aomanū Pasifika)