Thousands of Vic Uni students parade this week

MICHELLE DUFF
EDUCATION REPORTER
Last updated 08:36 15/05/2012
Vic Uni
Well done graduates: Graduation this year will be Victoria's biggest ever.

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Graduation this year will be Victoria's biggest ever, with more than 2000 graduands set to be capped in five  ceremonies.

A total of 2,118 graduands will stroll across the stage at the Michael Fowler centre this week, including 32 PhD graduands.

They include graduands from 88 different degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Professor Pat Walsh says Victoria's graduation ceremonies were a mix of 700-year old tradition, pageantry and celebration with a uniquely New Zealand feel. 

''Graduation week is a celebration of excellence, and it is my pleasure to congratulate our students on their hard work and academic success. With their diverse range of skills and attributes, our graduates make a valuable contribution to New Zealand's economy and society, and I wish them every success for their future endeavours.''

Honorary degrees will also be granted to acclaimed astrophysicist Professor Warrick Couch (Doctor in Science) and well-known Wellingtonian Sir John Anderson (Doctor in Commerce). 

The ceremony is at the Michael Fowler Centre tonighht, for students graduating from the Faculties of Architecture & Design, Engineering and Science.

The traditional street parades will depart from the Law School in the Government Buildings Historic Reserve at noon on both Wednesday and Thursday, and will take around 30 minutes to parade along Lambton Quay and Willis and Mercer Streets to finish in Civic Square, where they will be welcomed by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

Parade one-12 noon, Wednesday 16 May
Faculties of Architecture & Design, Commerce & Administration, Engineering, Law and Science.

Parade two-12 noon, Thursday 17 May
Faculties of Education, Humanities & Social Sciences, Toihuarewa and the New Zealand School of Music.
If the 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.

Ceremony 1: 6pm, Tuesday 15 May
Faculties of Architecture & Design, Engineering and Science

Ceremony 2: 1.30pm, Wednesday 16 May
Faculty of Commerce & Administration

Ceremony 3: 6pm, Wednesday 16 May
Faculties of Commerce & Administration and Law

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Ceremony 4: 1.30pm, Thursday 17 May
Faculties of Education and Humanities & Social Sciences

Ceremony 5: 6pm, Thursday 17 May
Faculties of Humanities & Social Sciences, Toihuarewa and the New Zealand School of Music.  
All ceremonies will take place at the Michael Fowler Centre.

Contact Michelle Duff
Education reporter
Email: michelle.duff@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @michelle_duff

- The Dominion Post

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