Victoria graduates march in celebration

Victoria University graduates celebrate the completion of their studies at their parade on Lambton Quay.
Victoria University graduates celebrate the completion of their studies at their parade on Lambton Quay.
Tunyada Kampeng, 21, Vasu Danwiboon, 21, and Tamtawan Minwong, 21.
Tunyada Kampeng, 21, Vasu Danwiboon, 21, and Tamtawan Minwong, 21.
Aimee Suhairi, 22, Hajar Abdul Zubir, 24 and Salman Abu Hassan, 24.
Aimee Suhairi, 22, Hajar Abdul Zubir, 24 and Salman Abu Hassan, 24.
Jessica Ch'ng, 23, Ching Ang, 22, and Christina Wong, 23.
Jessica Ch'ng, 23, Ching Ang, 22, and Christina Wong, 23.
Haley Wilson, 21, and Roya Shaida, 22.
Haley Wilson, 21, and Roya Shaida, 22.
Farah Hashim, 22, Nabila Othman, 22, Liyana Misrou, 22, and Hidayah Hasnani, 22.
Farah Hashim, 22, Nabila Othman, 22, Liyana Misrou, 22, and Hidayah Hasnani, 22.
David Futai, 40, and his daughter, Sharnia, 5.
David Futai, 40, and his daughter, Sharnia, 5.
Khajorn Saelao, 20, Nichakamon Pornkeratiwat, 20, Suthanone Dechkerd, 21, and Nithiwadee Ruangjan, 22.
Khajorn Saelao, 20, Nichakamon Pornkeratiwat, 20, Suthanone Dechkerd, 21, and Nithiwadee Ruangjan, 22.

Victoria University Graduates wore caps, gowns and beaming smiles as they marched down Lambton Quay today.

More than 1100 students from seven faculties are celebrating the end of their studies and the beginning of their working lives in three graduation ceremonies over two days. 

About 900 of those took part in the march from the Law School buildings along Lambton Quay to Civic Square at lunch time.

The joy of the students was clear to see as they marched along with their friends and classmates, waving, cheering and posing for family ready with flashing cameras along the footpath.

Pimolporn Inthasuwan came armed with helium balloons and a bubble gun, as she ran alongside her 20-year-old daughter Natnisha, showering her in bubbles.

The graduates were greeted at Civic Square by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

The nights of swot, the essays, the experiments and the lectures were over - but the knowledge they have gained will be used in multiple industries in Wellington and throughout the world, Ms Wade-Brown said.

''Whether you come back or whether you disperse yourselves around the world to share your knowledge, I want you to be our ambassadors for the city.''

A total of 1,166 qualifications, including 57 PhDs, are being awarded in the three ceremonies, being held at the Michael Fowler Centre last night, this afternoon and tonight.

Industrial designer Peter Haythornthwaite will receive an honorary doctorate tonight.

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