Victoria graduates march in celebration

Victoria University grads on parade

SOPHIE SPEER
Last updated 15:11 13/12/2012

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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.

Contact Sophie Speer
Culture and Capital Day reporter
Email: sophie.speer@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @sophie_speer

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