University welcomes newest graduates to our alumni community

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington acknowledges and celebrates the 2,578 graduates who would have crossed the stage next week to collect their qualifications in seven graduation ceremonies.

The list of graduates was presented at this week’s University Council meeting to ensure that the qualifications were granted without delay, and the graduates are not disadvantaged by the postponement of ceremonies as a result of COVID-19.

At the Council meeting, Chancellor Neil Paviour-Smith congratulated all graduates for successfully completing their studies, while acknowledging the disappointment of not being able to celebrate with our graduates.

“Let me assure you that as soon as it is safe and practical to do so we want to hold our graduation celebrations and mark this milestone in your life with your friends, whānau, and the wider University community.”

Mr Paviour-Smith also welcomed the graduates to the University’s network of more than 115,000 alumni worldwide.

“This community connects you with some of New Zealand’s, and the world’s, top writers, thinkers, politicians and scientists, sportspeople and artists, business leaders and philanthropists.

“We look forward to seeing what this cohort of graduates contribute locally and globally, as they transition to life outside of the University.”

All graduates will be issued with a digital copy of degree certificates on MyeQuals, the official platform for certified transcripts and degree documents. Graduands will also be sent a physical copy of the certificate and the University will reschedule the ceremonies when it becomes possible.

The decision to postpone the University’s May graduation ceremonies and parades was made in March because of the then rapidly changing situation with COVID-19.