Michael Fowler Centre ceremonies

Graduation ceremonies follow a formal structure. Find information on guests, parking, access and announcements.

In light of the recent announcements by the Government and the evolving situation with COVID-19, we have made the decision to postpone the May graduation ceremonies and parades.

We understand that this will be disappointing for you, your whānau, friends, and supporters who have been looking forward to this. However, the health, safety, and wellbeing of all our students, staff, and community is our top priority and it is clear it is not feasible to proceed with these events as planned.

Qualifications due to be awarded at the May ceremonies will be granted by the University Council at its meeting on 4 May. A digital copy of your certificate will be issued to My eQuals after the meeting.

Once we have a new date for the ceremonies, we will be in touch with further instructions. In the meantime, if you have any questions, contact the graduation office at graduation@vuw.ac.nz.


Children are welcome as guests at the graduation ceremonies, but need to be with an adult that isn't graduating. We don't allow any children in the graduands’ marshalling area or on stage.

Any child over the age of two requires a ticket or if they're under two, they will need to sit on an adult’s knee for the full ceremony.


A range of memorabilia is available to commemorate your graduation, developed in conjunction with VicBooks.

Venue and parking

The Michael Fowler Centre is located in Wakefield Street and is adjacent to Te Ngākau Civic Square. There is a taxi stand directly outside the venue on Wakefield Street and buses stop on nearby Manners Street. Street parking near the Michael Fowler Centre is very limited. Please leave yourself plenty of time to get to the venue.

Sharing on social media

For the latest information, including photos and videos from our graduation ceremonies and street parade, connect with us on social media.

Use our hashtags—#VicUniWgtn or #WgtnGrad—as we’d love to see how you celebrate.

Live streaming

Friends and family who can’t attend your graduation can watch a live video stream of the ceremony. Details will be available on the homepage.


The official photographer for the Victoria University of Wellington graduation ceremonies is Woolf Photography. No other professional photographers are permitted within the Michael Fowler Centre.

Graduates will be photographed as they are congratulated on stage and again after leaving the stage. Roving photographers will take photographs of graduates, family and friends before and after the ceremony. These images will be available online from Woolf Photography within 24 hours.

You can also have a professional studio-style portrait taken before or after your ceremony. The price for these portraits is from $65, payable when the photograph is taken—credit cards, eftpos and cash are accepted. Print and digital packages are available. No bookings are necessary.

Woolf Photography will be set up in the foyer an hour and a half before each ceremony, but photography will finish 30 minutes before the ceremony starts.