Street parades

The street parade is a highlight of our graduation celebrations and all graduates are encouraged to take part.

September graduation ceremonies and street parades are cancelled

Unfortunately September graduation ceremonies and street parades have been cancelled.

We will be adding additional ceremonies into December graduation during the week of 7 December and will be back in touch with graduates later in September.

If you have ordered academic dress and don’t wish to attend in December you can request a refund of your academic dress by emailing

A map showing the street parade route during graduation.

Parade information

The parade is for graduates only. While the southbound lane of the parade route will be closed, the northbound lane will remain open for traffic. The bus lane on Lambton Quay will be open to buses while the parade assembles and processes. For legal and safety reasons, family and friends must remain on the footpaths.

Assembly point

The parade will leave the Law School, Government Buildings, Lambton Quay at noon. Please assemble at 11.45 am behind your faculty sign, wearing your academic dress.

On arrival to Te Ngākau Civic Square there will be speeches to congratulate all graduates.

Cancellation procedures

The decision to cancel the parade will be made by 10.30 am, based on the information available to us at that time.

If the parade is cancelled, notices will be placed on the Victoria University of Wellington Facebook page and on our website from 10.30 am on the morning of the parade.

You can also call the University on 0800 04 04 04.

Cancellation will be for the parade only—all ceremonies and receptions will proceed.