Street parades

The street parades are a highlight of our graduation celebrations. We encourage all graduates to take part in the parade for their faculty.

Parade date and time

The date and time of the parade you will attend will be sent to you at the same time as your confirmed ceremony date and time.

2023 parade dates

Parade 1—12 pm, Tuesday 16 May

  • Wellington School of Business and Government
  • Wellington Faculty of Law
  • Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation
  • Wellington Faculty of Health

Parade 2—12 pm, Thursday 18 May

  • Wellington Faculty of Engineering
  • Wellington Faculty of Science
  • New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī
  • Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Wellington Faculty of Education

Assembly point

Each parade will leave the Law School, Government Buildings, Lambton Quay at 12 pm.

Arrive at 11.30 am and assemble behind your faculty sign, wearing your academic dress.

Graduation parade route

We will walk from the Law School along Lambton Quay and Willis Street, before turning down Mercer Street and into Te Ngākau Civic Square.

At this point there will be speeches that congratulate all graduates.

A map showing the street parade route during graduation.

Safety information

The parade is for graduates only. For legal and safety reasons, family and friends must remain on the footpaths.

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.

Cancellation procedures

The decision to cancel the parade will be made by 11 am, based on the information available to us at that time.

If the parade is cancelled, notices will be placed on the Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington Facebook page and on our website 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.