Tomorrow will see around 800 students who have completed their study at Whitireia this year graduating at one of two graduation ceremonies being held at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua.
Students from certificate and diploma level programmes from the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Health and Te Wānanga Māori will be graduating on Tuesday, 18 December, at an 11am ceremony while students from the Faculty of Business, Faculty of Services Industries and Faculty of Trades will be graduating at a ceremony starting at 3pm.
These two ceremonies are very much community events. Close to 3000 students, invited guests and staff, will fill the arena during the day to take part in these celebrations.
“It will be great to see so many students graduating in December” said Don Campbell, Chief Executive, Whitireia New Zealand. “Graduation ceremonies are a highlight of our academic calendar. They are a celebration of the success of our students and a hugely satisfying occasion for families, staff, supporters and for all involved in some way” he said.
Guests at each ceremony will be welcomed by Ngāti Toa; followed by addresses by Don Campbell and guest speaker for the morning ceremony will be Olivia Giles, a recent Whitireia graduate, artist and writer while the afternoon ceremony will be addressed by guest speaker, Tim Sheppard, Chair, Whitireia Foundation and Porirua City Counsellor.
These graduation ceremonies will wind up another successful year for Whitireia which has seen the start of a new $16.5 million building at the Porirua campus that will house around 1000 nursing and paramedic students from February 2013.