Festive spirit as Whitireia celebrates student success

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This year’s graduation ceremony is officially done and dusted, and the event went down in typically colourful fashion. A crowd of over 2,000 turned out to see around 450 graduates from the Faculties of Arts, Business & IT, Health and Te Wānanga Māori celebrate their success with whānau, friends, peers and academic staff.

There were also a number of milestones celebrated at this year’s ceremony, including the 30th birthday of Whitireia, and the graduation of the institution's first Masters graduate and first Toi Poutama (Māori Arts) graduate. Leutele Grey graduated with a Master of Information Technology, while Moana Hilliard graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Toi Poutama).

Graduation 2016 Tane Williams-Accra

Student speaker Tane Williams-Accra

The event was only made more vibrant by the numerous haka, karanga, waiata and general acknowledgment received by each graduate as they crossed the stage. This is something that undoubtedly sets the Whitireia graduation ceremony apart. You would be hard-pressed to find a more festive ceremony anywhere in the world; it is an event that truly captures the spirit of Whitireia.

Graduation 2016 Haka for graduates

Whanau haka for a graduate

Congratulations to all those who graduated on Thursday, we wish you every success.

Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe he maunga teitei
(Seek the treasure you value most dearly; if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain)

For more images, see the gallery on the Whitireia Facebook page.

Graduation 2016 BNM graduates

Bachelor of Nursing Māori graduates