The largest graduation ever held at Whitireia Community Polytechnic took place on the Porirua campus with 400 people celebrating the success of students from the School of Arts. A special marquee was erected to hold the unusually large number of guests and the 102 various arts students.
This was the first time so many of the disciplines within the School of Arts had joined for a graduation. The graduation was for the Certificates and Diplomas in areas of Visual Arts, Film & Television, Design and Multimedia, and Creative Writing.
Head of School of Arts, Drew James, said that having students from all the arts programmes together is a way for the graduates to see and appreciate the achievements of other programmes as well as their own.
"It is a celebration of these graduates' success, and the bigger the better to acknowledge the achievements they have earned by completing their studies. We had to get a marque because we didn't have any building large enough, and didn't want to shift off campus. Having it on campus is significant because this is where they started their studies, and where it should be completed and celebrated. It acknowledges the whenua of our community polytechnic."
The acclaimed Whitireia Performing Arts group gave a performance. Keynote speakers included celebrated writer, Fiona Kidman, and Peter Adsett, a New Zealand artist who recently returned from working and exhibiting in New York.