Graduation accomplishments

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Among the 500 Whitireia graduates at a ceremony in March were several Creative Writing students celebrating creativity, craft and a whole lot of hard work.

Richard Anderson, graduating with an Advanced Diploma in Creative Writing, says "I felt I’d really accomplished something I was proud of."

He’s also celebrating a second accomplishment after being awarded a Whitireia Foundation Scholarship which will enable him to complete a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing during 2013.

"I had my doubts about whether I would be eligible but thought I'm going to apply for funding in the future, so now's a good time to practise. Plus I thought what the hell! To actually get one is a huge thing and a great confidence boost," he says.

Fred Sao, who also graduated this year, was featured in Wellington’s daily paper, the Dominion Post, celebrating his movement from being illiterate to graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Creative Writing.

Congratulations to all students!

Fred Sao and Richard Anderson 2013

Fred Sao and Richard Anderson holding the Creative Writing Programme placard. Photo courtesy of Sandi Sartorellia