More than 2000 students are eligible to graduate with degrees, diplomas and certificates at UCOL graduation ceremonies in Palmerston North next week.
The achievements of 2020 graduands - a 20 per cent increase in numbers from the past two years - will be celebrated at the March 11 and 12 ceremonies.
UCOL deputy chief executive academic Bonnie Dewart said graduation was the result of personal and financial commitment and hard work from students.
"As well as celebrating the achievements of students, UCOL graduation ceremonies also recognise the contribution of friends and families, and of UCOL academic and support staff."
A total of 228 students are eligible to graduate with degrees and diplomas from the humanities and business, and trades and technology faculties at the 10am ceremony on March 11.
The two largest groups are from the bachelor of applied visual imaging, and information and communications technology, with 39 and 23 graduands respectively.
Two UCOL council awards will be awarded - to furniture designer Noel Brown, an honorary fellowship, and InspireNet founder James Watts, an honorary associate award, for their work in the wider community.
Health science degrees and diplomas will be awarded at the 2.30pm ceremony, with 109 nursing students forming the largest group of graduands.
Youth One Stop Shop director Trissel Mayor will be awarded the UCOL council award, honorary associate, for her contribution to the wider community.
Manawatu Mayor Margaret Kouvelis is the guest speaker for the March 11 ceremonies.
The recipients of certificate qualifications, including students from the humanities and business, trades and technology, health science, and education delivery and innovation faculties, will graduate on March 12. UCOL sports science lecturer and Brazilian jiu-jitsu exponent Vaughan Antonio will be the guest speaker.
At the conclusion of each ceremony, graduates, their families, staff and members of the official party will march along Broadway Ave and Princess St to the atrium at the UCOL campus.
- Manawatu Standard
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