Record graduation for tertiary institution

Record number graduates

Last updated 15:25 14/12/2012
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PREPARED: Students enjoy their graduation in the streets of Nelson.

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The largest ever cohort of Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology students have celebrated their success today in the school’s annual graduation ceremony.

After a ceremony at the Trafalgar Centre, the students joined a pipe band for the traditional parade down Trafalgar St and up to the NMIT campus itself.

But the parade suffered from an early glitch, after mistaken navigation saw the students walk up Halifax St, rather than cross the footbridge where their police escort was waiting.

Speaking at the ceremony, NMIT chief executive Tony Gray said this year's cohort of graduates was the largest the polytechnic had ever had, with today's ceremony bringing the total number of graduates this year to more than 1000.

Graduation day celebrated the steps each student had taken in planning for their future, he said.

Diploma in Contemporary Music graduate Antonio Sardella, 20, said he felt ‘‘pretty great’’ to graduate.He was not sure what he would do now, but he knew he would definitely continue to pursue musical studies.

‘‘I never see myself doing anything else.

‘‘The door’s are all wide open for me.’’

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- The Nelson Mail

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