NMIT graduates celebrate landmark day
Parade marks academic achievementJAMES GREENLAND
Hundreds of Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology graduates paraded through the central city yesterday to celebrate reaching the end of their studies.
Following a jubilant pipe band, the procession marched from Rutherford Hotel through Trafalgar St and back to NMIT's Nelson campus, where many students and their families congregated for champagne and lunch.
The ceremony itself ran over time, due to no fault of NMIT board chairman Ross Butler and chief executive Tony Gray, who both kept their formal speeches short and sharp.
Studying at tertiary is a "juggling act", a balance of study, work and life commitments, that at times can seem overwhelming, Mr Butler said.
It takes "sacrifice and commitment" to complete a course of study, and all graduates should be proud of their achievement, he said.
"Walk up here with pride," he told them.
"Today marks the end of one journey and the start of another."
After several graduation ceremonies, Mr Gray knows how to hold a crowd. He told two very funny stories before becoming serious. He thanked the graduates, for "without [them] there would be no NMIT".
This year's was the largest group of graduates in the institute's history, he said. And all of them, no matter what they studied, yesterday took their place "amongst the fortunate".
"No matter where you started, as of today you are all privileged," Mr Gray said.
"You all have boundless opportunity in front of you.
"For all you who are graduating today, we wish you every success. Don't forget NMIT," he said.
Traditionally NMIT has held its graduation ceremony at the Trafalgar Centre but fortunately, as that building was closed last week due to earthquake risk, this year it had already decided to shift the event to the Rutherford Hotel.
Because the new venue was smaller, NMIT held five separate ceremonies to ensure all graduates and those parents who wished were able to attend.
Marlborough-based students celebrated their graduation on Wednesday and more Nelson students were given their degrees and diplomas at two ceremonies on Thursday. Certificate in Te Tuara me Te Tinana o te Reo students graduated at Whakatu Marae earlier this month.
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