Congratulations to the students

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 17:34 13/12/2013
LAUREN HAYES/The Southland Times

The 2013 SIT graduation parade makes it way through Invercargill this afternoon.

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Today marked the end of a lot of hard slog for the hundreds of Southern Institute of Technology students celebrating their graduation.

This year, the polytechnic will stage two graduation ceremonies, both to be held at the Civic Theatre this afternoon.

SIT education consultant Trish Lindsay said the split was necessary as a large number of graduates had chosen to attend the ceremony with their families this year. 

In total, 745 students graduated today, with 380 electing to attend the official ceremonies.

SIT chief executive Penny Simmonds said the numbers of students attending the graduation ceremony had increased since 2010, when 211 graduates elected to receive their qualifications in person.

The first graduates of the new Bachelor of Commerce degree, introduced at the polytechnic this year, will also walk across the stage this afternoon.

Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt is the guest speaker at both ceremonies, the first of which started at 2pm.

Following the second ceremony, which began at 3.30pm, graduates and staff paraded along Esk, Kelvin, Don and Tay streets before returning to SIT's main campus.

For the full list of graduates click here 

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