Hundreds celebrate Aoraki graduation

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 14/12/2012
Aoraki graduation
NATASHA MARTIN/Fairfax NZ

ON PARADE: Aoraki Polytech students march along Stafford St to their graduation ceremony yesterday.

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Proud parents and intrigued shoppers lined Stafford St yesterday as Aoraki Polytechnic students marched to their graduation ceremony.

The parade, which started at the Piazza at 3.15pm, attracted hundreds of onlookers.

Graduands, led by the South Canterbury Highland Pipe Band, marched from Stafford St, along George St and onto Barnard St, before finishing at the Theatre Royal for the graduation ceremony at 4.30pm.

Academic registrar Lyn George said the students graduated in a range of fields, including hospitality, tourism, hair and beauty, agriculture and technology, health and education, business, arts and media.

Mitch Cox graduated in General Engineering Level 2.

His mother, Jennifer Smith, waited patiently on Stafford St for the procession to start and hoped to catch a glimpse of her son in the crowd of 328 graduands.

Proud mother Carolyne Todd was also supporting her daughter, Laura Yates, who graduated in beauty therapy.

Olympian Lauren Ellis, an Aoraki Polytechnic graduate, was guest speaker at the graduation.

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