Finishing off the year with graduation celebrations


Graduates celebrate in Palmerston North following last year's ceremony


More than 400 students will graduate on Friday at the Regent on Broadway as part of Massey University’s graduation celebrations in Palmerston North.

Across three ceremonies there will be 461 students crossing the stage, with 135 receiving master’s degrees and 39 receiving doctorates.

Professor Emeritus Sir Mason Durie will be bestowed with an honorary doctorate in ceremony three. Among his many successes, he helped establish the School of Māori Studies, Te Pūtahi-a-Toi in 1988. He was head of the school for 14 years before being appointed as Massey’s first Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Māori).

Other highlights of the day include the conferring of doctoral degrees about consumer behaviour in relation to sustainable/green products, the first exploratory health study of Māori men retired from rugby league in New Zealand, and the effectiveness of mindfulness apps.

Dr Philippa Butler will graduate with a PhD in social anthropology for her thesis on New Zealanders with multiple ethnic identities. She examined the way students who identify with more than one ethnic group navigate their identities and relationships. She is a research officer at Massey’s Institute of Education.

Dr Raewyne Bary will graduate with a Doctor of Education. Her thesis explored the importance of close and affectionate relationships between early childhood teachers and the infants/toddlers they care for. 

Look out for Massey staff who will be on hand to take photos for social media before and after each ceremony. It is a great chance to get some more casual photos with family and friends. These photos will be posted on Facebook, for students to share, like and comment on. We encourage Massey staff to engage with this content. It can be a great outlet for congratulating students, wishing them well for their next stage in life and inspiring future students. 

Twitter and Instagram users attending graduation day, whether in academic robes, family, friends or staff, are encouraged to share highlights using the hashtag #MasseyGrad.

Find out more about November graduation ceremonies.

Manawatū Graduation – Friday November 30

Ceremony One – 9.30am
Massey Business School
Speaker: Ruma Karaitiana
Valedictorian: Fatima Ali Junaid

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Ceremony Two – 12.30pm
College of Sciences
Speaker: John Penno
Valedictorian: Hayley Hunt

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Ceremony Three – 3.30pm
Professional and Continuing Education, College Of Creative Arts, College Of Health and College Of Humanities And Social Sciences
Speaker: Sir Mason Durie
Valedictorian: Martin McMorrow

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