Graduates march down Broadway after this morning’s ceremony
Graduation ceremonies cap off year
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Massey University graduates celebrated their academic success at a record three capping ceremonies in Palmerston North today.
In total, 488 former students from Massey’s three campuses as well as distance learners, graduated.
Forty were awarded a doctoral degree – the highest academic qualification – and another 126 gained master’s degrees. After each ceremony, graduates formed a procession from the Regent on Broadway to The Square and were cheered on by whanaū, friends and well wishers.
Massey University Chancellor Dr Russ Ballard presided over the three ceremonies. He congratulated graduates for their achievements and challenged them to go forward as Massey alumni, make their own contribution, grow their own reputation and add to the University’s proud heritage.
“We do pride ourselves on producing people who put New Zealand on the global map for its innovation, creativity, research and teaching, and we also celebrate all of our ‘can do’ graduates who get out there and make a difference. It’s this performance track that allows us to rightly claim to be the engine that will drive the new New Zealand,” Dr Ballard said.
He told graduates that they will be critical to the future of the social, economic and cultural development of their communities, and that is a responsibility to not take lightly. He urged them to stay connected to Massey, and to continue to work hard and enjoy themselves.
This year more than 6800 people graduated from Massey, including 201 with doctoral degrees.