Plenty to Celebrate
Plenty to Celebrate
Next week around 500 students will be graduating from Whitireia New Zealand.
On Friday 22 March, a graduation ceremony will take place at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua. The ceremony at 1pm will see degree, diploma and postgraduate students from the Faculties of Arts, Health and Business graduating from their programmes of study.
The ceremony will be very much a community event attended by the families and friends of the graduands. Diana Crossan, newly appointed CEO of Wellington Free Ambulance will attend as guest speaker with Keri-Mei Zagrobelna, Bachelor of Applied Arts (Visual Arts and Design) graduand speaking on behalf of the students. Keri-Mae was a recipient of a Whitireia Foundation Scholarship in 2011 and 2012. Wellington Free Ambulance has been working in partnership with Whitireia offering the only Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) degree in the region – a partnership that recently celebrated its tenth anniversary.
Guests will be treated to a music performance by Bachelor of Applied Arts (Music) year one student Roimata with Bachelor of Applied Arts (Music) year three student, Mayer, accompanying her on guitar. Whitireia Performing Arts students will form part of the ceremony opening along-side Ngāti Toa Kaumātua, Taku Parai.
Whitireia is proud of every student graduating. We seek to provide our students with a solid foundation on which to build careers in the professions and industries they have chosen and to foster an interest in life-long learning said Don Campbell, Whitireia Chief Executive. “This graduation ceremony is a highlight of our academic calendar”.
Students will be graduating in academic dress. They will parade in their gowns starting at the Porirua campus on Wineera Drive at around 12.20pm and make their way to Te Rauparaha Arena. Executive and academic staff will lead the parade.
In excess of 2500 students, invited guests and staff will take part in the celebrations. This graduation ceremony will end a very busy and commerative week at Whitireia which will also see the official opening of the new Health education training facility at the Porirua campus.