Uni celebrates 3,085 qualifications at Spring Graduation
University celebrates 3,085 qualifications at Spring Graduation
Downtown Auckland will take on a celebratory air this week as thousands of graduates and their families converge for the University of Auckland’s Spring Graduation at Aotea Centre’s ASB Theatre, Tuesday 24 September.
Some 2,050 graduates will receive a total of 2,107 qualifications in person at four ceremonies held throughout the day. These include 120 doctorates. A further 976 qualifications will be conferred in absentia, and two posthumously.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland, Stuart McCutcheon says: “I am extremely proud of the calibre of this year’s spring graduates – They have done themselves and the University proud in continuing our tradition of excellence. It is also pleasing to see the continuing trend in high numbers of students graduating with doctorates - Evidence of the University’s commitment to encouraging innovative research.”
Business and Economics is the faculty awarding the most qualifications with 704, followed by Arts (697), and Science (683).
There are 269 in Medical and Health Sciences, 249 in Engineering, 243 in Education, 130 in Creative Arts and Industries, and 110 in Law.
At 9.30am the traditional graduation procession departs from a marquee erected outside Old Government House. Graduands, University staff and Council members will proceed through the city in ceremonial order down Bowen Avenue, Victoria Street East, and up Queen Street to make their way to Aotea Square.
Over 6,000 guests have tickets for the ceremonies at the Aotea Centre, with all four ceremonies to be webcast live, enabling relatives and friends to watch proceedings from anywhere in the world.
Speakers at the ceremonies include Greg Lowe, CEO of the Beca Group; Rhana Devenport, Director of the Auckland Art Gallery; Heather Kean, Director of Human Resources, NZ Milk Products at Fonterra; Shaun Hendy, Industry and Outreach fellow for the Callaghan Innovation, and Professor of Computational Physics at MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology at Victoria University of Wellington.