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Open Polytechnic celebrates graduation

The Open Polytechnic

Media Release: Immediate

Date: 30 May 2014

Open Polytechnic celebrates graduation

Education at its heart is about empowerment and achievement, something the Open Polytechnic values, Hamilton- based graduate, Abigail Willemse, told fellow graduates at the institution’s Auckland graduation ceremony this week (29 May).

This year’s Auckland graduate speaker, Abigail graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Library & Information Studies and Humanities) from the Open Polytechnic, the only distance learning institution that offers a degree in Library and Information Studies.

“The best part about studying at the Open Polytechnic was being able to study in my own time and where I liked. While studying full time and part time respectively, I was able to get practical experience on the side,” says Abigail.

In her speech, Abigail acknowledged the role family support played in helping the mainly adult graduates achieve their goals, adding that each graduate should be proud of their hard work and achievements.

“Although we stand here today in our academic splendour, we know that it is not just we who have achieved this- it is everyone here- our families, friends- those people who sat with us, sacrificed time and money to help support our learning journeys. This pride belongs to all of us.”

Held at the Auckland Town Hall, the ceremony was the third of the distance education specialist’s graduation ceremonies this year, with events held in Christchurch and Wellington earlier in the month.

Two students were also recognised by the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) at the Auckland ceremony.

Susan Hays and Timothy Cunliffe both received awards from NZICA’s Christian Wilson for their excellent academic achievements.

Susan was the top graduate New Zealand Diploma in Business (Accounting) and Timothy achieved his Bachelor of Business (Accounting). Both have plans for future study.

“I have thought about maybe getting my accounting technician qualification next. I think if anyone is considering study while working it is important to take it one step at a time. It is not always easy, but the Open Polytechnic tutors are very supportive. I also had great support from other student’s online and of course, support from friends and family.”

One hundred and ninety graduates attended the Auckland ceremony, receiving their diploma and degrees in a range of subjects including early childhood education, business, engineering technology, psychology, communication, information and library studies, humanities and health.

Nationwide, over 1100 students received their diplomas and degrees in 43 specialist subject areas from the Open Polytechnic this graduating year.


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