April 03, 2014
Record graduation at Whakatane wananga
Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi is preparing to graduate a record 2500 graduates.
That’s up from the 2220 who received diplomas, certificates, and degrees last year.
More than 90 per cent of the graduates are Maori.
Vice-Chancellor Graham Hingangaroa Smith says the total includes almost 200 undergraduate degrees, more than 20 masters and six doctorates.
He says it’s outstanding achievement for a relatively small institution, and it’s in keeping with its vision to produce graduates who are well equipped to contribute to the development of their communities, hapu, iwi and nation.
The graduation ceremony on April 9 will include a procession through the centre of Whakatane from Wairaka Marae to the wananga, a speech by Professor Dame Anne Salmond, and the presentation of honorary doctorates to Ngaiterangi leaders Hauata Palmer and Kihi Ngatai and educator Georgina Kingi.
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