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Graduating students break records

Jun 2nd, 2016 | By | Category: Multimedia, News


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Victoria University graduates celebrate their success.

Victoria University notched up another big milestone last week with the biggest number of graduating students the university has ever had.

2,353 students were awarded with 2,627 qualifications at six different ceremonies in the capital.

According to the university’s website the high numbers of  graduates was due to many students doing more than one qualification.

The graduating students and university staff marched from the university into the city ahead of the ceremonies accompanied by families and friends.

In post-family1new properProud mother Dierdra Von Lanthen Left, says her daughter Francesca  who graduated with a BA and a graduate diploma in education, is the first of her children to graduate.

Francesca Von Lanthen is now in her first job, working as a primary school teacher and is starting the process of paying off her student loan.

As the parade gathered in the Wellington’s  Civic Centre, Vice Chancellor, Grant Gilford told the graduates to celebrate this milestone and commit to lifelong learning.

Kathleen Baker, RIGHT,  student at Victoria graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in english literature and theatre. Headshot-Kathleen

She credited her success to hard work and sleepless nights.

“It’s kind of unexpected but expected once you’re in the middle of it, it’s just what you do,” she says.

She is also teaching now.

The aspiring actor‘s advice to others thinking of going to university is to do what you want to do.

“This is what I wanted to do and I never had second thoughts about it. If this is what you’re interested in then go for it,” she says.

Headshot-SteveSteve Richardson, LEFT, found university a struggle but is glad that he made it over the line.

“I kind of dropped my game in third year, I didn’t do as well as I should of. I’m kind of sad about that but then fourth year I picked back up,” he says.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering with first class honours and hopes to go on to do something in engineering overseas.

Vice Chancellor, Grant Gilford finished his speech by encouraging students to be active in their city, contribute their actions, thinking and ideas to the future of New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region.

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