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Wintec students set to celebrate delayed graduation

More than 600 Wintec graduates will be donning regalia and celebrating in Hamilton next week as they finally get presented their well-deserved qualifications. 

Due to Covid-19 and the onset of Omicron, Wintec made a call to postpone its graduation ceremonies earlier this year, moving its 2022 graduation ceremonies from March to Tuesday 27 September and Wednesday 28 September. 

During the much-anticipated wait, Wintec itself experienced changes with an early move into Te Pūkenga - the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, in June this year.  For the first time in the vocational sector, graduates will be presented with their qualifications by Te Pūkenga Chair of Council Murray Strong. He will do this alongside Wintec Toi Ohomai Transitional Lead Dr Leon Fourie, and Wintec Executive Dean, Dr Shelley Wilson at the four ceremonies next week.  

Dr Fourie says: “It’s fantastic that graduation can happen now. It’s been a long journey for some of our graduates to get to this day and it’s really important to celebrate our students’ success and acknowledge their whānau and friends who support them, alongside our excellent, dedicated staff. Our graduates have changed their lives through education, and we need to acknowledge that.” 

There are four ceremonies taking place over the two days of celebration at the Globox Arena Claudelands. All the ceremonies will be live streamed on the Wintec Facebook page. You can find out more information here

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