Outstanding 2019 graduations ceremonies at the Town Hall

18 April 2019

UC returned to the newly reopened Christchurch Town Hall this week for the first time since the 2010/11 earthquakes, to celebrate the graduation of 1109 graduands over three ceremonies.

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    Back to the future: UC graduations returned to the Christchurch Town Hall this week.

UC returned to the newly reopened Christchurch Town Hall this week for the first time since the 2010/11 earthquakes, to celebrate the graduation of 1109 graduands over three ceremonies.

UC’s new Vice Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Professor Cheryl de la Rey and Chancellor | Tumu Kaunihera Sue McCormack presided over their first graduation in their new roles, assisted by Senior Management Team | Te Ohu Whakahaere, the Records, Examinations and Graduation team and academic staff.

Our many nationalities

UC values the diversity on our campus and has over 100 nationalities represented amongst our students. Students from 46 different countries graduated during this week’s ceremonies with the highest number of students coming from China, followed by India and Malaysia. 

Honorary Doctorate

The gifted editor and publisher Elisabeth Calder was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) at the University’s Arts and Science graduation ceremony on 18 March. Read more here >.

Livestream and photos

The ceremonies were livestreamed on Facebook to enable families outside of Ōtautahi Christchurch to be part of the events and we later published an album of photos celebrating our graduands and their whanau. See the photo album here >.

Graduands – making a difference

On Tuesday 16 April, the College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha, College of Business and Law | Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture, and College of Education, Health, and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora celebrated 813 qualifications, awarded to 768 graduands.

Almost 30 graduands received Doctoral Degrees, 139 received Masters Degrees and 92 graduands were international students.

On Thursday 18 April the College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata and College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao celebrated 341 graduands receiving 353 qualifications, including 21 Doctoral Degrees and 92 Masters Degrees. Of these, 35 graduands were international students and 11 graduands were Māori. 

Ongoing relationships

Graduates become part of the UC Alumni community and the University continues to celebrate their success throughout their careers. Read more here >.

A long history of celebrating success

The first Canterbury College degrees were conferred in 1878 in the Canterbury Provincial Chambers with the ceremonies moving to the College Hall, now the Great Hall of the Arts Centre, after its completion in 1882. Read more here >.

Looking ahead

There are seven Graduation Ceremonies held in Ōtautahi Christchurch each year, as well as one ceremony held in Rotorua for College of Education students based in the Te Ika a Maui North Island centres. End of year graduations will be held on 18 and 20 December 2019.

 

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