Two, four, six, eight, ready now to graduate
Years of study, assignments, exams and hard work have culminated in celebration for more than 1000 Massey University students graduating this week.
Among them is new doctor of philosophy in geography Simon Vale, who graduated on Monday afternoon. He researched river ‘‘sediment fingerprinting’’ techniques to investigate how they could be used by scientists to distinguish where suspended river sediment came from.
Making new findings for science as part of his research was satisfying, he said.
‘‘There’s a very steep learning curve in some of the techniques I used.’’
The doctorate took ‘‘four years, and a year waiting for it to be reviewed and then to defend it,’’ he said, and had led to a job at Landcare Research.
‘‘Now, I can finally get the thing framed and officially use the word doctor.’’
Ceremonies were held at The Regent on Broadway, each followed by a graduation parade to marquees in The Square for refreshments.
Celebratory events will also be held on Thursday morning to honour Maori graduates, and on Thursday afternoon to honour Pasifika graduates.
Of the 1129 graduating students, 40 will be awarded doctorates and 146 master’s degrees.
The ceremonies were also streamed on YouTube, so family and friends could view it live.
More than 1000 Massey students graduated this week.