Two, four, six, eight, ready now to grad­u­ate

The Tribune (NZ) - - COMMUNITY COOKBOOK - KAROLINE TUCKEY

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.

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