It was fantastic to see distance students graduating in Auckland this week. Seeing their nervously ecstatic faces cross the stage encourages me to keep focused on my own study. Takapuna City is a great place to parade and celebrate. The shops and restaurants filled with graduates and their families creates a real buzz on the main street which is lined with spectators as we parade past.
EXMSS will be supporting the Palmerston North graduations too. I will be one of the lucky ones on stage watching each student get capped but EXMSS also has an evening celebration that marks graduations for distance students in a very special way.
The EXMSS Graduation Dinner will be on the 17th of May, tickets cost $45 and that provides a complimentary glass of bubbles and a three course meal. But the highlights of the evening are often said to be the guest speaker (this year it is Richard Shaw) and the graduate’s stories.
After dinner graduates are given the opportunity to say a few words about their journey and this gives people like the Massey support staff, VC and Chancellor a direct insight into what it is like to study by distance at Massey. Such a celebration is a meaningful finish to a student’s journey. Photos’ of the graduates, both individual and as a group with the Chancellor and VC are complimentary and round off the experience, described as the ‘best ever’ Massey event for distance students.