Open Polytechnic celebrates Auckland graduation

Posted by Open Polytechnic on 16 May 2012

The Open Polytechnic is proud to be celebrating study success with its students this week (17 May) at its Auckland graduation ceremony.

The nation’s specialist provider of distance learning, the Open Polytechnic holds ceremonies in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch each year.

“This year’s ceremonies are a special highlight for us as we acknowledge the first of our Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) graduates since the launch of our new degree. We are delighted to be a part of upskilling the nation in this exciting and important field,” says Dr Caroline Seelig, Open Polytechnic Chief Executive.

The ceremony will also see three Open Polytechnic business students receive awards for achievement in their respective accounting and taxation courses. Sarah Baldock and Andrew McCrindle will receive awards of excellence from the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants for top marks in first and second year accounting papers. Carol Bovey will receive an award from the Tax Agents Institute of New Zealand for her top mark in the taxation course of the New Zealand Diploma in Business.

Nearly 200 graduates will receive their diploma and degrees at the Auckland ceremony being held at the ASB Theatre in the Aotea Centre.

Guest speaker for the evening is Sir Ray Avery.

Nationwide, over 900 students will receive their diplomas and degrees from the Open Polytechnic this graduating year.

Image: Early Childhood Education graduates Natalie Martin (left) and Miranda Andrews celebrate together after receiving their degrees at Open Polytechnic's Wellington graduation ceremony earlier this month.