Students from the College of Creative Arts in the annual commencement photo on the steps of the Wellington campus Museum Building.


Let the academic year begin

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Students arrived en masse this week to welcome ceremonies at all three campuses.

In Wellington, there was a powhiri in the Museum Building’s Great Hall on Tuesday for all students and a separate welcome for those from the College of Creative Arts.

College Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Sally Morgan cited the example of celebrated painter and print-maker, the late John Drawbridge, a former teacher at the School of Design as someone to aspire to. “Get ready to work,” Professor Morgan said. She also told students this was a special year for the college, with its foundation branch, the Wellington School of Design, marking 125 years in existence.

At Albany, more than 1000 new students and their families packed the Bruce Mason Centre on Monday night, a symbolic venue where the academic journey begins and, for those who graduate in the years ahead, will culminate. Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey welcomed the news students via video, while the University’s Regional Director (Auckland) Professor Paul Spoonley spoke about the importance of having tertiary education in a challenging job market. Bachelor of Business Studies alumnus Michael Goudie, who represents Albany as a councillor on the new Auckland (“super”) City Council, reiterated that, saying his experience at Massey helped him in his life and subsequent career. On the University Facebook page and his Twitter site Mr Goudie describes orientation week as “best week of the year.”

At Manawatu, 750 new domestic and international students arrived on campus to begin their studies. The students – many of whom will live on the campus in the halls of residence – are taking part in a week-long induction and welcome programme. It began on Monday night with a commencement dinner for 1200 guests including students and their families. It includes team-building activities and workshops ranging from study tips, to health and safety.

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