EIT Tairawhiti tipped the hat to the first of its new entity graduates recently.
The inaugural Celebrate Achievement Ceremony was held for those who completed the first of the 2011 short courses.
Campus director Jan Mogford said it was a nice way to applaud those who have completed their first semester courses.
“This is our way of acknowledging your achievements and congratulating you all,” she said.
Nearly 200 packed the Toihoukura Maia Gallery to toast students form the Business and Humanities and Rural and Trades schools.
Mrs Mogford paid tribute to the tutors and support teams who ensured students had everything they needed to succeeded.
That was reiterated by Maori studies tutor Joe Pihema, who also likened the paths of the students to that of Tane, god of te reo Maori who was chosen to go to heaven and bring back three kete of knowledge.
“Your journey will continue as his did – today it continues on. It’s not just about receiving a certificate, but about how you apply it in the real world.”
Horticultural graduate William Turei Hindmarsh extended a heartfelt thanks to Uawa tutor Nathan Foote.
“On behalf of Tolaga Bay, we thank you – we’ve really enjoyed it (the course) and are grateful to have it in our community.”
He, along with his wife Inez and nephew Shane all completed their National Certificate in Horticulture (introductory) and plan to return next semester to continue their studies.
Students from Mahia as well as the coast joined their Gisborne counterparts for the celebration.