by George Clark
Brimming with nervous excitement, 67 graduands walked down Stafford St and then made their way on to the stage at Ara Institute of Canterbury’s Timaru graduation ceremony last week to become graduates.
The street parade was led by police and four pipers, as proud family and whanau watched from the sidelines.
Kaiarahi Te Marino Lenihan opened the ceremony at the Southern Trusts Events Centre with a mihi and chairwoman of council Therese Arseneau extended a welcome to the graduands and guests.
Liam Delaney, who was set to graduate with a New Zealand Diploma in Business (leadership and management) represented his fellow students with a speech to the audience and his graduating class.
Although his first graduation, this was not Mr Delaney’s first tertiary education.
He grew up in Timaru, moving to Christchurch for university before deciding it was not for him. He then moved to Wellington where he worked for a few years before returning to his hometown when his wife found a job as a nurse.
“There was not a job here for me which matched the skills that I had, so I thought why not try education again. I enrolled with Ara for a business management diploma because I thought it was versatile and I could do a lot with it.”
While he was not set on how he wanted to use his qualification yet, Mr Delaney admitted he dreamed of opening a brewery with his friend and managing the business side.
In his speech Mr Delaney celebrated the success of his classmates.
“Congratulations and well done. We made it! Whether this is the beginning, middle, or end of your study at Ara I wish you all the best with your goals. Dream big, work hard and don’t be afraid to start.”