A record 740 people are graduating in person from Otago Polytechnic today.
More than 320 graduands took the stage for the first of two graduation ceremonies at the Dunedin Town Hall at 12.30pm, the qualifications including Information Technology, Nursing, Physical Activity, Health, Wellness and Sport, as well as business degrees earned through Capable New Zealand.
Another 413 people graduated in person in the second ceremony at 3.30pm, qualifications including those gained through Otago Polytechnic’s Auckland campus, the Dunedin School of Art, as well as Design, Tourism, Early Childhood, and Social Services.
Guest speakers at the ceremonies were former international netballer Jodie Brown and Tahu Potiki.
A total of 840 people graduated in absentia, bringing the total to 1580, eclipsing Otago Polytechnic’s 2017 December graduate record of 1463.