Wed 3 Feb 2021

Grad bigger than ever

This year’s Graduation event is set to be WITT’s biggest ever, with over 400 graduating students and 1200 guests registered to attend.

The ceremony will take place on Friday 19 February at TSB Stadium on Rogan Street, following a public street parade in New Plymouth’s CBD. The event has outgrown its previous venue at the TSB Showplace.

Chief Executive John Snook said needing to find a bigger venue for this year was a good problem to have.

“It’s fantastic to see so many students graduating this year, especially after the challenges and disruptions of 2020. It says a lot about the resilience and māia of these learners – they stuck with it and have proven to themselves, their whanau and their community that they’ve got what it takes.”

He said that it’s not only an individual achievement, it’s an a milestone of success for the region.

“This is a celebration for everyone. As members of the Taranaki community, as employers, as business owners, we all benefit from the mahi of those who choose to invest in themselves through education. These graduating students are the future workforce of our region.”

In addition to Graduation Day, a Māori & Pacific Student Celebration will be held in the New Plymouth campus whare, Te Piere, on Thursday 18 February. Whānau, friends and supporters are invited to celebrate the achievements or Māori and Pacific learners alongside graduating students, staff and current students.

This year, over 1000 students will have their qualifications conferred. Those who are unable or don’t wish to attend the ceremony will receive their qualifications by post.

“Graduation is the most important day of the year for Te Kura Matatini o Taranaki as an institute and for the graduating students who finally get to cross that stage to receive their hard-earned qualification. They’ve put in hundreds of hours of mahi to get to this point and deserve to be celebrated.”

Live stream details will be available at on the day.