A record 500 Otago Polytechnic students will graduate in
person in today's ceremony at the Regent Theatre.
About 460 students graduated at the equivalent ceremony last
A further 410 graduands will graduate in absentia today.
The city's economy is also being boosted this month by six
University of Otago graduation ceremonies, when about 2480
students will graduate, also record or near-record numbers.
About 2460 students, not counting about 50 in Invercargill,
graduated from the university in a series of ceremonies last
A record 1055 people graduated from the university at two
ceremonies on Saturday, December 17, last year, the largest
number to graduate in one day in December in the university's
The equivalent busiest university graduation day this month
is next Saturday, when about 940 people will graduate in
person and in absentia at 1pm and 4pm ceremonies.
About 710 University of Otago students will graduate at two
ceremonies, at 1pm and 4pm, at the Regent Theatre tomorrow.
Otago Polytechnic communications director Mike Waddell said
the record polytechnic graduation reflected a continuing high
level of enrolments at the polytechnic and further roll
The city's business community benefited significantly from
such ceremonies, with friends and family members dining and
using other accommodation and hospitality services.
But there were many wider benefits, some of them also
economic, for Dunedin and Otago arising from the development
of a more skilled workforce in the city, including increased
entrepreneurial activity and a better overall quality of
Having a polytechnic and a university that were both high
quality and successful institutions in the city was ''vital
for a vibrant Dunedin'', he said.
The polytechnic is streaming images of the graduation live on
its internet site - www.op.ac.nz - for the first time, and
also into the nearby Ra Bar in the Octagon, to ensure some
guests who could not attend the large ceremony could still be
involved in ''this special occasion'', officials said.
The university's manager, student administration, David
Cross, said a new system at Otago was making the process of
applying to attend university graduation ceremonies ''easier
for the student'', replacing the previous slow, paper-based
system with rapid confirmation via the internet.