Telford students and staff were treated to fine weather as
they paraded proudly down the main street of Balclutha
For Lauren Wilson (20), of Dunedin, who graduated with
distinction in Telford certificates of agriculture and farm
management, graduation day was extra special - taking home
five awards and one scholarship.
"I wasn't expecting any of them. It's pretty awesome."
Miss Wilson planned to return to Telford next year to study
for the diploma of rural business.
At the ceremony, Lincoln University vice-chancellor Dr Andrew
West said graduation was a rite of passage.
"I hope you remain working with the land or around it," Dr
Lincoln was committed to Balclutha, and planned to invest in
its Telford campus, he said.
Connecting Telford to broadband, expanding distance learning,
and expanding the university's relationship with the Telford
farm board are among changes mooted by the tertiary provider.
Lincoln hoped to investigate the opportunity of creating a
demonstration farm at Telford - a farm running dairy and beef
commercially and seen by farmers as something to learn from,
It also planned to provide distance education in schools
"Lincoln is not a university of Canterbury farming systems.
We see ourselves playing a bigger part in Otago and
This year's graduation was the second under the banner of
Lincoln University. Telford Rural Polytechnic merged with
Lincoln on January 1, 2011, becoming Telford, a division of
Telford was founded in 1964 as a farm training institute and
Lincoln in 1878 as a school of agriculture.