Telford graduates parade through Balclutha

Gown and gumboots were the favoured ensemble for a graduation parade in Balclutha yesterday.

Organisers said 51 students graduated from Telford farm institute just outside Balclutha, taking part in a parade along the town’s Clyde St before a ceremony at its new Te Pou ō Mata-Au Clutha District Memorial and Community Centre.

Telford programme manager Iain Winslade said it was becoming increasingly important to have appropriate qualifications to enter farming, and the institute’s latest crop of graduates were well-equipped to face the challenges of a changing industry.

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