Yes!! I can officially say I have my Masters degree!!
Unitec Graduation Day 4th April 2012 Auckland Town Hall, Auckland.
I graduate with Master of Architecture (Professional) with honours.
The journey to graduation was a great ride. A lot of last minute preparations but it was a blessing to make it.
It all started at Albert Park in the Auckland CBD. This was the meeting point for all the graduands who wanted to do the graduation march. I didn’t take my graduation seriously until I was marching down Queen Street with all the graduands heading towards the Auckland Town Hall. The graduation march started with this grunty Unitec truck, containing Cook Island drummers creating beautiful beats which set the mood for the march. The sounds of the Pacific came from this truck forging a pathway for the graduates to follow. It was a formal parade of accomplishment and a journey for all of these graduands.
What made me appreciate this moment was witnessing all the graduands all dressed up in black gowns with a funny looking cap, all smiling and looking up towards the high rise buildings surrounding Queen St. Also, the families walking alongside their graduands with a proud smile and snapping away with their cameras.
I am lucky to have my own cameraman who followed me from Albert Park all the way down to the Auckland Town Hall. So it is great to document these moments for my future generations to come.
Now we finally make it to the graduation ceremony at the Auckland Town Hall. The speeches from the CEO of Unitec and special guest Architect Pete Bossley reinforced this day as a special moment of celebrating our accomplishment and looking forward to our careers as creatives. I enjoyed my 25 seconds of fame walking on stage, listening to the loud cheers from family and friends, taking time to receive that qualification. I will always remember all the support from family and friends who kept me on my feet during the late nights and sacrifices. What made this day special was having my immediate family watch me receive my certificate. Now I am a GRADUATE!! 🙂
Making the most of it at Aotea Square, Auckland CBD
I go back to my roots of studies, the Fale at Unitec :).
Going back to where all my blessings come from, my grandma. 🙂
It was a glorious day of accomplishments and the first step to a new world (THE REAL WORLD). It has been an awesome journey to remember and also to acknowledge family, friends and staff members. I wouldn’t get this done without my parent’s support and also my faith. Now I am heading towards new challenges and exciting opportunities.