Downtown Tauranga shoppers cheered on Bethlehem Tertiary Institute’s record number of graduates as they marched to the Holy Trinity Church graduation ceremony on Saturday afternoon.
A group of 99 in their blue and gold graduation gowns paraded along The Strand and Devonport Road before being awarded degrees and diplomas from the institute’s teaching and counselling programmes.
Bethlehem Tertiary Institute students paraded along the Strand and up Devonport Rd before their graduating ceremony at Holy Trinity Church. Photos: Daniel Hines and Tracy Hardy.
The graduates taking part in the ceremony include 11 from Tonga who had just completed teaching diplomas, who put on a cultural performance at the ceremony.
BTI Off-shore Teaching Programme Co-ordinator Marion Sanders says it was a thrill to have the students from Tonga involved in the graduation ceremony. They had completed their course part-time over four years.
“They really value being BTI students and were so determined to be present at graduation that they engaged in fundraising activities to finance their trip. It gave us great joy to have them participate in our celebrations.”
Including students who were unable to make the graduation ceremony – a total of 126 graduated in BTI’s teacher and counsellor programmes.