Whitecliffe Graduation 2010

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The Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design Graduation was held on Friday November 26 at the Aotea Centre.

Michael McHugh, Editor in Chief MiNDFOOD magazine, and Whitecliffe Alumni was the guest speaker at Graduation, and in addition to giving the assembled graduates and their families a fascinating recount of his working history since leaving Whitecliffe, Michael offered the following comments and advice:

“In making my dream become a reality I have learnt many things along the way. It didn’t just happen, and it didn’t happen overnight. I had to work at it, learn my craft, and most times along the way I really wasn’t always sure as I moved jobs if I was doing the right thing. But I did believe in myself and the talent I had…so a few clues and tips that I have learnt along the way:

Always show gratitude and say thank you. Smile more. Be polite to receptionists and assistants as they are the gatekeepers of companies that one day you may want to do business with, or work at. Never ask in an interview, so how do I catch a bus, a train or get there. I can tell you now, you will not get the job. Don’t overinflate your CV, be honest, upfront, and friendly and if you are not sure about something, don’t pretend you know the answer…remember everyone has started out somewhere so you are not the first person in the world to feel nervous, anxious, afraid, lonely, poor, or not confident. In time you will find your spot in your chosen industry and start to grow. Remember to harness your dream and turn it into reality.”

Michael concluded his speech with a reminder to the graduates to “enjoy life and the wonderful creative energy and passion and talent that you have. Do not make it hard or over think it. Be happy. Find someone you love, as life is more fun with someone alongside you. Be proud of what you have achieved at Whitecliffe, because one day they may ask you back to speak at graduation!”

Year Four Departmental Prizes:

The following prizes were announced during the BFA degree presentations.

Cooper Watkinson Textiles Fashion Design prize - Awarded to Julia Campbell

Gordon Harris Fine Arts prize - Awarded to Ngaru Drum

National Bank Graphic Design prize - Awarded to Ha Ra Kang

Progear Photography prize - Awarded to Sofia Freeman

Studio Arts Supplies - Artists Alliance memberships - Awarded to Eva Trombik, Cath Polman, Keiran Keat, Allanah Stewart, and Justine Giles.


Bachelor of Fine Arts Prize

Awarded to a fourth year student in recognition of outstanding achievement in the final year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree - Announced by Noel Ivanoff, HOD Fine Arts

Presented by Michael McHugh

Awarded to Julia Campbell.


Master of Fine Arts Prize

in recognition of outstanding achievement

Awarded to Barbara Smith.


Master of Arts in Arts Management Prize

in recognition of outstanding achievement

Awarded to Iokapeta Suamasi.


Master of Arts in Arts Therapy Prize

in recognition of outstanding achievement

Awarded to Deborah Green


Master of Arts in Arts Therapy (Clinical) Prize

in recognition of outstanding achievement

Awarded to Anaia Treefoot

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