Family, friends and dignitaries gathered in full support to acknowledge the achievements of the 2017 graduates.
Internationally recognised qualifications were awarded to the students as they were welcomed on stage wearing triumphant smiles and their colourful graduation gowns.
It was not only a time for celebration, but a time to reflect on each students’ commitment and dedication to their own learning journey, said CITTI director Caroline Medway-Smith.
“It may not have been easy for some of you while balancing family duties, sport clubs, church commitments and then to throw study in the mix would have surely brought significant challenges,” she said.
Present to celebrate the success of the graduates was Prime Minister and education minister Henry Puna who acknowledged all Cook Islanders who have accepted the challenge to a life time of learning.
“You have made the sacrifices necessary to achieve your desired qualifications and we honour you for your hard work and dedication to pursing education,” he said.
This year, CITTI has strengthened its partnerships with the outer islands and has increased its offerings to different schools in the Cook Islands.
CITTI has committed to developing programmes that are meaningful to the Cook Islands and providing a base in which students can launch successful careers in their chosen professions. Through CITTI’s partnership with London City and Guilds,it has enabled them to offer a large range of courses covering a variety of fields.
Students were honoured for succeeding in courses such as hospitality and cookery, hairdressing, spa and beauty, health protection, nursing, business management, trades and technology. CITTI’s education programmes continue to grow in number, with an increasing range of topics on offer here and in the outer islands.