The ceremony, which took place at the National Auditorium, began with a turou and included speeches from CITTI director Caroline Medway-Smith, Prime Minister and education minister Henry Puna, NZ High Commissioner Peter Marshall and graduate Teio Kea who spoke on behalf of the other graduates.
Kea extended her appreciation and gratitude to family and friends who have shown consistent support throughout their studies.
“This special day is one that we will remember for the rest of our lives.
“Although there have been many challenging times, we now get to be rewarded for our hard work and dedication,” she said.
Kea acknowledged the amazing opportunities CITTI has provided for Cook Islands to continue learning and advancing in their education.
Queens Representative Tom Marsters, health minister Nandi Glassie and deputy prime minister Teariki Heather also presented graduates with their awards.
Students at the graduation were distinguishable by ei’s around their necks – which were added to by friends and family after they received their internationally recognised qualifications.
- Melody Cargill