Lincoln graduates of 2014 were urged to “be noble” and keep Earth a “decent place to live” when addressed by Vice-Chancellor Dr Andrew West, at the morning and afternoon capping ceremonies in Lincoln Event Centre on Friday 2 May.
"Lincoln graduates are to be found around the Planet,” he said. “They are feeding the world, protecting the future and helping others to live well. These are noble things to do. Go out there and be noble! Lincoln University is behind you all the way.”
He told the new graduates to “be smart and raise the productive capacity of existing managed land and all facets of the associated value chains that run from farm, orchard, forest or ocean to final consumers in all four corners of Planet Earth.
“Your task, as land-based professionals, is to help humanity keep Earth as a warm, wet, greenhouse planet; in other words, a decent place to live.”
A total of 491 students received certificates, diplomas or degrees in person at the ceremonies including 36 PhDs. In addition 139 awards were made in absentia including six PhDs.
Both ceremonies were preceded by the now traditional procession from the campus through Lincoln township to the Lincoln Event Centre in Meijer Drive (named after former Plant Science staff member, the late Gerry Meijer). Esquire Bedel this year, leading the processions, was Mike Barthelmeh of the School of Landscape Architecture, winner of Lincoln University’s Principal Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013. Mike’s award was presented at the 2014 Graduation ceremony.
Special presentations within the ceremonies were the conferment of an Honorary Doctor of Commerce degree on the Chief Executive of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, Peter Townsend, and the award of the Bledisloe and Alumni International medals, the former to Professor Stephen Goldson and the latter to Dr Michael Nelson - see separate story elsewhere in this AlumniLinc.