Category Archives: Celebrate

Inspirational Cantabs installed on campus

Sculptures of 12 individuals who had, or continue to have, a huge impact on Canterbury’s creative, business, health and sporting life have been installed on campus to celebrate UC’s 150th anniversary this year. They were at the Arts Centre before the earthquakes but have not been out in public since. The 12 were originally chosen by the Local Heroes Trust and sculpted by artist Mark Whyte who studied here at UC. Canterbury Museum have kindly loaned the sculptures to UC for our anniversary (actually for two years).

Most of the Twelve Local Heroes have ties to UC, showing the strong connections between the uni and the city. Half of the local heroes received honorary doctorates from UC, including political, social and local community activist, well-loved historian and writer, Elsie Locke, and father of the electronics and radio-communications industry in Christchurch Angus Tait, who also have buildings named after them.

Four are UC alumni including world-famous writer of magical stories and verse for children and young adults Margaret Mahy, artist, painter and craftsman William Sutton (who also taught here), founder of diabetes research Donald Beaven and, again, Elsie Locke.

You can follow the Twelve Local Heroes trail and read more about the Twelve Local Heroes here.

UC Pasifika graduates celebrate their success

Congratulations to all our amazing Pasifika students celebrating graduation this week. Well done for all you’ve achieved, you deserve it!

Take a look at these photos of graduates and their families at the Pasifika Graduation Celebration: 

Mātakihia, watch Eke Tangaroa | Celebration for Māori graduates and graduands online

Ka mau te wehi! Congratulations to our inspirational ākonga Māori celebrating graduation this week. 

Join us online at Eke Tangaroa | Celebration for Māori graduates and graduands on Friday 16 December from 9.30am. This is an opportunity to celebrate ākonga Māori success and acknowledge whānau who supported their journey at UC. You can watch the livestream of Eke Tangaroa on the UC Facebook page.