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The achievements of industry students from the NZ Diplomas in both Funeral Directing and Embalming will be celebrated together on Thursday 19 March 2020.

Students from the 2019 NZ Diploma in Embalming and NZ Diploma in Funeral Directing programmes who have successfully passed their courses are eligible to graduate at the WelTec graduation ceremony scheduled to be held at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua at 11:00am.

WelTec advise that those students who wish to participate need to go to the WelTec website and elect to attend graduation, which must be done no later than the end of January 2020. 

Following the WelTec graduation ceremony on the Thursday morning, the FSTT Celebration Dinner and Industry Awards Ceremony will be held at the Parliament Banquet Hall in Wellington on the Thursday evening. Located on the first floor of the Beehive, the banquet hall is a large semi-circular space designed to hold state banquets and receptions. The elegant and unique hall boasts Takaka marble walls and columns, and native tawa tongue and groove flooring. It features a three-dimensional aluminium mural by New Zealand artist John Boys Drawbridge MBE. Access is via an open marble staircase from the entrance foyer.

It is a fitting place to celebrate the achievements of graduates from both disciplines. Following on from the success of the first joint celebration in March 2019, students will gather together to be recognised by their peers and supporters. Funeral Director graduates from FDANZ member firms will be presented with their Registered Funeral Director certificates, and eligible Embalmer graduates will receive their NZEA membership certificates.

Awards are presented to the top students in each discipline. In Funeral Directing, the Behavioural Science award recognises the student who receives the highest mark in that course component. From the embalming discipline, the Noel McNee Memorial Award is presented to the top practical embalming student.

Endeavour Awards recognise the student from each discipline who shows outstanding commitment, effort, and professionalism. Top Theory awards are presented to the students who achieve the highest aggregate marks across all theory assessments and Supreme awards recognise the top students across all assessments in each discipline.

FSTT looks forward to again celebrating the achievements of all our industry graduates, and warmly invites all graduates, together with their families, employers, supervisors, sponsors and any other interested parties to attend this function – which is open to all within our profession to attend.

However, it is critical to note that admission to the Parliamentary complex on the night will require production of photo ID for every individual attending, and names will be matched to the list of attendees that must be provided to parliamentary security at least 48 hours ahead of the event.

It will, therefore, be essential that those who wish to attend respond in good time – it will not be possible to have last minute registrations accepted, or to “walk up” on the night.  The registration form can be downloaded


As the date and venues of the graduation and subsequent industry function are all confirmed, we recommend that students and their supporters book their travel and accommodation now, to take advantage of any special rates that may be available.

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