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Alumni stories

Read the stories of some of our inspiring alumni after they have graduated from the University of Otago.


Millie Mannering

Having just completed her master’s, Millie Mannering has also accumulated an impressive list of awards and experiences for her CV.

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Dr Richard (Rick) Hamilton

Learning about study options in the mid-nineties after a chat at Dunedin’s Captain Cook Tavern helped kickstart the future career of Otago alumnus – marine biologist Dr Richard (Rick) Hamilton.

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Temperance Tinker-Kays

Temperance Tinker-Kays has been awarded a prestigious US$25,000 Milken Educator Award for excellence and innovation in education.

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Alex Latu

An Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship helped start an academic career at the University of Otago for Alex Latu – a career which has gone around the globe and back again.

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Shane Evans

A marketing career that began at Otago in the mid-nineties, has gone all the way for Shane Evans, who was recently awarded New Zealand Marketer of the Year.

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Ann Wylie

Tribute from Otago Botany colleague, Sir Alan Mark KNZM; FRSNZ; HonDSc, University of Otago; Emeritus Professor Department of Botany, University of Otago at the celebration of distinguished botanist Ann Wylie's centenary.

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contact alumniHonorary graduates

Honorary doctorates are occasionally awarded by the Senate and Council to individuals who show outstanding talent in a particular field. The following degrees are awarded:

  • Doctor of Literature
  • Doctor of Music
  • Doctor of Divinity
  • Doctor of Laws
  • Doctor of Science
  • Doctor of Commerce

List of honorary graduates