New Zealand's World Cup hero Grant Elliott might be out of action due to the broken arm while his team is taking on Sri Lanka at Dunedin but that doesn't deprive him from celebration as he will be proclaiming another achievement.<p></p><p></p>Elliott will be graduating from Otago Polytechnic on Friday with a Bachelor of Applied Management through Capable NZ. He moved to New Zealand after being born in South Africa to pursue his career in cricket.<p></p><p></p>Elliott was quoted in a report from <i>wellington.scoop.co.nz</i> saying, "I always wanted to get a degree and started doing a Bachelor of Commerce when I was 19, but then professional cricket took over. The Bachelor of Applied Management through Otago Polytechnic has helped me realise I have skills that are transferable for when I do make the transition from sport, and the knowledge that I can achieve and progress in any job I choose."<p></p><p></p>He further added saying, "The Bachelor of Applied Management has given me the confidence to enjoy my cricket more as well so I can go out there and play the sport with a smile on my face instead of dreading what might happen after my sporting career is over," says Mr Elliott.<p></p><p></p>Elliott joins the prestigious league of New Zealand sporting greats who have also graduated from Otago Polytechnic. These famous names includes Barbara Kendall Wind Surfing, Steve Edwards Black Sticks, Shea McAlese Black Sticks, Phil Burrows Black Sticks, Katrina Grant Silver Ferns, Jodi Brown Silver Ferns, Danyon Loader Swimming, DJ Forbes NZ Seven's, Mark Dickle Otago Nuggets, Tall Blacks (Basketball).<p></p><p></p>New Zealand on the other hand are well placed in the first Test against Sri Lanka as they were 408 for eight at stumps on Day 1.