This year saw the University’s 20th Chancellor, His Majesty King Tupou VI of Tonga confer certificates, diplomas and degrees to 109 students at The University of the South Pacific’s SAMOA GRADUATION on Friday, 13 December, 2013.
Also conferred were 9 Master of Business Administration students from the 2nd MBA Samoa Cohort whereby the entire programme was carried out all face to face in Samoa. With one student graduating with her Master of Environmental Law degree, 15 students were conferred the Bachelor of Laws degree.
Accompanying the Chancellor for this occasion was Her Majesty, Queen Nanasipau’u, USP Pro-Chancellor - Mr Ikbal Jannif, Vice-Chancellor and President – Professor Rajesh Chandra, Secretary to USP Council – Ms Lily Vesikula and representing the Faculties – Dr Kesaia Seniloli (Acting Dean for the Faculty of Business & Economics).
One student graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Services in Suva while three students took the Hippocratic Oath for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery; representing the Samoa Medical Council for the Oath was the Minister for the Ministry of Health – Hon Tuitama Dr Talalelei Tuitama.
It was a very dignified occasion and well represented by members of Government, Diplomatic Corp, Church Leaders, non-governmental organisations, families and friends.
The University continues to pride itself in its students who have been challenged, grown and succeeded. Time at the University has taught them skills learnt in and outside of the classroom – attributes that make them the most sought after graduates locally and around the region. Students will leave with an excellent qualification, great leadership skills and unlimited ambition.
In wishing the graduates the very best; the Pro-Chancellor – Mr Ikbal Jannif concluded the ceremony by reminding the graduates that before any decision is made; before any thought is attempted; it is always best to listen thoroughly so that decisions made or responses given are made not in haste but with wisdom.