The Chancellor of USP, His Excellency, Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui, Governor General of the Solomon Islands, presents an award to a graduating student at the Graduation Ceremony.
The University of the South Pacific successfully held one of its largest Graduation Ceremonies with about 1447 students from 19 different nationalities receiving certificates, diplomas and degrees today.
This auspicious occasion held at the Vodafone Arena in Suva, was well attended by members of the USP Council and Senate, USP staff, dignitaries from the public and private sector, members of the diplomatic corps, heads of international and regional organisations, graduands and their families and friends, and invited guests.
The Ceremony was aired live around the region on Fiji One and Sky Pacific channels.
Among those present at the Ceremony was the Prime Minister of Fiji, Honourable Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama.
In his address, the Vice-Chancellor and President of USP, Professor Rajesh Chandra told the graduates that they are the hope of the Pacific.
“Many of you will become leaders in politics, commerce and in the community. I am confident that all of you will make very worthwhile contributions to your families, countries and the world.”
“Make the University proud by being hard-working, innovative and committed. Be ethical in your future work, lead a life of meaning and impact, and be willing to make a difference. These should be the inspiring elements of the USP brand of which you will all be ambassadors,” he added.
While reminding graduates that they must continue to learn, Professor Chandra emphasised that success is a journey, not a destination.
“Receiving your certificates, diplomas, or degrees today does not signal an end but rather the beginning of a long journey. It is what you do, and how you do it after graduation that will determine your success in life,” he explained.
The Vice-Chancellor encouraged the graduands to continue their interest in the University. He urged them to actively participate in alumni activities and stay connected and contribute towards the development of their countries and the Pacific region.
Professor Chandra highlighted the significant achievements of the University. Some of these included: