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A Journey of a Thousand Miles Starts with a Single Step

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Graduate speaker, Samson Kanamoli during his address as part of the Solomon Islands graduation ceremony.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) graduation always brings special happiness and pride to the families of those who graduate from across the fourteen (14) campuses in the region.

This was the sentiment shared by Samson Kanamoli, who was among two hundred and twenty eight (228) graduates who graduated during the University’s Solomon Islands graduation on 29 September 2017.

Looking back at his time at USP, Samson said that the University journey is best measured in friends they made, lessons they learnt, rather than the years they toiled, or the length of assignments they wrote.

“Above all, the sum of these joys, pride and feelings of loss bring a responsibility to honour the many stories of humble beginnings and people who helped us, which led to this arrival for each one of us,” Samson said.

Samson, who hails from the Isabel Province, said he had to go through many challenges in life, to achieve his goals.

He shared his experiences of leaving secondary school early and having financial difficulties during his University life.

“I had a lot of challenges, the journey then to now was long, but the sacrifice is worth this reward that brings me and all of us here today,” he explained.

For Samson, the University journey was long, lonely and slow at times, but its beauty for him is captured in this saying “a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.”

“We can all remember when we took that single step and USP has faithfully polished its rough patches and sustained us to reach a thousand miles,” he said.

He thanked the staff, tutors, markers and mentors of Solomon Islands, Emalus, Alafua and Laucala Campuses for their time and patience in shaping the students’ thoughts through questions and debates.

He also expressed his gratitude to the National Training Scholarship office, sponsors, families and guardians for their support during the years.

Samson concluded that graduates must use the tools that USP has given them to make a contribution nationally and regionally as well.

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