USP’s 25th Chancellor, His Excellency Taneti Maamau, the President of the Republic of Kiribati confers an award to a graduating student
A total of ninety-four (94) students graduated at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Tonga Campus on 19 October 2018.
The ceremony was officiated by the University’s 25th Chancellor, His Excellency Taneti Maamau, the President of the Republic of Kiribati, who conferred the degrees, diplomas and certificates and attended by Mr Winston Thompson, Pro Chancellor of USP; Professor Richard Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching & Student Services (LTSS); and USP Tonga Campus staff.
Of the 94 graduates, sixty-eight (68) were females. Eight (8) of the graduates were awarded Masters degrees, seven (7) of whom were from the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) and one (1) from the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE).
Graduates at the USP Tonga Campus after the graduation ceremony.
Five (5) students received their Professional and Postgraduate Diplomas while the undergraduate awardees saw 54 students from the three faculties graduating. Also part of the ceremony were 27 graduates from the Pacific TAFE programme.
In his address, H.E. Maamau stressed the importance of maintaining a sense of regionalism adding that the onus was on the graduates to carry on this tradition in the various fields.
An overtly inspirational speech on behalf of the graduates by Master of Arts in Education graduate, ‘Amelia Folaumahina, lit the Falemasiva Hall with a marvelous yet igniting sense of vivacity and pride for all those present.
She thanked families and friends for the support rendered throughout their time of study saying they would not have made the achievement without it. Furthermore she congratulated fellow graduates for enduring their struggles in order to graduate.
The melodious rendition and heartwarming lyrics of the student choir led by Mr. ‘Amanaki Fungalei seemingly gave way to epic emotions not only to the graduates but also to the audience.
The Falemasiva Hall glowed with spectacular radiance especially reaching its full seating capacity, packed with members of the clergy, members of the diplomatic corps, government officials and families and friends of the graduating class of 2018.
Amongst those graduating was Ms. ‘Aunofo Havea, first ever Tongan female sea captain, who graduated with a Certificate Four in Training and Assessment.
“I am humbled and thankful to have been included in this grand USP Tonga campus graduation”, said an elated Ms. ‘Aunofo said.
The Tonga Campus Graduation ceremony marked the culmination of week-long events at the campus.
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