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PhD graduate Victor Alasa during his speech during the FALE graduation.

Graduates of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) were encouraged to be motivational ambassadors for the University.

Speaking on their behalf, PhD graduate Victor Alasa said that in itself will be one of the most important contributions that they can make to their Alma Mater – “to be impressive citizens where we end up in the world”. 

“Congratulations, Class of 2019! We made it to the Academic Shore finally! I count it a great privilege to be given the honour to deliver this Graduation Speech on behalf of this special Class of 2019,” he said.

From the small village of Ososo in Edo State, Nigeria, Victor stated that the graduation is very special in many ways.

“We all have our individual stories which are a combination of mixed experiences of many sleepness nights studying for exams, writing academic papers, reading endless books and journal articles, eating noodles, sharing stories, laughter and tears,” he stated.

“There have been many life experiences - births, deaths, engagements, weddings and so on.  However we managed to journey through them all to get this far.  We each made a choice between the pain of regret and the pain of discipline,” he commented.

“Like me, and all of us graduating today, we made a choice for the pain of discipline as soon as we boarded this “vaka” when we enrolled at USP. That choice we made, as difficult as it may have been for some of us, has culminated in this wonderful and victorious event,” he added.

Victor admitted the fact that, “the sail was not entirely smooth”.

“But, I have made up my mind not to bore you with the challenges and obstacles we faced and conquered or mountains we had to climb, or the valleys we had to navigate to arrive at what my Supervisor refers to as, “the other brighter side of life.” Through it all, one thing kept us going: the potency of the “community spirit”, which our Vice Chancellor captured in the values embedded in the University’s Strategic Plan,” he said.

Victor thanked the Supervisors, Lecturers, Tutors, Markers, and the administrative staff from the gate house through the international office, SAS, ICT, the library, our faculty and school offices, Campus Life, to the halls of residence office.

“Vinaka for your tireless and unending pouring of yourselves into us - intellectually, administratively, socially, morally and spiritually.   Your efforts have made us better people than when we first boarded this vaka” he said.

He urged his fellow graduates to continue to graduate to a better version of themselves in their daily lives.

“Do not ever stop learning, for it is said that when a man or woman stops learning, he or she starts dying. Remember, good fortune comes to those who persevere in spite of the challenges along the journey.” 

“No matter what our futures hold, there will be times that self-doubt will step in and stand in the way between you and an open door.  I hope that this victory today has shown you that you can achieve success.  You just have to remember this milestone and step through the many open doors that you will encounter in your lives,” he said. 

He also encouraged the graduates to take what they have learnt on this vaka and go into the world with a passion.

“Be determined to use your knowledge and your skills to make a difference to the lives of others with whom you interact. Be the light and the change that you would like to see in the world,” he added.

A total of 387 students graduated from FALE.
 


This news item was published on 21 Mar 2019 12:51:39 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email communications@usp.ac.fj


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