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Graduate in Post Graduate Diploma in Education, Malia Maketalena T N Sio.

Graduation is always a memorable and exciting moment for graduates and it is no different for mother of three, Malia Maketalena T N Sio, a graduate from Tonga who serves as an inspiration for other women.

Malia is one of 65% of women graduating from the University of the South Pacific in its September graduation ceremony.

She has sucessfully attained her Post Post Graduate Diploma in Education despite being pregnant with her third child while studying.

Malia is among the 460 students who graduated on 19 September, in the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) and Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) graduation ceremony at the FMF Gymnasium.

Ms. Sio has completed her studies under The University of the South Pacific Student Bursary Scheme.

She said it was a challenging time for her because she was pregnant during her studies but she was able to cope because of the support of her family.

“If a person is dedicated then anything is possible. I just gave birth a month ago and I am finally blessed with a son. It’s a double celebration for me and my family,” said Ms. Sio.

She dedicated her success to her husband and family who motivated her throughout the journey.
Ms. Sio described graduation as the culmination of all the hard work, many hours of anxiety, stress and sleepless nights.

“I had to make time for my children and studies. In the end, all my hard work paid off,” she said.
She added that she enjoyed her studying journey in USP. She also thanked USP for the Bursary Scheme because it drastically helped her complete studies.

Malia Maketalena T N Sio (middle) with her family at FMF Gymnasium.

“I came all the way from Tonga and we had some financial issues because settling in a new city is not easy, it can get expensive,” emphasised Ms. Sio.
She said that the reason behind her attending USP is because the University is recognised and the lecturers are highly qualified. Ms. SIO also said that she enjoys USP’s environment in particular.
Ms. Sio is currently a Course Coordinator of Tonga Institute of Higher Education at ICT.
She is planning to do her Master’s in Education as a next step and wishing to continue inspiring all women.
Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) had 680 graduates and Faculty of Business & Economics (FBE) had 595 graduates. A total of 1735 students graduated on 19 and 20 September.


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