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USP Lautoka Campus Graduation – a memorable occasion

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(From L-R): Mr Anish Sharma, Mrs Ashna Sharma and Ms Lanieta Tagicakibau during USP Lautoka Campus graduation.

Graduations always mark special achievement in one’s life, but to be part of a pioneer group of graduating students will always hold a distinct place in their hearts.

These were the sentiments of many graduates who accomplished yet another academic goal in their lives by being the first batch of students to graduate from The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Lautoka Campus on 9 September 2016.

For Ms Narieta Tuibeqa, who graduated with Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry, graduating with a Degree is a huge achievement.

“Even though it took me quite some time to complete my Degree, I am very happy to have completed my studies, especially being a single mother,” Ms Narieta said.

Ms Narieta, who hails from Bua in the North, pointed out peer pressure as one of the many challenges students face during their university life.

She dedicated her award to her grandfather, parents and especially her daughter.

It was a double celebration for Mr Anish Sharma and Mrs Ashna Sharma, when the couple graduated with a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration majoring in Human Resources.

The couple, who pursued their Postgraduate Certificate from USP’s Laucala Campus, travelled all the way from Suva to be part of the Lautoka Campus graduation.

“It is a very proud and exciting moment for us to graduate here as both of us are originally from the West,” Ms Ashna said.

The duo graduated together with their Undergraduate qualifications and studied together to achieve their Postgraduate Certificate.

Mr Anish’s message is that husband and wife should study together because it is encouraging and inspiring.

The couple believe that husband and wife studying together helps to balance work life, student and personal life evenly, without compromising time spent with each other.

They plan to enroll in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme in future.

For MBA graduate, Ms Lanieta Tagicakibau, undertaking the MBA programme at the Lautoka Campus was very challenging, but this did not deter her will to complete the programme.

She started with the Nadi cohort and completed with some units at the Lautoka Campus.

Studying at Lautoka Campus, she said, is different from Laucala Campus.

Ms Lanieta, who works at the Ministry of Health, highlighted that getting the MBA degree is something which will boost the morale of her performance at work.

She thanked the support of her husband and three daughters, who she added, supported her throughout the course, as majority of the times she had to sacrifice her weekends because of Saturday classes from 8am – 5pm.

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