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Mother is the pillar of strength for Elizabeth Vakaola Ravonu’s success

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Elizabeth Vakaola Ravonu with her father after FSTE graduation at the FMF Gymnasium on 19 September.

Elizabeth Vakaola Ravonu says her mother is the backbone of her success and life story after attaining her Bachelor of Geospatial Science at The University of the South Pacific graduation.
She was one of the 202 graduands from the Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment (FSTE) and one of the 65% of women to graduate at USP’s September ceremony.
Elizabeth described her four-year journey as a Roller Coaster. Graduation to her was fulfilling her parents dream, especially her late mother’s.
She lost her mother in April this year but she said “I had to be strong because my mother always wanted to see me graduate and have a good job so that I can support my family.”
“To be honest, there was times I used to give up, but the word of wisdom from my mother always echoed in my ear. She always wanted to see me succeed. I know for sure she is watching and protecting me from heaven and I can confidently say that I have made her proud by graduating,” said Ms. Ravonu.
“I would like to also thank my father for his encouragement, support and countless prayers. I can’t thank him enough for this milestone.”

She added that the course she took although male dominated, she was confident that she would complete with flying colors because of her mother’s support.

Ms. Rovonu is from Kadavu and she also wanted to inspire all the women in her village to complete their studies.

“I want to see all women to be independent and strong in life. The only way is education,” she said.
She said that she enjoyed studying in USP because of the understanding lecturers and the beautiful studying environment.

“I know it won’t be difficult to get a job because of the recognition USP has throughout the Pacific,”said Ms. Ravonu.
A total of 1140 students from The University of the South Pacific (USP) graduated in a ceremony at the FMF Gymnasium in Laucala Bay, Suva on 19 September 2019. These included 258 students from the Faculty of Arts, Law & Education (FALE); 202 from the Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment (FSTE); and 680 from the Pacific Technical & Further Education (Pacific TAFE)

The remaining 595 students graduated from the Faculty of Business & Economics (FBE) on 20 September, bringing the total number of graduates to 1735 in this year’s second graduation ceremony.



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