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Pacific TAFE graduate speaker Ms. Emily Louisa Simmons while addressing the graduates.

Graduate speaker Ms. Emily Louisa Simmons spoke highly of The University of the South Pacific (USP), Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE), while delivering her graduation speech at the second Laucala graduation held at the FMF Gymnasium on 19 September 2019.

She was among the 680 students graduating from the Pacific Technical & Further Education.

Ms. Simmons who graduated with a Professional Diploma in Business Management said she and many alike her owed their success to USP Pacific TAFE.

 “Everything in life is possible to accomplish, even the most difficult things but if you only insist and give it your all,” she said.

Ms. Simmons who is also an employee at the Nausori Airport said perseverance was the key to her success.

“It took me 15 years to set foot in the classroom again! It was neve wrecking, scary, exciting, confusing, and challenging but deep within me, I knew I had what it took to achieve my goals and that is to see this awesome day,” she said.

She encouraged USP Pacific TAFE students to share the vision of the University and to support the aspirations and progress of the Pacific region.

“We must pledge to share the Universities vision to empower students, staff, the Pacific region and importantly creating shaping Pacific futures while recognizing our diversity, human resource needs and potentials,” said Ms. Simmons.

“The University commands our respect and support to progress and achieve the aspirations of the region, we thank the Pacific TAFE section and all faculty members for their counsel and advise during our time here. As the famous saying goes, “being with someone who is smart and gives good advice adds tremendously wonderful elements to life.”

As a parting remark, the mother of two congratulated all graduates for graduating and attaining their desired goal.

“We have finally completed this chapter we began some years ago,” she said.

“Today we embark on another chapter in our lives. We are now in a situation of a paradigm shift, as we are torn between excitement of our future and the joys of our memories. Always remember, the only thing constant in this world is change, do not ever be afraid of it. As we embark on the future we must remember three things be flexible, be flexible and be flexible.”

A total of 1140 students from The University of the South Pacific (USP) graduated in a ceremony. These included 258 students from the Faculty of Arts, Law & Education (FALE); 202 from the Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment (FSTE); and 680 students from 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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