Over 460 students graduated during The University of the South Pacific (USP) Solomon Islands campus Graduation Ceremony last Friday, 253 of whom were female, making up 54 per cent of the overall graduates.
In congratulating the 468 graduates, USP Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dr Giulio Paunga reminded students, “As you step out of USP and into the workforce, never lose sight of the mindset that led you to take your place at today’s graduation ceremony.”
Dr Paunga added that while graduation marks a milestone achievement for our Pacific students, it is equally essential to recognise parents for their endless support to ensure their children pursue their dreams.
“Today’s graduating class is a testament to your time, sacrifices, dedication and unwavering support at home and behind the scenes.”
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor also commended the perseverance of students who pursued their studies during the coronavirus pandemic.
“All of us here are witnesses to your resilience; the fact that you can endure tells us that you can overcome and achieve your goals, no matter what. May the path you choose lead to fulfilment and continued success.”
Last Friday’s graduation ceremony saw 389 undergraduate students receive their qualifications, with the highest number of graduates, 268, from the School of Pacific Arts, Communication and Education (SPACE).
The Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) produced 42 graduates, 30 of whom attained their qualifications from the College of Continuing Vocational Education and Training (CVET), while 12 were from the College of Foundation Studies.
The Solomon Campus graduation also recognised five students who completed their Master’s studies, four by coursework and one by thesis.
The university wishes to congratulate all 468 students for their outstanding achievements.