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More than 200 Tupou Tertiary Institute students graduate last week

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 10/09/2018

It was a joyous occasion for the more than 200 students of Tupou Tertiary Institute graduating last Saturday, in front of friends, family members and fellow TTI students.

HRH Princess Pilolevu Tuita was the guest of honor at the graduation ceremony and in her address she encouraged the grandaunts about the importance of the FWC’s aim for their education department – to educate the students in all aspects of life.

The vision of Tupou Tertiary Institute is, I quote, to be the leading provider of quality higher education in Tonga, molding learners to become productive Christians who strive for excellence in all aspects of their lives. This is a very important vision statement to help guide, direct, and ensure, that the institute remains true to its vision, and events such as today, where we gather to celebrate the achievements of graduating students. It is a form of measuring the success of Tupou Tertiary Institute and its resolved and aspirations in achieving for the institute for all past and future students,” she said.

A former principal of Tupou High School, under the Free Wesleyan Church Education Department – Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Cummins who also gave a word of encouragement for the grandaunts.

Tupou I in 1882 when he was opening the parliament, he made an important speech. It was a time when there was a lot of European entry into the Pacific, and countries taken over by colonial powers. And Tupou I said at the opening of the Parliament in 1882, if the language and the culture of a land are lost, that land will be lost. I have opened a little window this morning, I hope. And you look into it and you see in there, language and learning, and literature, and you see technology and you use technology. And I say to you, your graduation is not the end. Look around this room, this hall. Look at people who are wearing the caps and gowns. Their first graduation was not the end, it was the beginning. It was the beginning of an exciting journey and I pray God go with you as you experience that exciting journey that begins today following your graduation.”

The students graduated with Certificates, Diplomas, and Degrees during last week’s graduation.

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