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USP Tonga campus held graduation ceremony for 2019

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 13/12/2019

The Vice Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific highlighted the importance for students to never settle for second best. He highlighted this during the graduation of the University of the South Pacific – Tonga Campus this morning.

This morning, the USP Vice-Chancellor Professor Pal Aluwhalia emphasized the significance for graduants to acknowledge their unique environment of being resilient to climate change as a way to adress future challenges faced in the Pacific.

In all that you do, never settle for second best. The Pacific is plagued with great insecurities as a result of climate change – the challenges, our livelihoods and for some of us, our sovereignty. Equally, the Pacific had already demonstrated to the world its innovative nature and capacity for resilience. Graduants, today I challenge you all to take the best of our insights, experiences and knowledge and turn them into actions in order to improve people’s lives and prospects.”

During the program, the Pro-Chancellor and chair of the university’s council – Winston Thompson conferred degress to the students in various fields of study as well as diplomas and certificates.

Taking part in this morning’s graduation ceremony were students from Australia, Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, and Tuvalu.

Meanwhile, a PHD graduate, who received her doctor of philosophy in education – Dr. Peaua Heimuli left some words of encouragement to the graduating class of 2019.

The true value of education lies in how we use this knowledge for the great good of our communities, our families, our villages, in Tonga and in the Pacific region. What we do and how we do it after graduation that will determine our success in life.“

The ceremony was held at the Falemasiva Hall at Tailulu College, which was also attended by the Minister for Education – Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni along with many parents, friends and families of the graduands.

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