Education equips us to make quality decisions as an individual, for our communities and for our nation. In an increasingly competitive world, education has become a necessity for individual growth and for success in life and nation-building.
These were the comments by the Speaker of the Fijian Parliament and Chancellor of the University of Fiji, His Excellency the Hon. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau during the graduation ceremony that was held at the University of Fiji Saweni campus on Friday, 27 May 2022.
He reminded the new graduates never to forget to acknowledge those who supported them throughout their journey.
“Today, you have reached a milestone towards your endless journey. And you really deserve to celebrate – which I encourage – your hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance. But never forget to acknowledge those who have supported you in your journey, your parents and families, guardians, sponsors and lecturers without whose support you would not have reached this far,” he said.
Hon. Ratu Epeli also acknowledged the University for reaching another milestone and encouraged many to pursue their education here.
“Today’s crop adds up to 5400-plus students who have successfully graduated from the University since 2008 – in such a short time. This is quite an achievement for a university that is still in its infancy.”
“I encourage families living in the Western Division to take full advantage of UniFiji’s presence and the opportunity for higher education for their children here,” said Hon. Ratu Epeli.
School of Business and Economics Gold Medalist and receiver for Vice-Chancellor’s Award, Mohammed Zameel beamed with joy while he acknowledged the numerous support he received while pursuing his studies.
“First of all, I would like to thank the Almighty God for giving me the success today. This is not an achievement of my own, but holds numerous sacrifices behind it. I acknowledge my parents and lecturers as well.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic was really hard on us, but the support I got from the people around me was excellent. A lot of late night sacrifices as studies was my main priority during those days,” said Mr Zameel.
A total of four hundred and four (404) students graduated from various programmes.