University of the South Pacific (USP) vice-chancellor and president, Professor Rajesh Chandra reminded local students to live a life of integrity and moral values and uphold the most important principle of the university.
He made the reminder during the graduation of 153 students in Honiara yesterday.
Professor Chandra told the graduates that as they celebrate the end of their journey, they must live a life of integrity and moral values.
“I challenge you to live a life of integrity and moral values and uphold the most important principle of the University of the South Pacific – excellence, throughout your life,” he said.
“You all have the capability to truly excel and achieve anything in the world, just like Fiji Sevens team did by getting gold in Rio,” he added.
“You have to chase your dreams through hard work, perseverance, innovation, and commitment,” Professor Chandra said.
He said there are no shortcuts in life, and there is no substitute for hard work.
Professor Chandra also congratulated the students.
“I offer my warmest congratulations to the graduates. You have done exceptionally well and fully deserve to celebrate today.
“You have worked very hard and persevered, and can rightly feel proud of your achievements,” he said.
He said graduation marks the start of a new and wonderful journey in life ahead growing from the seeds the students have sowed during your period at the university.
“You are now equipped with the tools that will help you forge a future for yourself – in a future of immense possibilities – and a future that you will make with your own efforts.
“The University of the South Pacific is regarded as the premiere provider of higher education in the Pacific Islands and its graduates are praised for their contributions.
“You should join the other 40,000 alumni by becoming good ambassadors of the university and good role models in your countries,” Professor Chandra said.
Students graduated with degrees, diplomas and certificates.
Attending the graduation ceremony are Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council of the USP, Winston Thompson, acting director of the Solomon Islands USP centre, Dr Patricia Rodie, Minister for Education John Moffat Fugui, senior government officials, and parents.
By STEPHEN DIISANGO/SOLOMON STAR/SOLOMON TODAY POST