IT was a proud moment for 82 students of the University of the South Pacific (USP) who graduated from Alafua campus in Samoa on January 17.
According to a USP statement, friends and families flocked in numbers at the Pesega Gymnasium to witness the special occasion attended by ministers and senior officials of the Samoan government and members of the USP Council and Senate.
Sixty-eight per cent of the graduands were at the undergraduate level while 31 per cent were at the postgraduate level.
They included students from eight different islands of which the majority being females.
Speaking at the ceremony, acting USP Vice-Chancellor, Dr Esther Williams congratulated the graduands on their accomplishments.
"You have all worked hard and now are reaping the benefits.
"You should all be proud of your achievements and I join your families, your governments, your sponsors in congratulating you," said Dr Williams.
Chancellor Aliki Faipule Kerisiano Kalolo conferred the degrees and awarded diplomas and certificates.
"With your certificate, qualifications and your knowledge, I am sure that you are ready to go out and serve your country and community, and the region and also the world.
"Use wisely the knowledge gained to change the world," said Dr Williams.
The new USP Strategic Plan 2013-2018 was approved by the university council at its last meeting in November 2012.