THE Tongan monarch, King Taufa'ahau Tupou VI, arrives in Fiji for the first time today to officiate at the USP's graduation ceremony on Friday.
To mark the occasion, the Tongan community in Fiji will conduct a formal welcome ceremony for him.
The King is the university's 20th chancellor and was appointed at the USP Tonga graduation ceremony in July this year.
A statement from the university said King Tupou continued the tradition of distinguished individuals across USP's 12-member countries, holding the title of chancellor.
His late father, King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, was the university's first chancellor.
Meanwhile, preparations for the graduation are progressing well.
About 700 students will graduate at Friday's ceremony, with at least 600 expected to attend.
The university holds two annual graduation ceremonies at its Laucala campus, with the first in April.