GRADUATES from the University of the South Pacific were asked to take on life's challenges with a sense of conviction and use the skills and knowledge they have gathered to adapt them for the purpose they choose in life.
Fredrick Faabasua, a postgraduate diploma in governance, told the 717 graduates yesterday in Suva to rise to every occasion.
"For those who will be seeking employment, the world out there is full of experiences and adventures," Mr Faabasua said.
"We may not all be employed in our preferred areas of work, however, it is during this experience that you will be challenged to take what you have learnt at USP, to overcome adversities and put things into practice, to ensure that your education here both inside and outside the lecture rooms has a lasting impact on your futures."
He reminded them that the path ahead was not going to be easy.
Having learnt from our past experiences, we can navigate ourselves with more direction and conviction in the future.
"For some of us who will continue on with further studies either at USP or in other learning institutions throughout the region and the world, it is important that you set your goals right."