THE USP was honoured by the presence of its 20th chancellor, the King of Tonga Tupou VI at its graduation ceremony on Friday.
The King awarded certificates, diplomas and degrees to the graduates.
USP's vice chancellor Professor Rajesh Chandra said the graduation had a special significance as it was the first visit of His Majesty to the Laucala Campus.
He gave a historical insight into the university, and how it had grown over the years.
He mentioned how at its very first graduation in 1971, the university's first chancellor, His Majesty, King Taufa'ahau Tupou VI awarded diplomas and degrees to 30 of USP's pioneer graduates.
Mr Chandra said since then, USP had had many graduations with an increase in the number of students.
"You can see it has come a long way since the first graduation. Our overall student numbers have grown significantly and this year we have recorded the highest number of students reaching almost 27, 000.
"From one campus in 1968, we now have 14 campuses. In the most recent review of the Pacific Plan, the University was identified as the most successful regional institution with a strong reputation for quality, relevance, good governance, and accountability."