IT was a proud moment for the Form Seven students of St Joseph's Secondary School yesterday as they bid farewell to their teachers and fellow classmates in an emotional graduation ceremony.
And the school principal, Sr Genevieve, could not have been happier for them, wishing them all the best in their future endeavours.
"It was the first time we've had a graduation mass for the students because the exams were so early, but it's been really good so far," Sr Genevieve said.
"The girls also decided for themselves that they would come up with a special uniform just for today (Friday) and that worked out too."
Chief guest at the event was Archbishop Father Peter Loy Chong, who encouraged the young women to strive towards a Catholic vision of education.
"Catholic education is called to be at the service of true freedom, a freedom from the many ways our self-seeking entraps us; freedom from which opens out hearts and flourishes within a new path of love," Fr Chong told the girls when giving his address.
"Catholic education serves to help young people to come to the knowledge of truth — truth about self, life and the world."
The students will go on a one-week study break before sitting for their Fiji Seventh Form Examinations next week.