CHRISTMAS arrived early for 65 student nurses who graduated with Diploma in Nursing Certificates from the Labasa Sangam College of Nursing yesterday.
About 500 people from all walks of life gathered at the Civic Centre building to witness the auspicious event.
Chief guest and India's High Commissioner to Fiji, Vinod Kumar, told graduates that nursing was a noble profession.
"The services of nurses are recognised across the world and they often have to work in difficult situations," Mr Kumar said.
"They provide health care in times of conflicts and disasters and their work is demanding.
"With the good relationship India and Fiji has, Sahyadri Hospital in Pune has provided further training to more than 10 local medical personnel including nurses," he said.
Mr Kumar added the Apollo Hospital in New Delhi had trained three medical personnel from the FNU's College of Medicine this year.
Mr Kumar challenged the graduates to rise to the occasion for the purpose of serving the people of the nation with the best health care.
"Be a good reflection of this institution and serve the public well.
"Use the knowledge and skills you have attained during your three years of studies well and be a good role model."
Graduate Elenoa Adi said she was excited about her achievement and looked forward to being a registered nurse.
"I am looking forward to an exciting journey ahead in the medical field," she said.
Mrs Adi thanked her parents, husband and 10-month-old son for their support.