ONE hundred and forty five students are now ready to apply their knowledge and skills in the workforce after graduating from Labasa's Fiji National University (FNU) campus yesterday.
The deputy chairman of the FNU council, Arvind Maharaj, said the event was a special one because it was where the hard work and sacrifice of graduands were rewarded.
"I know that this achievement was not an easy feat as a lot was sacrificed by you and your families," Mr Maharaj told the students.
"The long hours of studying, meeting deadlines for assignments, projects and the examinations were worth your sacrifices now that you have graduated.
"And for parents whose children were not on scholarships, the payment of fees was indeed a struggle. I wish to commend each one of you for your commitment and perseverance, the fruits of which you are reaping today.
"I can see in your eyes, a deep sense of satisfaction and relief but let me remind you that it's important to remain grounded and focused on the task ahead."
Mr Maharaj said education was the key to a prosperous nation.
"More than 2300 students will graduate from FNU over the next few weeks, all of whom, I'm sure, will keenly wait to join the workforce and contribute positively to Fiji's economy."