THE University of the South Pacific (USP) had a women-dominated graduation ceremony at the Vodafone Arena yesterday.
"Today's graduation is one of the largest USP graduation ceremonies with 1447 students of 19 different nationalities receiving certificate, diploma and degrees," USP vice-chancellor Professor Rajesh Chandra said.
He said more than 55 per cent of all graduates were women and the vast number of medals and prize recipients were also women.
In his address, Professor Chandra said receiving the certificates, diploma or degrees did not signal an end but rather the beginning of a long journey.
There were 15 graduates from non-member countries including six from Papua New Guinea.
"I am pleased to report that the university continues to make significant progress and is reforming itself with vision, passion and energy into a higher quality, more relevant and sustainable university," Professor Chandra said.
In his vote of thanks, the male graduate with the best combined academic performance and all- round service to the community Tevita Tuiloa said when he walked past the university gates in his first year as a student, he never dreamt that one day he would get to stand where he stood yesterday.
Professor Chandra reminded all graduates that they must continue to learn and better themselves.
"Many of you will become leaders in politics, commerce and in the communities and I am confident that all of you will make very worthwhile contributions to your families and the world," he said.
He also reminded them to be ethical in their future work and lead a life of impact and willing to make a difference.