The University of Papua New Guinea yesterday celebrated the first of its’ graduation ceremonies marking the 67th Graduation at the Sir John Guise Indoor Complex Stadium in Port Moresby.
Yesterday was officially the first day in which the University began its graduation ceremony, starting off with the School of Business and Public Policy.
A total of 397 students graduated with flying colors, witnessed by parents, sponsors and guardians.
According to Guest Speaker, Sir Charles Watson Lepani, the school has provided students’ tools to help them navigate in their four years of studies for their next journey which will help them establish their professional careers.
He added that this year was also significant because majority of the students who graduated and will graduate in the coming days are females.
“After successfully completing your four years of studies, the pathway for you now is to use your knowledge and tools wisely to enhance your well being for your future endeavors.”
During the event, Lepani shared with the graduates a brief background regarding their field of study and also provided them an insight about the functions of Public Policy in the country.
He stated how Public Policy can have an impact on people’s best interest when it comes to political leadership and public policy making and how much impact it will have on them regarding the trust they have in these leadership.
He added that this is the time for the graduates to make a change and to take their success to the next level given what they have learned in the institution.
Chancellor of UPNG, Robert Igara, on the other hand commended and congratulated the graduates as well as the hardworking staff of the School of Business and Public Policy for their tireless efforts in making this day possible for the students.
“As you end one journey, you will now continue and commit yourself to excellence in opening another chapter in your life. You must continue to learn and improve yourself as growth is unlimited for you.”
Igara said that this was a privilege to be awarding the graduates who are now ready to serve the nation and the people.
He encouraged the students to continue in pursuing their journey.
“An achievement today is an example of intellectuals and leadership portrayed that you and I must see and continue to pursue in the next chapter of life despite the challenges.”
“Many challenges will be faced, however, this the only way to overcome it is to face them and that is what will help you to continue to pursue your goals in life.”
The Graduates from the School of Business and Public Policy has the largest number for this year with 148 females and 149 males who graduated.
The Graduation is scheduled to go on for this week, ending on Friday 29th with the School of Natural and Physical Scinences.