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Perseverance pays off for former Miss PNG

Former Miss PNG, Niawali Twain, issued this statement after receiving her UPNG degree on Friday.

From a mixed parentage of Manus and East New Britain, the beaming Niawali Twain gracefully walked up to get her degree from the UPNG chancellor in the first session of the 64th graduation ceremony. 

The beauty queen was crowned Miss PNG in 2017, was the Queen Emma Chocolates Brand Ambassador and is the chaperone of the current Miss PNG and Miss Pacific Islands, Leoshina Kariha.

Over 1,000 graduate

In spite of the political infighting that has plagued the institution since February this year, graduants proudly walked up to receive their hard-earned certificates.

1,221 students graduated from the five schools within the University of Papua New Guinea during today’s 64th graduation ceremony. 

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the School of Natural and Physical Sciences and the School of Law were in the first session while the second session consisted of the School of Business and Public Policy and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Meet Gordon secondary’s Gr 12 science dux

Parents, guardians, friends and relatives in Port Moresby turned up to witness the closing of a chapter in their loved one’s life.

281 outgoing Grade 12 students received their attainment certificates today at the Gordon Secondary School hall.

Wearing their white and maroon uniforms for the last time, students from the seven Grade 12 classes walked up to receive their certificates in front of proud family members.

Among them was Grace Mageo, who was awarded dux of the Grade 12 science students.

4 decades after high school…

Each graduating student has his or her own story of inspiration.

Yesterday, a humble Papua New Guinean achieved his dream, 4 decades after leaving high school.

The sight of this middle-aged man, neatly dressed in the graduation colours and seated away from the rest of the graduands, raised curiosity.

Donald Yehilomo Lunen was among the handful of Professional Studies students graduating from the University of Papua New Guinea.

This degree is for my hard working parents

There is reflection on past trials and successes as well as hope for the future, and that is what 25-year-old Jennifer Kua yearns for.

Kua’s story is one that most or all average Papua New Guinean families can relate to.

First in a family of 5, Kua’s parents fled their home village in Kerowagi, Simbu Province, with the hope of starting a new life in Port Moresby; a life free from tribal fights and better education opportunities for their children.

But the nation’s capital wasn’t the promised land they had imagined.

Over 1,000 graduate with degrees, honours

Today officially marked the successful end of 4 years of hard work, sacrifices and commitment and signaled the beginning of the season of reaping and joy.

Celebratory cheers could be heard as graduands, each representing their families and tribes, received the prized blue ‘mambu’ (bamboo).

Addressing the graduating class of 2018, Vice Chancellor Vincent Malaibe highlighted the challenges the institution faces but maintained that today's ceremony was a bitter sweet achievement.

UPNG graduation underway

The University forum square was a sea of blue as graduands from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), School of Business and Public Policy (SBPP) and School of Law (SOL) marched in procession to the beat of the Manus garamut.

The morning session will see a total of 510 students graduate: 213 from SHSS, 7O from SOL and 218 from SBPP.

The graduands entered the ceremonial arena before a packed crowd of family and friends.

Tokarara secondary graduates over 200 students

These students are the 6th batch to graduate from Tokarara Secondary School, which only started taking in students for grades 11 and 12 in 2011.

The school is now 33 years old and boasts of its academic achievements.

In 2016, 70 percent of pass out students from Tokarara secondary made it to tertiary institutions throughout the country.

Maths head of department and graduation coordinator, Tony Tom, says the school keeps improving every year.

"Each year, there is an increase in the number of students that go through to tertiary institutions,” he says.

APTC graduates 132 skilled workers

The skilled workers graduated with certificates and diploma in 17 different skilled fields and join over 10,600 APTC graduates across the Pacific.

These include electrical, plumbing, construction, automotive, education support, tourism, counselling, air-conditioning and refrigerating, disability, wall and floor tiling, garment manufacturing, painting and decorating, hospitality, cookery and engineering.

APTC is committed to delivering internationally recognised Australian qualifications to Pacific islanders from 14 Pacific Island countries.

UOG will not charge a graduation fee

UOG vice-chancellor Professor Musawe Sinebare confirmed that the cost for staging the graduation has always been budgeted for and there’s no new additional cost that will be offloaded to the students.

Sinebare said, “The students do not have to pay anything to graduate.

“They’ve already earned their grades and the graduation ceremony is an occasion to present them their certificates of achievement and a celebration of their efforts.