Minister Encourages Graduates to Use Their Education for National Progress

Press Release Posted On: April 29, 2024

Graduates at the Labasa Graduation Ceremony.

Graduates were reminded the important role they would play in the various workforce and the ensure they use their learning and skills for the betterment of Fiji, region and the international level.

FNU Deputy Chair of Council, Dr Alisi Vudiniabola

These was the address from the Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources and the Chief Guest at the 2024 Fiji National University Labasa Graduation Ceremony, Honourable Filimoni Vosarogo.

“Graduands, you will determine the future of Fiji; if you do more, then we stand, and if you do, then we fall, and we fall as a nation,” Honourable Vosarogo said.

“The coalition government prioritises education as the powerful tool that propels individuals, communities, and society towards greater success.”

Minister for Lands and Minieral Resources Honourable Filimoni Vosarogo presenting a certificate to a graduate at the FNU Labasa Graduation.

“Fiji National University holds the responsibility to meet the national and regional demand for its skilled workforce, achieving this through learning, teaching, research, and collaborative efforts for both the regional and global sectors.”

Fiji National University Deputy Council Chair, Dr Alisi Talatoka Vudiniabola, said that graduation signifies a significant milestone in the lives of students, marking the culmination of their hard work, commitment, and dedication.

“As part of the FNU family, we take pride in your transformation into well-rounded individuals. You are not just graduates; you are ambassadors of FNU, poised to contribute to societal betterment,” Dr Vudiniabola said.

“The education imparted here not only equips you for professional success but also instils values like integrity, empathy, and a commitment to lifelong learning.”

“The FNU Council remains committed to realising the university’s strategic goals, supported by the Fijian Government and stakeholders, in nurturing academic aspirations.”

A total of 134 students graduated from the Labasa Campus yesterday with a total of 1593 students who have graduated from the 2024 April graduation from FNU.

FNU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Unaisi Nabobo-Baba, congratulated the graduates for their hard work, dedication, and commitment through which they gained success in their academic career.

“You are the graduate of FNU, and we expect everyone of you to move the nation forward,” Professor Nabobo-Baba said.

Vasist Chand, who graduated with a Diploma in Banking (Level 5) from FNU’s College of Business, Hospitality, and Tourism Studies, said he was excited to join the workforce and use the learning and skills he has attained from FNU.

“I am proud to have graduated today! When I look back, the journey was wonderful and an amazing path to success,” Chand said.

“My mother and father, along with my sister and her husband, have always stood there, guiding me to success. I am so blessed to have them in my life, as they were pillars of strength for me.”