‘This is just the beginning,’ N.U.S. graduates told

By Deidre Fanene ,

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Ariel Fanaafi Ioane with her proud relatives from Vaimoso

Ariel Fanaafi Ioane with her proud relatives from Vaimoso (Photo: Deidre Fanene)

The National University of Samoa was a place of joyous celebration on Wednesday this week. 

After the Foundation students graduated last week, this time it was the students of Technical and Vocational Training Programmes who stepped up to the podium to be congratulated for their hard work at the end of the academic year.

More than 400 graduates received certificates and diplomas in front of parents, families and friends who came to witness the special celebration. 

There were tears of joy, laugher and plenty of happiness to be shared among the students and their supporters.

Gloria Meredith, Fuaiupu Young and Faiva Tala with their proud relatives
Gloria Meredith, Fuaiupu Young and Faiva Tala with their proud relatives
James Schuster and Michael Ekueni
James Schuster and Michael Ekueni
Kememej Tavita and Siu Tavita with friends
Kememej Tavita and Siu Tavita with friends
Kiriani Aunese and his proud mother and siblings
Kiriani Aunese and his proud mother and siblings
Lagi Misiluki with her proud family
Lagi Misiluki with her proud family
Leoleoga Anitelea, Easter Tofaeono, Kathleen Lilomaiava, Magnolia Faatau
Leoleoga Anitelea, Easter Tofaeono, Kathleen Lilomaiava, Magnolia Faatau
LLeyton Tepa, Kelvin Uili and Sonny Kaio
LLeyton Tepa, Kelvin Uili and Sonny Kaio
Malaeimi Eteuati, Audrae Pouniu and Esera Junior Mose
Malaeimi Eteuati, Audrae Pouniu and Esera Junior Mose
Mother Taiala and daughter Sharon Fomai
Mother Taiala and daughter Sharon Fomai
Eta Tualasea Tusitatino, Father Falaniko Fala and Marie Wong See
Eta Tualasea Tusitatino, Father Falaniko Fala and Marie Wong See
Ricky Peato Ale with his proud family
Ricky Peato Ale with his proud family
Siaosi and Victor Semu, Pualele Pualele and Tausaga Evi Tagoai
Siaosi and Victor Semu, Pualele Pualele and Tausaga Evi Tagoai
Taufaanuu Puepuemai and Elijah Iamafana with their relatives
Taufaanuu Puepuemai and Elijah Iamafana with their relatives
Tumatilotilo Tapuai Filipo and proud family
Tumatilotilo Tapuai Filipo and proud family

The Managing Director of the Samoa Water Authority, Seugamaalii Jammie Sa’ena, was the guest speaker. She congratulated the students and urged them to do their best with the skills they had acquired.

“This is just the beginning, never stop looking for opportunities to further your education,” she said. “Never stop looking to increase your knowledge base.”

Here are some more photos from the graduation ceremony:

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