Online graduation postponed to Monday

By Talaia Mika 10 December 2020, 4:00PM

The Technical and Vocational Education and Training (T.V.E.T.) graduation at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) has been postponed to next Monday.

The graduation was initially scheduled for this Friday 11 December.

However, the N.U.S. administration has advised in a social media post on Tuesday that due to technical delays in filming and production the graduation will now be aired live next Monday.

“Due to technical delays in filming and production, our N.U.S. T.V.E.T. Graduation (originally scheduled for this Friday 11 December) will now be aired live on Monday the 14th of December at 10am,” stated the university administration’s post on Wednesday.

“We regret any inconvenience caused.”

As for the N.U.S Foundation graduation, the university said it remains on schedule for this Thursday 10 December at 10am and will be broadcast on the platforms TV5 as well as N.U.S. TV and the Facebook page.

Attempts by the Samoa Observer to get comments from the N.U.S management – in relation to the total number of students who will graduate as well as more clarification on the postponement of the online graduation – were unsuccessful.

However, one of this year’s graduates, Leslie Sauiluma-Lesa, of Sa'anapu told the Samoa Observer that their family members were looking forward to the graduation this Friday.

“The moment I found out about the day of the graduation, I told my mom about it and we prepared everything specially,” she said.

“We were all looking forward to it and my mom and I were about to try out my gown at the campus but then we heard it’s postponed which made me sad of course.”

Ms. Lesa, who is the daughter of Malua Mesa and Samitioata Sauiluma, will be graduating from the university with a diploma in office management.

She was educated at and is an alumni of the Leulumoega College before enrolling at the N.U.S.

“This is my first time graduating like this hence why I as well as my family were all looking forward to it,” she said.

“We’ve been through so many challenges this year and last year with the measles epidemic and now the Covid-19 pandemic and we just want to graduate.”

Currently, her dream is to look for a job as soon as possible and assist her parents and family, and before considering further study options.

By Talaia Mika 10 December 2020, 4:00PM

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