MORE than a hundred students who studied at the APTC (Australia-Pacific Technical College) graduated in style yesterday in the presence of family, friends and peers, marking the successful completion of their programmes.
With the theme, ‘Contributing towards a prosperous Pacific driven by skilled, competitive and productive workforce’, the graduation ceremony started with a colourful parade, followed by singing of both national anthems, Australia and the Solomon Islands, at the Mendana Hotel Avenue.
The Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, HE Roderick Brazier was the keynote speaker of the day.
Mr Brazier congratulated the students and urged them to use the knowledge gained to help in the growth of our economy.
“This day is your day. On behalf of the Australia-Pacific Technical College, it is my great pleasure to offer you our congratulations on this very special graduation day. You have demonstrated courage, hard work and dedication to your learning. As a result you have been awarded an Australian vocational qualification that is recognised nationally and internationally.”
In his accolade he extends his gratitude to the graduates’ employers and families for their efforts and support.
“You have made sacrifices to undertake your studies at the APTC. We know that for many, you needed to leave your place of work, your family and community for a period of time in order to undertake your studies. We thank your employers and families who have supported you through this time.”
Speaking for the students, Ms Betty Ramolelea thanks foremost the staff of APTC.
“It is an honour to represent all the graduate students. Today, we are so thankful and have trusts that we not only acquire skills and knowledge to equip us well for employment but that you have leave the experiences with new professional friendships and also has given us a new chapter I our lives.”
Ms Helen Leeson, APTC Executive Director Training Delivery, wished all the graduates well in their future.
“We appreciate that you came to APTC with a wealth of experience and such we acknowledge that we learn from you. All at APTC thank you for the opportunity to share in your learning. We trust that this is just the beginning and that you continue to strive to be the very best you can be in your preferred work. We wish you well on your graduation and for your future.”
The ceremony was closed by a word of prayer by Catholic Archbishop Christopher Cardone, followed by group photos and refreshments.