Prime Minister is official guest at DWU graduation

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, The Rt. Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, is scheduled to attend the Divine Word University’s 32nd annual graduation ceremony on Sunday 3rd March, 2013.

The Rt. Hon Peter O’Neill will give the keynote address while the Australian Deputy High Commissioner, Ms. Margaret Adamson will be a guest speaker. Other speakers are DWU Council Chairman, Fr (Dr) Garrett Roche, SVD who will deliver the welcome address, DWU President, Fr Jan Czuba, who will give an address and graduating student, Ms. Amanda Pena will conclude with the valedictory on behalf of the graduating class.

Mr O’Neill, who has previously visited the Madang campus as Prime Minister and in other ministerial capacities, will be among an impressive list of dignitaries to witness DWU graduating its second cohort of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students among other achievements.

Graduating with PhD degrees will be high school teacher-turned-teachers college administrator, Stephen Qualum Potek and DWU lecturer in Information Systems, Iwona Kolodziejczyk. Mr Potek, from Manus Province will be graduating under the Faculty of Education while Ms Kolodziejczyk from Poland will do so through the Faculty of Arts.

They join the DWU’s pioneer PhD graduates, Dr Bernadette Aihi and Dr Paul Pasingan, who were bestowed their doctorates at the 2011 graduation.

The graduation ceremony will also produce the first graduates from the Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) and Bachelor of Mathematics and Computing Science programs. The MPA which is administered by DWU’s Port Moresby Campus will see three students graduate while the Mathematics and Computing Science program will have nine students graduating.

The Chairman of the DWU graduation committee, Mr. Ted Alau, said those who will graduate have to be at the Madang campus on Saturday 2nd March to collect academic gowns in the morning and to take part in the rehearsal from 3pm onwards. He said the gowns are available on hire for K50 non-refundable and K550 outright purchase. Mr. Alau said the payment for the gown has to be deposited into DWU’s BSP account number 1000433806 and the deposit slip brought to the University to be presented for the collection of the gown. Mr. Alau said over 680 students will graduate from the 3rd March ceremony at the Madang campus. He addedthat this is in addition to those who graduated from other institutions that are either amalgamated or affiliated to DWU late last year, bringing the total to 1694 graduates receiving DWU awards.

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