Integrity is key, says Dame Meg Taylor

High profile Papua New Guinea diplomat, Dame Meg Taylor has urged outgoing Divine Word University (DWU) students to rise up and become somebody with integrity doing great things for their families, community, country and the world.

The Secretary-General of the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat urged the students to maintain all the Christian values and ethics they have acquired in DWU as they step out of the University gate and into the world. Dame Taylor made the remarks when addressing the 9th Missioning Ceremony for final year undergraduate students on Friday 20 October 2017.

 Dame Taylor said the well-rounded education they received in the Catholic University places them in really good stead to be somebody different and purposeful.

“I wish I was educated like you in DWU,” said Dame Taylor who is a lawyer by profession and is the daughter of one of the three pioneer Australian patrol officers who to set foot in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea in the early 1930s, Jim Taylor. She told the students to maintain their integrity at all times in their lives.

Dame Meg said as young professionals they can never go wrong with their integrity intact.

“All things fall into place with integrity,” said the roving diplomat who has served the country with distinction at the United Nations, United States of America, Canada and Mexico among other diplomatic assignments.

She pleaded with the students never to look inwards and fall by the wayside because PNG needs its younger generation to rise above reproach and do what is right for the country.

Dame Taylor said as a parent, Papua New Guinean and professional, she wholeheartedly appreciates the highly principled and holistic education the Catholic university is offering to young people and this must be embraced.

Dame Taylor said she was in the United States of America 48 hours earlier on business and had to travel all the way to the Madang campus because “this (education in DWU) is serious business”.

She was at the campus as a guardian of her niece Rachel Taylor who is completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree and spoke on behalf of all parents. More than 350 final year undergraduate students participated in the ceremony.

They each received a Missioning Cross signifying that they were now ready to go out into the world on a mission to make a positive difference. Commissioner of Customs and DWU Alumni Ray Paul was the keynote speaker who shared similar sentiments as Ambassador Taylor. Mr Paul urged the students to get serious with life and do great things for the country and their families and communities as soon as they leave DWU after the exams which start next week.

He called on the soon-to-be professionals to not leave it too late to make a positive contribution.

President of DWU, Professor Cecilia Nembou in her welcome remarks said DWU has prepared the outgoing students in a holistic way and they were now ready to meet the challenges in world. Prof Nembou said DWU was proud to continue to nurture young people who can make a difference in their communities, country and the world.

She added that the Missioning ceremony fulfills the spiritual side of the graduation process while the actual graduation takes place in March next year.

Other DWU Campuses in Rabaul and Wewak have their own missioning and graduation ceremonies towards the end of the year.